Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection, 1906-1910

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0549
Creators:
Claudy, C. H. (Carl Harry), 1879-1957
Dates:
1906-1910
Languages:
English
English
Physical Description:
1.95 cubic feet
1 legal document box; 2 flat boxes; 13 clamshells
Repository:
This collection consists of nearly 250 glass plates, several folders of prints, and two boxes of glass plate envelopes affixed with small prints of the image formerly contained within them. The subject matter of the photography is primarily concerned with Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral experiments of 1906, flights of the Thomas Baldwin dirigible and the United States Signal Corps SC-1 free balloon (1908), and the Wright Flyer Army Trials at Fort Meyer, Virginia (1908 and 1909).

Scope and Content
Scope and Content
The Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection, held by the Archives Division of the National Air and Space Museum, consists of 249 glass plate negatives, mainly 4x5 inches in area, taken by Claudy from 1907 to 1909 and photographic contact prints made from the negatives. The subject matter of these images are divided into three main categories: Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kite experiments (1907); the U.S. Army's trial flights of the Wright brothers' Military Flyer at Fort Meyer, Virginia (1908-1909); and lighter than air (LTA) flights including Thomas Baldwin's dirigible Signal Corps No. 1 and free balloon ascents by James C. McCoy's America and A. Leo Stevens' Signal Corps No. 10. The collection includes several prints from negatives broken or lost over time.
The collection photographs may be viewed online through the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) on its web site, http://www.siris.si.edu, or in the Archives Division reading room.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection material has been arranged in the following series:
Series I: Photographs of Alexander Graham Bell's Tetrahedral Kite Experiments (1907)
Series II: Photographs of Wright Flyer Army Trials at Fort Meyer, Virginia (1908-1909)
Series III: Photographs of LTA activity, including Baldwin Signal Corps No. 1 airship flights and several free balloon ascensions (1907-1908)
Series IV: Claudy's original glass plate negatives. Due to the fragile condition of the negatives, this series is not available to researchers.
Series V: Additional material, including Claudy's original negative envelopes and contact prints, copy negatives, and copies of scans of the original negatives on compact discs.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Carl Harry Claudy (1879-1957) was a journalist, a talented photographer, and the author of books on photography, aircraft modeling, Freemasonry, science fiction, and children's books. His books and articles include The First Book of Photography: a Primer of Theory and Practice for the Beginner (1918), Beginner's Book of Model Airplanes (1930), and Prize Winners' Book of Model Airplanes (1931). Claudy also wrote a comic strip,
Adventures in the Unknown
.
During the early 1900s, Claudy photographed several important aeronautical events - Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kite experiments; flights of the airship Signal Corps No. 1, the U.S. Army's first powered aircraft; and the Wright Military Flyer trials at Fort Meyer, Virginia.
Attending these events were well-known figures of the day, and Claudy photographed many of them: Orville and Wilbur Wright, Glenn Curtiss, Alexander Graham Bell, President William Howard Taft, Thomas Baldwin, and Alice Roosevelt. Claudy's photographs are a valuable record of the early days of aeronautics and of the people who played a part in them.

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged and described by Karen Whitehair, Melissa Keiser, and Allan Janus, 1996. Revised 2011.
Encoded by Rena Schergen, February 2012.
Author
Karen Whitehair, Melissa Keiser, and Allan Janus
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Carl H. Claudy, gift, 1957, XXXX-0549, unknown

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection, Acc. XXXX-0549, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
U.S. Signal Corps SC-1 free balloon Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Research aircraft Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kites Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airships Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wright Flyer Army Trials -- Fort Myer, Vir. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baldwin, Thomas Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Claudy, C. H. (Carl Harry), 1879-1957 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/