National Air and Space Museum Archives

Charles E. Taylor Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1987.0006
Creators:
Taylor, Charles Edward, 1868-1956
Dates:
1928-1966
bulk 1928-1956
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.23 Cubic feet
(1 slim legal document box)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This accession includes Taylor's correspondence with his son, Rueben W. Taylor, (1928-1948), and the Garrison Machine Works, (1953-1956), makers of gears used in the Wright flyer engines. The letters to Rueben Taylor are originals, while the Garrison Machine Works correspondence are mostly xerox copies. Also included are brief biographical sketches of Taylor.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Edward Taylor (1868-1956), sometimes referred to as 'the first airplane mechanic,' worked intermittently from 1901 to 1920 for Orville and Wilbur Wright and the Wright-Martin Company. Born in Nebraska in 1868, Taylor built the first engine that powered an airplane in flight, a little four-cylnder, gasoline engine which was used in the Wright 1903 Flyer at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Charles Edward Taylor, II, Gift, 1986, 1987-0006, NASM

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
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

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Airplanes -- Motors Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes -- Design and construction Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wright (Brothers) 1903 Flyer Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Biographies Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taylor, Charles Edward, 1868-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wright-Martin Aircraft Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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