Colonel W. Sumpter Smith Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0023
Creators:
Smith, Walter Sumpter, 1897-1943
Dates:
1918-1939
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4.76 Cubic feet
4 records center boxes, 1 flatbox
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The majority of the collection was compiled by Mrs. W. Sumpter Smith and consists of newspaper clippings and photos. The clippings come primarily from newspapers in and about the Birmingham, AL region and deal with general aviation news from the time period 1918-1935. There are clippings dealing with Sumpter and his activities throughout the collection. Four volumes were compiled by Sumpter himself and deal with the activities of the Civil Aeronautics Authority (1938-39), Civil Works Administration (1933-39), and Works Projects Administration (1935-36). The collection also contains a scrapbook of a WPA Airport Inspection trip in October/November 1937 containing captioned photographs of the trip's high points, as well as photographs documenting the construction of Washington National Airport (1939-1943).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Colonel Walter Sumpter Smith (1897-1943) was an engineer, Army pilot, government aviation official, and promoter of aviation. He served as an Army pilot and instructor in World War I and afterwards as commandant of Roberts Field in Birmingham, AL, and helped to establish new air mail routes in the South during the late 1920s. In 1935 he was made head of the Airport Division of the Works Project Administration and was later appointed chairman of the Safety Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority. In January 1939 he was appointed as chairman of the commission to build Washington National Airport. During World War II, he returned to active duty and was made chief of Transport and Facilities Division of Army Air Support in March 1942. On 24 January 1943 his aircraft disappeared over the Caribbean Sea. In 1943 he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No donor information, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0023, unknown

General
General
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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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
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Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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