James H. Doolittle Scrapbooks
NASM.XXXX.0501

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0501
Creators:
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993
Dates:
1903-1969
bulk 1920-1950
Languages:
English
English.
Physical Description:
10 cubic feet
(10 boxes)
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
This collection includes twelve photograph albums and loose photographs covering Doolittle's varied aviation career.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Other materials include: books, photographs, trophies, plaques, paintings and models.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
There are two Series: Scrapbooks and Loose Photographs. Dates, condition, and a brief description of item-level content are listed below.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
James H. Doolittle's (1896-1993) piloting career spanned military aviation history and his professional contributions to the aviation field, especially in the area of instrument flying, made a lasting impact. Doolittle became an Army aviator in 1917 and received a Doctor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering degree from MIT in 1925. During the 1920s and 1930s, Doolittle won many speed, cross-country and transcontinental records and trophies and is often referred to as the "Father of Instrument Flying," because he demonstrated "instrument only flight" in 1929. He left the military in 1930 to become manager of Shell Oil Company's aviation department, but returned to the Army during World War II. During World War II, Doolittle led the first raid on the Japanese mainland in 1942, and was later promoted to the commander of the 12th, 15th, and 8th Air Forces. He returned to civilian life in 1946 and served as a trustee of aviation and space companies and as a member of numerous organizational and government boards, panels, and committees.

Administration
Processing Information note
The National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Archives Division also holds additional materials about James Doolittle.
Biographical information can be found in the biographical fiche collection at the NASM Archives/Garber Facility. In the NASM archives downtown facility, we recommend the Biographical Files which contain additional newspaper and journal articles, letters, memorabilia and photographs.
For additional photographs please see the NASM videodisc files located at the NASM archives facility downtown. The images can be seen on NASM videodisc 2B, 3B, 4A and 7B. In most cases, there are original videodisc prints available in the NASM archives facility downtown and copy negatives at the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Printing and Photographic Services (OPPS). Please consult a staff member for more detail and about ordering procedures.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Whitehair
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Transfer from National Air and Space Museum Aeronautics Division, 1973, XXXX-0501

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation note
James H. Doolittle Scrapbooks, Acc. XXXX-0501, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shell Oil Company. Aviation Dept. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Air Force. 12th Air Force. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Air Force. 15th Air Force. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Air Force. 8th Air Force. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial--United States Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA, 20151
Phone: 703-572-4045
NASMRefDesk@si.edu