Jean Warren (J. W.) Seele Aircraft Photography Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2000.0057
Creators:
Seele, Jean W. (Jean Warren), 1924-1993
Dates:
[ca. 1950s-1970s]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
12.11 Cubic feet
(1 shoebox) (7 slide and card cabinets)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of approximately 6000 color slides and over 2000 negatives/prints (a mixture of color and black and white) of civil and military aircraft taken by Seele, circa 1950s-1970s. The shots were taken in the United States, specifically in the Midwest. Aircraft from the following manufacturers are represented: Aero Commander, Arrow, Aeronca, Beechcraft, Bell, Bellanca, Boeing, Bristol, Bucker, Callair, Cessna, Consolidated, Convair, Curtiss, Dassault, de Havilland, Davis, Dart, Douglas, ERCO, Fairchild, Fleet, Ford, Goodyear, Great Lakes, Grumman, Howard, Hawker Siddeley, Hughes, Heinkel, Jodel, Junkers, Lockheed, Ling-Temco-Vought, Lawson, Parsons, Pitts, Pitcarin, Piper, Pazmany, Piaggo, Porterfield, Republic, SAAB, Sikorsky, Stampe, Stearman, Stinson, Swearingen, Taylor, Vickers, and Waco. In June of 2001 the Smitihsonian's Museum of American History transferred an additional shoebox of Seele photography that had been sent directly to them from the widow. This color images included balloon events as well as aircraft shots. The ballooning images are color prints taken mostly around Topeka, Kansas, while the aircraft images are color transparencies of aircraft taken, again, mostly around Topeka.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jean Warren (J. W.) Seele (1924-1993) was born in Topeka, Kansas, and spent almost his entire life there. After his graduation from Topeka High School he was enrolled for about one and a half years at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although he worked for a few years at Bendix Aviation Corp, Kansas City Division during the 1950s, most of his professional career was spent as an engineering technician for the Kansas Department of Transportation. While he was not directly employed in the aviation field, Seele's hobby was photographing aircraft. Over a twenty year period, Seele photographed aircraft and at various times he was the official photographer for the National Antique Airplane Association, and for the annual fly-in sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association at Rockford, Illinois. Seele's photographs often appeared in the publications of both organizations, and several of this photographs also appeared in Jane's All the World's Aircraft during the 1970s.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Charline Seele, Gift, 2000, 2000-0057, NASM, except for images not taken by Seele.

General
General
Additional materials: photographs taken by Seele of the Kansas countryside, including many of threshing demonstrations, were transferred to the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History.
General
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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
Jane's all the world's aircraft Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photography Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Black-and-white negatives Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Seele, Jean W. (Jean Warren), 1924-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hughes Aircraft Co Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Antique Airplane Association Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Experimental Aircraft Association Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aero Commander (Aircraft manufacturer) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arrow Aircraft & Motors Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Callair (Call Aircraft Co) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bucker (Bucker Flugzeugbau GmbH) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Consolidated Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Convair (Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Goodyear Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Great Lakes Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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de Havilland Aircraft Company, Ltd Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Douglas Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Erco (Engineering and Research Corporation) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fairchild Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fleet Aircraft Ltd Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Heinkel (Aircraft manufacturer) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jodel (Societe des Avions Jodel) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Junkers (Junkers Flugzeug Werke AG) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lockheed Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vought (Aircraft manufacturer) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawson Airplane Co Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawson Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pitts Aviation Enterprises, Inc Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pitcairn (Pitcairn-Cierva) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piper Aircraft Corp. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pazmany Aircraft Corp (Ladislao Pazmany) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piaggio (Industrie Aeronautiche e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio SpA) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Porterfield Aircraft Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Republic Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saab (Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget AB) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sikorsky (Aircraft manufacturer) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stearman Aircraft Co Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stinson (Aircraft manufacturer) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swearingen Aircraft Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vickers (Aircraft manufacturer) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Waco Aircraft Company 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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