Edwin C. Parsons Scrapbooks
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Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0308
Creators:
Parsons, Edwin C, 1892-1968
Dates:
1914-1924
bulk 1915-1820
Languages:
Multiple languages
This collection contains materials in English and in French.
Physical Description:
0.66 Cubic feet
1 flatbox
Repository:
This collection contains three scrapbooks and four certificates relating to Edwin C. Parsons' aviation career.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection contains three scrapbooks and four certificates relating to Edwin C. Parsons' aviation career. The three scrapbooks include photos, news clippings, and mementos from Edwin C. Parsons' expatriate years, 1914-1924. Included in the albums are photos of Parsons' service in France with the Lafayette Escadrille and Les Cigognes squadron, his repatriation certificate, French military citations, and his memoir
Fighting Men of the Sky
, published in 40 installments weekly beginning 24 March 1918. Also included are news clippings of Parsons' exploits during his varied career.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by type of material; the scrapbooks are in original order and the loose items are housed at the end of the collection.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Rear Admiral Edwin C. Parsons (1892-1968) had a varied aviation career, serving in two World Wars. Parsons graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1910 and after attending the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to California where he learned to fly at Dominguez Field. Parsons was commissioned with the Mexican Aviation Corps in 1914 where he trained Pancho Villa's pilots. In 1915, he worked his way to Europe where he joined the Lafayette Escadrille, and was credited with eight kills, making him an ace. From 1920 until 1923, Parsons was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He then went to Hollywood where he became a script writer and technical advisor, working on such films as
Wings
,
Dawn Patrol
, and
The Great Adventure
. In 1934 he joined the Naval Reserve where he advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral. During World War II Parsons served on an aircraft carrier and took part in amphibious landings in the South Pacific. He retired from the service in 1954.

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2019.
Author
Jessamyn Lloyd
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Adm. Edwin C. Parsons, Gift, unknown, NASM.XXXX.0308

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
Edwin C. Parsons Scrapbooks, NASM.XXXX.0308, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/