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0.49 Cubic feet
1 legal document box
This collection consists of files on Aero Service Corp and Virgil Kauffman.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of correspondence, published materials, press clippings, photographs, and maps documenting Aero Service and its photogrammetrist work, as well as material on Virgil Kauffman in particular.
Arranged by the archivist in chronological order.
Virgil Kauffman (1898-1925) was a photographer and photogrammetrist. Kauffman was a unit photographer in the U.S. Army during World War I and was assigned to the Air Service for aerial reconnaissance. After the war Kauffman joined the Aero Service Corporation and eventually became President of the company. Aero Service was founded in 1919 to carry out a wide variety of projects, including aerial photography, photo mapping, and remote sensing. The company participated in several important projects, including work with the Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Geological Survey, and mapping work for the European and Pacific theaters during World War II.
The archivist used file unit titles that were present at time of donation; provenance of these titles are unknown. Anything the archivist added is in brackets.
Some file unit titles were at least Dorothy Cochrane's, Museum Specialist. She removed the materials from Kauffmans home in 1986. The titles might be original still, but it is unknown.
The researcher might also like to visit The Library Company of Philadelphia, which houses almost 4,000 aerial images taken primarily during the 1920s and 1930s by the Aero Service Corporation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Virgil Kauffman Estate and C. Eric Storms, gift, 1986, 1987-0146, unknown
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Virgil Kauffman/Aero Service Corporation Collection, Acc. 1987-0146, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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