- Collection ID:
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993
- Physical Description:
This collection includes twelve photograph albums and loose photographs covering Doolittle's varied aviation career.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection includes twelve photograph albums and loose photographs covering Doolittle's varied aviation career, including images from Doolittle's trips to South America.
There are two Series: Scrapbooks and Loose Photographs. Dates, condition, and a brief description of item-level content are listed below.
James H. Doolittle's (1896-1993) piloting career spanned military aviation history and his professional contributions to the aviation field, especially in the area of instrument flying, made a lasting impact. Doolittle became an Army aviator in 1917 and received a Doctor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering degree from MIT in 1925. During the 1920s and 1930s, Doolittle won many speed, cross-country and transcontinental records and trophies and is often referred to as the "Father of Instrument Flying," because he demonstrated "instrument only flight" in 1929. He left the military in 1930 to become manager of Shell Oil Company's aviation department, but returned to the Army during World War II. During World War II, Doolittle led the first raid on the Japanese mainland in 1942, and was later promoted to the commander of the 12th, 15th, and 8th Air Forces. He returned to civilian life in 1946 and served as a trustee of aviation and space companies and as a member of numerous organizational and government boards, panels, and committees.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Transfer from National Air and Space Museum Aeronautics Division, 1973, NASM.XXXX.0501
The National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Archives Division also holds additional materials about James Doolittle.
Biographical information can be found in the NASM Archives' Biographical Files which contain additional newspaper and journal articles, letters, memorabilia and photographs.
For additional photographs please see the NASM videodisc files. The images can be seen on NASM videodisc 2B, 3B, 4A and 7B; in most cases the original prints are available in the NASM Archives' Videodisc Imagery Collection, NASM.XXXX.1000.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access
James H. Doolittle Scrapbooks, NASM.XXXX.0501, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151