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Aeronautics & Astronautics
Evidence of women within the fields of aeronautics and astronautics can be found throughout the Manuscript Divisions collections. Some examples include the following:
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) items may be found in the Society of Woman Geographers records (see Social Sciences), the Nellie Simmons Meier ( -1939) papers (500 items; 1898-1938), the Elmo N. Pickerill Papers (4,500 items; 1910-1975), and the Institute of Aerospace Sciences archives (30,000 items; 1783-1962).
The papers of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001) (25 items; 1943), author, aviator and spouse of Charles A. Lindbergh, relate to the publication of Lindbergh’s The Steep Ascent (1944).
The Piccard family Papers (73,000 items; circa 1470-1883; bulk 1926-1983) include the papers of Jeannette Ridlon Piccard (1895-1981), balloonist, aerospace consultant, chemist, and clergywoman (see Mental Health).
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials in the Eleanor Spear (1910-2006) (20 items; 1929-1930) Papers related to Spear's activities as a pioneer in women's aviation while a student at Wellesley College.
The papers (21,500 items; 1900-1975; bulk 1955-75) of Marjorie Clair Stinson (1896-1975)(see World War I) document her career as a pioneer aviator and flight instructor, and reflect women's role in aviation during the First World War.
Manuscript Resources Referenced
The following collection titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content, including finding aids for the collections, are included when available.