Aeronautics; Ballooning; Airplane racing; Time-tables; Flight schools; Air travel
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0012 Aeronautics Collection Inventory of Aeronautics Collection A0012 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2018 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 email@example.com URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:47:58 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid by Jaime Bourassa, July 2018.
The Aeronautics Collection is a subject-based collection. The items in this collection have been acquired by the Missouri Historical Society from a multiplicity of sources. In cases where accession information is readily available, this information has been noted after the description of the item.
Scope and Contents
Collection of correspondence, reports, printed material, and clippings pertaining to St. Louis aviation history. Includes papers relating to the Pioneer Aeroplane and Exhibition Company (1911); the St. Louis Aeronautic Corporation, formed to hold the international air races in St. Louis, October 1-2, 1923; ballooning; and the early history of Lambert St. Louis Flying Field.
The collection is arranged chronologically with undated items at the end.
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The collection is open for research use.
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Aeronautics Collection, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis.
Aeronautics -- Competitions
Aeronautics -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Aeronautics -- United States
Air pilots -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Air pilots -- United States
Airports -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Ballooning -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Ballooning -- United States
Balloonists -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Balloonists -- United States
Lambert, Albert Bond, 1875-1946
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
Certificate of Dr. C.G. Brun, St. Louis. Invention for propelling balloons or boats. Includes typed translation and two articles from Air Trails regarding early ballooning. (4 items) (original in French) (gift of P.M. Papin) 1830 May 30; 1949 Oct; 1954 1 Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other information regarding balloon ascensions of Professor John Wise, William Hyde, A.O. Gager, and John Lemountain, 1859-1879. (correspondence dated 1906-1940) (approximately 9 items) 1859-1879 1 Extracts from the St. Louis Republican concerning balloonists Professor Wise and George Burr. (typewritten) 1879 Sept 28-Oct 25 1 Announcement of the Dillon-Gregg Airship to be built and operated as a leading attraction during the St. Louis World's Fair. Compliments of S.G. Adams Stamp and Seal Co., St. Louis. (from William K. Bixby Collection) 1903 1 Timeline summary of St. Louis aviation history (mimeograph). Includes Rules and Regulations Governing the Aeronautic Competition at the Universal Exposition, St. Louis, 1904, issued August 1903. (2 items) 1903-1942 1 Bill from Buxton & Skinner Stationery Company, St. Louis, for printing of magazine, American Aeronaut . Includes letter signed D. Arthur Bowman, St. Louis, to Charles van Ravenswaay regarding the magazine. (2 items) 1908 June 30; 1958 Feb 21 1 Typed information regarding air races during St. Louis Centennial, including list of events and prizes. 1909 Oct 1 Announcement of St. Louis Centennial Association that Glenn H. Curtiss will enter aeroplane races to be held at St. Louis Centennial Week. (gift of Mrs. M.E. Hetzler, February 6, 1971; accession no. 71-0012) 1909 Oct 3 1 Papers relating to the Pioneer Aeroplane & Exhibition Company. (approximately 62 items) (loaned to the Missouri Historical Society by Cornelius J. Shea) 1910 Dec-1911 1 Rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale air meet, August 12-20, 1911. 