Amelia Earhart Project Recordings

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2020.0025
Creators:
Jourdan, David W.
Long, Elgen Marion, 1927-
Dates:
1959-1998
Languages:
English
.
Physical Description:
5 Cubic feet
Four record center boxes.
Repository:
This donation consists of 156 separate interviews or sound sources collected by Elgen Long while he was researching and writing his book,
Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved
which promotes the theory that Amelia Earhart's aircraft came to rest at the bottom of the ocean near Howland Island.
This collection is in English.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The donation consists of 156 separate interviews or sound sources, some comprising two or more tape sides. Most of them are interviews conducted by Long, including interviews with: crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter
Itasca
; Naval and Coast Guard officials; mechanics and engineers involved in the maintenance of Earhart's aircraft; New Guinea and Australia residents and radio operators; friends, family and associates of Earhart and Noonan; and advocates of alternative disappearance theories. There are also radio interviews and a few movie soundtracks and miscellaneous items. The total running time of the collection is 13,209 minutes (220sca hours). This donation also includes a hard drive which holds 387 audio files in .mp3 or .mp4 format (each file is an interview with the possibility of multiple interviews per tape).

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arrangement by donor.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Elgen Long collected oral recordings, both interviews and sound sources, while he was researching and writing his book,
Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved
which promotes the theory that Amelia Earhart's aircraft came to rest at the bottom of the ocean near Howland Island. These tapes were also used throughout Long's partnership with David W. Jourdan, founder of the deep-sea exploration company Nauticos, during their three attempts to locate Earhart's aircraft on the ocean floor (2002, 2006, and 2017).

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2020.
Author
Patti Williams
Immediate Source of Acquisition
David Jourdan, Gift, 2020, NASM.2020.0025

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
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
Amelia Earhart Project Recordings, NASM.2020.0025, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Underwater exploration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flights around the world Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings -- Audiotapes -- Audio cassettes -- Music Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Noonan, Frederick Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nauticos Corporation Corporate 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
https://airandspace.si.edu/archives