Russian Aeronautical Collection
30.81 Cubic feet (53 legal-size document boxes, 1 slim legal-size document box, 1 flat box )
The Russian Aeronautical Collection is a mix of technical, historical, and cultural reference materials, including originals or copies of articles, documents and other historical materials relating to Russian and Soviet aviation from the Tsarist period through the Soviet era. The collection focuses on key events, personalities and aircraft designs, and certain subject areas are covered in depth, including the life and career of Igor Sikorsky, the transpolar flights of the 1930s, Soviet aviation in the Spanish Civil War, and the operational history of the Soviet Air Force in World War II.
Alexander de Seversky Russian Photograph Album
This 12 1/2 by 9 1/2 inch black-paged photograph album, with captions in Russian, comes from the estate of Alexander de Seversky. It contains aerial photographs, images of the Russian officers and sailors, hangars and shipyards, and various float planes, some equipped with pontoons for use on ice. Aircraft seen in the photographs include the Sikorsky S-10 Hydro, Sikorsky S-5A, Sikorsky Il'ya Muromets on floats, Grigorovich pusher seaplane, Franco-British Aviation Co. Ltd. FBA Model C, and Maurice Farman M.F.11.
William E. G. Taylor Collection
This collection consists of the following types of material documenting Taylor's remarkable aviation career: two scrapbooks, photographs, invitations, correspondence, identification cards, newspaper articles, Eagle Squadron Association material, Armed Forces memoranda, and biographical information. The scrapbooks contain material mostly highlighting Taylor's aviation career and the countries where he served; however, there …
Arthur T. Atherholt Collection
This collection includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a speech, flight logs, and maps documenting Atherholt's balloon racing career.
Jacques Tiziou Space Collection
Jacques Tiziou (1939-2017) was a professional journalist and photographer, concentrating on aerospace topics. This collection includes materials from Tiziou's archive of historical documents, photography, and ephemera from the space program (both national and international) as well as his own photography and writings.
Rocket, Space, and Early Artillery History
bulk [ca. 1940-1960]
This collection is a compilation of various reports, journals, letters, and books on three main subjects: early artillery, rockets, and space technology. The early artillery history is covered by manuscripts and reports from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century. The collection then covers rocket development in Russia, Germany, England …
Kress Flying Machine Patent and Letter
Wilhelm Kress (1836--1913) was an inventor, writer, and lecturer. This collection contains one of Kress' German patents, patent number 8706, for one of his flying machine models; a letter from 1883, in German, signed by Kress; and a description, in English, of the flying machine written by Arnold Samuelson (who lists his title as "Chief Engineer").
Hermann Oberth Collection
This collection consists of material in German and English documenting Oberth's life and career in the field of astronautics. The information includes six photographs, an article written by him for Space Journal, correspondence between Dr. Oberth and the donor Anton Palmai, and four books, three of which are in German …
Philip Lathrap Aircraft Color Slide Collection
This collection consists of approximately 8500 color slides of aircraft taken by Philip Lathrap. The slides include both civilian and military aircraft shot at air shows, air bases, airports, and museums around the world, including the United States, Canada, England, China, and Russia. The slide mounts are individually labeled and the …
Paul Studenski Collection
This collection contains two scrapbooks and the personal papers of Dr. Paul Studenski, an early aviator who flew from 1910-1913. Born in St. Petersburg, Studenski studied law and medicine before earning the 292nd license from L'Aero Club de France. He immigrated to the United States in 1911 and exercised his prodigious flying skills as instructor, test pilot and exhibition pilot before retiring from flying to distinguish himself in the fields of economics and government service.