1911 1 Statement regarding "Aviation and Automobiling for Women" by Capt. John Berry. (mimeograph) 1913-1914 1 Letter signed Lee Hammond, Great Lakes, Ill., to Issy Hellman, St. Louis. Description of flight of naval sea plane across Lake Michigan. Includes newspaper clipping telling of emergency water landing, takeoff. (2 items) (photograph of plane and crew available in Photographs and Prints Department) (gift of Clarence E. Schumacher, January 2, 1960; accession no. 60-0002) 1918 Aug 24 1 Advertisement for show about first flight across the Atlantic by Alcock and Brown at the Odeon, to be recounted by Lieut. Sir Arthur Whitten Brown, navigator for the flight, illustrated by slides and motion pictures. 1919 1 Letter from Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Nelson Cunliff, St. Louis, to Major Albert Bond Lambert regarding Aviation Field in Forest Park. 1919 1 Letter signed Nelson Cunliff, Commissioner, City of St. Louis Department of Public Welfare, Division of Parks and Recreation, 330 Municipal Courts Building, to Maj. A.B. Lambert, The Missouri Aeronautical Society, 2101 Locust Street, Saint Louis, August 5, 1919 Newspaper clippings regarding St. Louis aviation. (approximately 30 items) 1919-1940; 1946 1 Three bulletins concerning balloon races and events. Includes typed announcement of The Aero Club of America. (4 items) (gift of Mrs. Arthur C. Hoskins, February 22, 1967; accession no. 67-0016) 1920 1 Letter of G.L. Bumbaugh, Indianapolis, Ind., to Arthur C. Hoskins, St. Louis. Has not entered balloon race, as he hopes to sell his balloon. Asks Hoskins to get a friend or two and buy the balloon. It is made of two ply diagonal rubber fabric and taped inside and out, and none could be made better. Includes illustrated stationery and envelope with image of Bumbaugh and three photographs of the balloon. (5 items) 1920 July 3 1 Invitation, program, and chronological record of ceremonies inaugurating U.S. Air Mail service from Forest Park aerial field. 1920 Aug 16 1 Invitation, program, and chronological record of ceremonies inaugurating U.S. Air Mail service from Forest Park aerial field, Saint Louis, Missouri, August 16, 1920 Letter of Albert Bond Lambert to Postmaster regarding flying field at Bridgeton, Mo., which could be used for air mail if the Forest Park field should prove inadequate. Includes letter to Lambert from Randall Foster, Flying Club of St. Louis, regarding lease of the field to Robertson Aircraft Corporation, a newspaper clipping from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magazine , and notes of A.B. Lambert regarding the documents. (5 items) 1921 1 Letters and telegrams of Roger J. Adams, Adams Aerial Trans. Co., to Paul W. Wittemann, regarding radio telephone communication and the search for a suitable landing field in St. Louis. Includes article from Southwestern Telephone News titled "A Radio Station for Broadcasting News." (7 items) (accession no. 95-0035) 1922 1 Correspondence and documents regarding St. Louis Aeronautical Corp. and International Air Races at St. Louis. (approximately 15 items) 1923 1 Brochure from International Air Races held at St. Louis Field, October 1-3, 1923 Brochure: "What the National Aerial Race Meet October 1, 2 and 3 Means to St. Louis," 1923 Certificate for five shares in the St. Louis Aeronautic Corp. issued to J. Kennard and Sons Carpet Co. (gift of Eric Newman, St. Louis, July 15, 1952) 1923 Aug 4 1 One share of capital stock of St. Louis Aeronautic Corporation to Al Fresco Advertising Co., signed Arthur B. Birge and B.F. Bush. (gift of Mrs. Arthur C. Hoskins, February 22, 1967; accession no. 67-0016) 1923 Aug 8 1 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article titled "St. Louis on World's Air Map for 16 Years." 1923 Sept 30 1 Newspaper cartoon: "St. Louis--on World's Air Map for 16 Years," September 30, 1923 Memorandum regarding the first St. Louis Aeronautic Corporation formed to hold the International Air Races, October 1, 2, and 3, 1923. (gift of Carl F.G. Meyer, St. Louis, April 26, 1951) 1923 Oct 1-3 1 Memorandum regarding the first St. Louis Aeronautic Corporation formed to hold the International Air Races, October 1-3, 1923 Two bills to Leon A. Klink for flying course tuition and Curtiss JN4C airplane. (photocopies) 1923 Oct 9-19 1 "Address of Welcome to the World Flyers" by Eugene H. Angert, given at dinner at Racquet Club, St. Louis, November 18, 1924. 