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|Document Type:||Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Harold F McCormick; Glenn Hammond Curtiss; Grover F Sexton
|Description:||8.3 linear ft. (11 archival boxes, 1 half-size archival box, 1 record center carton, 1 oversize flat box, 1 oversize package)|
Included are correspondence with George A. Spratt, Grover Sexton, Sydney V. James, A. C. Bosch, Glenn H. Curtiss, and others active in the early days of flying; a copy of his paper "From My Experiences Concerning Aviation" (1917) and related diagrams; material about the first International Aviation Meet held in Grant Park, Illinois, in 1911 which was organized, in part, by McCormick; autograph albums including letters of 18th-century balloonists Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier and Charles Bragdon, and a manuscript (1858) of "Des Aerostats et de Leur Direction" by Jules Latrige; correspondence regarding patents; and plans and designs for airplanes, including McCormick's "umbrella" plane.
Six volumes of photographs (1910-1913) include pictures of Wilbur Wright, Walter Brookings, Glenn H. Curtiss, Grover F. Sexton, Rene Simon, Thomas Sopwith, and other pioneer pilots with their various flying-machines, the first pictures taken from an airplane in America, scenes of Chicago and the International Aviation Meet, and McCormick's Curtiss-built hydroplane. Also present are several model airplanes, souvenirs, pamphlets, early aviation magazines, and prints.
- Aeronautics -- Illinois -- Societies, etc.
- Aeronautics -- United States -- Flights.
- Aeronautics -- United States -- History.
- Air pilots -- United States.
- Airplanes -- Design and construction.
- Airplanes, Home-built.
- Airplanes, Wooden.
- Airplanes -- United States.
- Balloonists -- France -- 18th century.
- Hot air balloons -- History.
- Seaplanes -- Design and construction.