In 1932, Earhart became the first woman to pilot a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic. She achieved many other firsts prior to her disappearance in 1937. This guide compiles both digital and print resources about her at the Library and beyond.
Kris Pruzin, Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Note: Originally compiled by Kathryn Funk, The Catholic University of America, Fall 2009 SLIS MSLS Practicum.
Created: July 1, 2020
Last Updated: February 25, 2021
Amelia Earhart continues to capture our attention to this day as the circumstances surrounding her disappearance in July 1937 during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe at the equator remain unresolved. She had already achieved many aviation firsts including being the first person to fly solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. However, she was much more than these accomplishments. Her charismatic personality made her a natural ambassador for the aviation industry but more importantly she was a strong advocate for women participation in the aviation field and women pursuing the careers of their choice in general. Her groundbreaking contributions to flight and women’s struggle for equality make Amelia Earhart an enduring American hero.
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Amelia Earhart, including newspaper articles, photographs, books, and even an analysis of her palm prints. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Amelia Earhart that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Amelia Earhart and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.