1924 1 Financial statement of funds acquired and disposition thereof of the St. Louis Aeronautic Corporation from inception to February 12, 1924, as audited by Price, Waterhouse and Co., St. Louis. (gift of Eric P. Newman, St. Louis, July 15, 1952) 1924 Feb 28 1 Letter to Albert Bond Lambert regarding deed to Lambert St. Louis Flying Field. 1925 1 Letter signed John B. Weldon as agent for Mrs. Mary Jane Weldon, St. Louis, Missouri, to Albert Bond Lambert Esq. and W. Christy Bryan Esq., St. Louis, Missouri, February 1925 Regulations, information on National Elimination Balloon Race for the Litchfield Trophy, Akron, Ohio. (gift of Mrs. Arthur C. Hoskins, February 22, 1967; accession no. 67-0016) 1927 May 29 1 Two letters (photocopies) concerning aeronautics in St. Louis acknowledging support of Municipal Airport (1928) and contest committee of Gardner Annual Trophy Race (1929). (gift of John H. Armbruster, September 25, 1972; accession no. 72-0057) 1928-1929 1 Correspondence and other documents regarding St. Louis aviation. Includes correspondence with Missouri Historical Society, circular on how to use air mail, Interstate Airlines passenger schedule, card urging "Yes" vote to give St. Louis a municipal airport (featuring photograph of Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis ), and membership cards for Airplane Model League of America and St. Louis Model Aviation Club. (15 items) 1928 1 Passenger schedule for Interstate Airlines, Inc., Chicago and Atlanta, effective December 1, 1928 Card urging St. Louis residents to vote "Yes" to give St. Louis a Municipal Airport on Tuesday, August 7, no year Program of dinner in honor of Major Albert Bond Lambert, given by Air Board of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce (2 copies). Includes typescript of article by Lambert about early birds in aviation. 1928 Jan 31 1 Program of 1928 Balloon Race, Bettis Field, Pittsburgh. (gift of Mrs. Arthur C. Hoskins, February 22, 1967; accession no. 67-0016) 1928 May 30 1 Article from Air Transportation , "The Story of Mahoney Ryan," San Diego, regarding the company that built Charles Lindbergh's NX211 (photocopy). Includes letter from donor. (gift of William Wagner, June 19, 1970; accession no. 70-0041) 1928 Dec 15 1 Two letters of Nettie Beauregard, Archivist and Curator, Missouri Historical Society, responding to invitation to an American Society of Mechanical Engineers banquet and answering an aviation reference question. (2 items) 1929 1 Correspondence and other documents regarding the Third National Aeronautic Meeting, St. Louis, May 27-30, 1929, under auspices of St. Louis Section, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Includes invitation to the Mayor of St. Louis, banquet program, invitation of Ladies Committee to luncheon in honor of Amelia Earhart, and correspondence with Isaac H. Lionberger and Nettie Beauregard, Missouri Historical Society, regarding the events. (13 items) 1929 1 Miscellaneous documents including typed history of Lambert-St. Louis Municipal Airport, ca. 1939; brochure titled "Saint Louis as an Aviation Center"; circular of Wedell-Williams Air Service, Inc.; typed statement of A.B. Lambert titled "An Airport Design, Single and Parallel Runways," 1940s; page from American Collector , Volume VIII, Number 7, August 1930, with advertisement of The Old Print Shop, 150 Lexington Ave., New York, showing the Wright Brothers' first flight in 1908; typed article titled "Sailing in the Air"; etc. (9 items) 1929-1950; no date 1 Illustrated document signed Dale Jackson and Forest O'Brien expressing thanks for interest in the endurance flight of the St. Louis Robin over Lambert St. Louis flying field. 