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American Women: Resources from the Manuscript Collections

Aeronautics & Astronautics

Harris & Ewing, photographer. Amelia Earhart in airplane. circa 1936. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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.
  • The papers of William H. Tunner and Margaret Ann Hamilton Tunner, Henry Harley Arnold, and Noel Francis Parrish contain information relating to the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (see World War II).

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.