Alfred W. Lawson Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1999.0046
Creators:
Lawson, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1869-1954
Dates:
[ca. 1920s-1940s]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.33 Cubic feet
(1 legal document box) (1 flatbox) (1 oversized folder)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the following secondary source material relating to Alfred Lawson: photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, biographical information, advertisements, and his published writings. There are also some large broadsides relating to his lectures on Lawsonomy.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alfred William Lawson (1869-1954) was born in London, England. Three weeks after Lawson's birth his family moved to Ontario, Canada. In 1872 the family moved again, this time to Detroit Michigan, where they became American citizens. In 1908, after a career in baseball, Lawson settled in Philadelphia where he launched a popular aviation magazine entitled _Fly_. Two years later he moved to New York City and started another aviation magazine entitled _Aircraft_. When the United States entered World War I, Lawson established the Lawson Aircraft Corporation to build training planes for the Army. Two prototypes were built, but orders were not contracted before the War was over. Lawson then formed the Lawson Airplane Company to build aircraft for the Lawson Air Transportation Company. The Lawson C-2, which Lawson called an airliner, was completed in August 1919. The following week it traveled from Milwaukee to New York City and Washington, DC. In 1920, on the basis of the success of his first airliner, Lawson designed a larger aircraft. Completed in 1921, an attempt to takeoff from a small field resulted in a crash and the end of his company. In 1928 Lawson made another attempt to enter the airline industry with a 100 passenger design, but it was never completed. Lawson spent his remaining 23 years promoting his economic philosophy, 'Lawsonomy.'

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Vivian J. Smith, gift/transfer, 1999, 1999-0046, unknown

General
General
Additional material: Two posters from this collection were transferred to the National Air and Space Museum Aeronautics Division.
General
NASMrev

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Fly (periodical) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aircraft (periodical) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawson (Alfred) C-2 Airliner Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Economics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Conduct of life Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aircraft industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Journalism, Aeronautical Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Lawson, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1869-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawson Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawson Airplane Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawson Airline Transportation Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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