1929 July 13-30 1 Letter of Otto Merkel, Berlin, to Hon. Charles Nagel. "The 'Bremen' on her maiden trip and the 'New York' on her first high sea to shore flight after being catapulted from board 'Bremen' are bringing you my kindest greetings." (includes envelope) (gift of Hon. Charles Nagel) 1929 July 15 1 Correspondence and other documents regarding aviation in St. Louis. Includes certificate of National Aeronautic Association electing E.D. Nims, St. Louis, a regular member of the association; National Aeronautic Association, Washington, D.C., membership application, listing dues; correspondence of Nettie Beauregard; card regarding a banquet tendered by the French Society of St. Louis to Major Dieudonne Coste and Lieutenant Maurice Bellonte at the Statler Hotel (2 copies); and two letters in French. (9 items) 1930 1 Correspondence about parachute of Captain Hawthorne Gray at Missouri Historical Society and newspaper clipping. (6 items) 1930 1 Documents regarding International Aircraft Exposition, February 15-23, 1930. Includes circular letter of Oliver T. Rammers, Chairman, International Air Show, to Missouri Historical Society; flier for exposition; reply card for interest in booking a speaker for the air show; and response of Nettie Beauregard, Missouri Historical Society. (4 items) 1930 1 Timetables of Braniff, American Airways, and Southwest Air Fast Express. (3 items) (gift of Ralph A. Ross, October 5, 1971; accession no. 71-0057) 1930-1932 1 Brochure for Southwest Air Fast Express, Inc. with time-table, ca. 1930 Brochure for Braniff Airways with time-table, 1932 Brochure for American Airways with time-tables, 1932 Correspondence and other documents regarding aviation in St. Louis. Includes letter of A.B. Lambert to Nettie Beauregard, membership card of E.D. Nims in National Aeronautic Association of U.S.A., and brochure of Industrial Club of St. Louis titled "Air Transport Facilities in the St. Louis District." (3 items) (brochure gift of Major Albert Bond Lambert, February 1931) 1931 1 Brochure from the Industrial Club of St. Louis titled "Air Transport Facilities in the St. Louis District," ca. 1931 Newspaper clippings concerning St. Louis woman pilot, Iola Franklin, and photocopy of letter signed E.W. Mentel, St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, to Iola Franklin. (4 items) 1932-1934 1 Correspondence regarding the Ralph R. Rugh Collection being presented to the Missouri Historical Society by the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. Includes booklet by Ray C. Whittaker titled The Wing Age: An Outline of the History of Flight and the Evolution of Transportation . (19 items) 1933-1934 1 Letter of Iola Franklin (unsigned), St. Louis, to Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Washington, D.C. Regarding Franklin's desire to enter the governmental service either as a mail plane pilot or War Department flyer. Two years ago, she suggested the War Department offer opportunity to a limited number of women aviators for schooling and military service. They concluded that the air training camp at San Antonio, Texas, was only adapted to men, and the Secretary of War concluded "like most men, in the consideration of any new women's activity, 'that it simply would not do.'" Franklin acknowledges her letter is presumptive but she is endeavoring to open up a new field for women. Mentions Bernard Von Hoffman, Lt. M.R. Bouse, Mr. Gebhart, and Mrs. W. Jaeger. (photocopy) (gift of Mrs. Harold F. Kearns, February 25, 1977; accession no. 77-0009) 1934 Feb 17 1 United Air Lines card offering services to Mr. and Mrs. George O. Carpenter, St. Louis, Mo. 1935 1 Program of First Annual Airport Ball and Stage Show, given by Junior Girls' Democratic Federated Club. (gift of Mrs. Harold F. Kearns, February 25, 1977; accession no. 77-0009) 1935 July 20 1 Pamphlet souvenir from 1st Annual Airport Ball and Stage Show, Junior Girls' Democratic Federated Club, Lambert Field, July 20, 1935 Letters of George B. Logan, St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, to Nettie Beauregard, Missouri Historical Society, regarding celebrations for 10th anniversary of Lindbergh flight. Dr. W.L. Frazier of Challis, Idaho, is loaning for exhibition (first public showing) a painting, "Epochal Dawn" by the great marine artist, Frederic A. Waugh, to be shown at Jefferson Memorial for a month beginning the anniversary of Lindbergh's flight. Lindbergh Museum will be open to the public the night of May 20th, Spirit of Saint Louis Association acting as hostesses. (2 items) 1937 1 Article from the Weekly Philatelic Gossip titled "Air History of Kansas City and Vicinity" by Rex O. Copp. (gift of Dr. E. Lee Corsett) 1937 July 10 1 Correspondence of the Missouri Historical Society with Thomas Higgins regarding his request for information on the international balloon race in St. Louis. Includes one letter from his daughter, Helen Higgins. (6 items) 1941 1 Typed copy of letter of Harold M. Bixby to Family describing pioneer flight, first American flight from Africa to the United States. (gift of Dudley French, February 23, 1970; accession no. 70-0013) 1941 Feb 7 1 Article from St. Louis Star-Times Magazine titled "Aerial View of Site for Proposed Columbia Bottoms Airport." 1941 June 3 1 Pamphlet titled "The Airport Bond Issue and What It Means to St. Louis," issued by Citizens' Airport Bond Issue Committee, 511 Locust Street, St. Louis, Mo. 1942 1 Time table, Chicago and Southern Air Lines. (gift of Ralph A. Ross, November 11, 1971; accession no. 71-0064) 1943 Mar 1 1 Letter signed Rudolph Fiehler, Post-Dispatch, 1111 Olive Street, [St. Louis], to Adolph B. Suess, 1113 Winstanley Avenue, East St. Louis, Ill.. Includes chronology of aviation in St. Louis. (2 items) 1944 July 11 1 Letter of George C. Smith, John J. Church, and Albert Bond Lambert (unsigned), St. Louis, Missouri, to Milton M. Kinsey, Chairman, City Airport Commission, City Hall, St. Louis, Missouri. 1945 Sept 7 1 Summary of status of the airport situation in the St. Louis area by A.B. Lambert. (mimeograph) 1946 Oct 1 Letter signed Percy Noel, Nokesville, Va., to Mrs. Dana O. Jensen, Missouri Historical Society. Information about publication Aero , not sponsored by Aero Club, first published in 1911. A complete file is available at the Library of Congress. Includes reply of Mrs. Jesen and additional letter from Noel. (3 items) 1952 Aug 9-1952 Sept 20 1 Typescript newsletter, News of Saint Louis Aviation Oldtimers , Issue #3, published by Joseph W. Wecker, 2460 Gothland Avenue, Overland, Missouri. 1959 Mar 1 Publicity sheet on the 5th Annual IAS Model Airplane Meet, sponsored by the St. Louis section of the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences. 1961 June 1 Color brochure describing Mercury capsule, built by McDonnell Aircraft Corp., St. Louis. Picture of the Freedom 7 capsule. 1962 1 Information regarding Associate Membership program of The Flying Eagles at Weiss Airport for employees of Anheuser Busch who want to learn to fly. 1968 1 Items regarding St. Louis aviation including letter of Betty Robertson Uhl to Mr. Wagner, issue of Lambert News , and issue of Lambert Log . (3 items) 1970-1979 1 Ozark Airlines timetable. (accession no. 2007-073) 1984 1 Ozark Air Lines System Timetable, effective October 28, 1984 Brochure titled "Historical Flight Map with Chronological Review of Aviation History," circular of Civil Air Patrol advertising July 4th Air Maneuvers at Kratz Field, and program for 50th Anniversary of Powered Flight, Congress Hotel. (circular and program gift of Ralph A. Ross, November 11, 1971; accession no. 71-0064) (3 items) No date 1 Pamphlets published by Industrial Club of St. Louis titled "Saint Louis as an Aviation Center" and "Air Transport Facilities in the St. Louis District." (2 items) No date 1 Brochure for The Ninety-Nines, Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots, titled "Come Fly With Us. Be a 99!" (2 copies) No date 1 Two publications: "I've Got Wings!" published by the U.S. Army Air Forces, Office of Flying Safety, and Spot That Plane published by Mississippi Valley Trust Co. (latter gift of Ralph A. Ross, November 11, 1971; accession no. 71-0064) No date 1 Souvenir card of flight in a Robertson Airline ship, and program of party by Delta Theta Chi at St. Louis-Lambert air field. (2 items) (gift of Kenneth F. Arneman, February 20, 1974; accession no. 74-0008) No date 1 Souvenir card from flight in a Robertson Airline plan from St. Louis Municipal Airport to New Orleans, No. 2176, no date Program from Delta Theta Chi Aeronautical Party held at St. Louis-Lambert Air Port, October 22, no year