Guide to the Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead, 1895-
H001-71

 Finding aid prepared by Mary Masal

Collection Overview

Repository
Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Collection.
Creator - Author
Randolph, Stella, Miss
Title
Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead
ID
H001-71
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1934-1976
Date [inclusive]
1896-1983
Extent
4.87 Linear feet (Eight manuscript boxes, one half-size manuscript box, one non-standard box (25x20.5x1.5), one non-standard box (14x12x3), and one small film canister (7.25 x 1).)
Language of Materials
Collection is in English, German, and Hungarian.
Abstract
The Stella Randolph Collection is focused on research into the early flights of Gustave Whitehead, believed by many to have occurred before the Wright Brothers. Extensive correspondence, affidavits, and interviews document the methodical research, resulting in numerous magazine articles and two books on Whitehead's inventions and flying attempts.

Citation

Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead, Document name or type, Folder number, Box number, Series number, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Collection. 25 June 2014

800 West Campbell Road, MC33
Richardson, TX, 75080-3021
972-883-2570
[email protected]

Revision Description

 Additional materials were found after the collection had been processed in 2014. The items were incorporated into the existing collection and the finding aid has been updated. 15 December 2015

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research. Some access restrictions may apply, please contact Curator of Special Collections.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the heirs of the Stella Randolph Estate.

Provenance Statement

A few materials of the Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead were donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas by Stella Randolph on May 31, 1971.

The main part of the collection was bequeathed by Stella Randolph to Kay and Ed Rice (Ed Rice was the Curator Emeritus of the UTD History of Aviation Collection) in a will on June 11, 1985. In an agreement dated April 21, 1989, between the grand-niece of Stella Randolph, Gettine D. Youngs, Kay and Ed Rice, and the History of Aviation Collection, said main part was donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Note to the Researcher

The materials in this collection are mainly in good condition. The large news clippings arrived folded; were layed flat in large file folders, but should be handled with care as they are delicate. Much of the correspondence is carbon copies of Stella Randolph's requests and responses and is on thin onion-skin paper, some of which is fragile. Care should be exercised when handling these sections. Those papers that were too fragile or damaged to handle were photocopied onto acid-free paper. The photographs, depending on their size, were housed in archival polypropylene sleeves and larger images interleaved in folders with acid-free paper. All staples were removed and replaced with archival paper clips.

Material Removed List

0.29 linear ft. of duplicate news clippings, correspondence copies, pictures, transparencies, magazines, and affidavits which was returned to the heirs of the Stella Randolph Estate.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Randolph, Stella, Miss

Subject(s)

  • History of Aviation Collection

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Biographical Sketch

Stella Randolph was born July 29, 1895, the youngest of six children to Kate A. and Albert F. Randolph. Farm life near Green Valley, Illinois included attending a rural school built by her grandfather, walking one and a half miles each way. The grandfather had moved the family from Morristown, New Jersey in 1856. When Stella was eight years old her father died.

Stella rode a horse and buggy to Delavan High School, eight miles away, graduating at age sixteen; then attended James Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. From her early days in college, Stella earned her own way, working during the day and attending the university at night. Her work included teaching in a rural school, then fifth and sixth graders at Green Valley before teaching English and Geometry at Green Valley High School.

While in college, Stella worked for the Treasury Department, the War Risk Insurance Department, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue doing clerical work, graduating in 1922 with an A.B. degree in Modern Languages from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; followed in 1923 by an M.A. degree in Philosophy while working for the American Child Health Association. When the Association moved to New York City, Stella followed, working as a secretary for the Medical Director.

Stella next became Head Secretary and Office Manager for a group of psychiatrists in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1925 she was asked to move to Constantinople,Turkey to head the Commercial Department of the American Women’s College at Stamboul (now Istanbul). While in Turkey, she attended classes in French, Turkish, Anatomy and Embryology. Upon her return to Washington, D.C., Stella held various temporary positions while attending graduate school at American University at night, taking Social Psychology, League of Nations and Near East Relations.

In 1929, Dr. Richard A. Bolt, for whom she had worked in Washington and New York, asked her to come to Cleveland, Ohio as Assistant Director of the Cleveland Child Health Association. She established and directed pre-school child health clinics and care centers, wrote publications for the Association, and also began free-lance writing while attending Western Reserve University in Cleveland from 1930-1932, continuing work on her Ph.D.

When the Great Depression of the early 1930’s caused financial difficulties for welfare organizations, Stella lost her job. Upon returning to Washington, D.C., she did temporary work and free-lance writing to support herself. In early 1934 she was employed by Colonel L.H. Brittin; then by Gallinger Municipal Hospital. By the time of the publication of her first book, Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead in 1937, she had been devoting her evenings to writing for three years, after working daily in the office of the Health Director of the District of Columbia.

After her mother’s death in late 1940, Stella took a course in Social Work at the University of Chicago. Returning to Washington, D.C., Stella became the first Director of Health Education for the Montgomery County Health Department, bordering the District of Columbia. Her duties included issuing a quarterly bulletin about volunteer activities in the county; publishing a small book about the history of the volunteer movement there; preparing news releases for eleven county and D.C. papers; writing radio programs, skits and radio spots; presenting health programs before various groups; and furnishing the public health nurses with teaching materials. After five years, she returned to the District of Columbia to serve as the Director of Health Education for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society; then wrapped up her working life with ten years for the Department of the Army, doing research and writing for the Office of the Surgeon General. For three summers after her official retirement in 1960, she helped in the office of a lawyer-friend near her home.

Throughout all the years of work and classes, Stella continued to do free-lance writing. To make ends meet between and during her jobs, she eventually moved in with two of her sisters, who by this time were often not well. Stella never married and seemed to willingly take on the responsibility of ailing siblings.

She was asked to write again about Gustave Whitehead, which became Before the Wrights Flew in 1966. This book was written for the Juvenile Department of Putnam’s (the Publisher), “but actually as many adults seem interested in it as are the juveniles”, Stella said in a letter to Heidi Bruehl on January 11, 1967.

In the summer of 1966 Stella was invited by the German people of Leutershausen, Germany to visit and receive the Honorable Citizen Award during a City Hall Celebration, an honor she shared with Major William O’Dwyer. As she said in one of her letters, “This never-to-be-forgotten happy time will always be one of my fondest recollections.” She visited the city again in 1974.

Stella Randolph’s interest in Gustave Whitehead began serendipitously when she was given a small newsprint article from Harvey Phillips, her free-lance boss, who suggested that she see if there was a story there. At the time she knew almost nothing about aviation. From Stella’s letters it is clear that she was curious, feisty, resilient, doggedly determined, and stayed on-course when working on a project. You can see vividly her sense of humor and determination, and not easily fooled by people trying to take advantage – “they haven’t taken the red head into account” when talking about the local political landscape.

She seemed to write to everyone who wrote to her, and kept a carbon copy, mostly on onionskin paper, of her responses, even to a 4th grader who wrote to her in 1970.

Most of this collection is focused on Stella Randolph’s interest in Gustave Whitehead and his place in history. She never wanted to discredit the role and place in history that is held by the Wright brothers. Rather, she wanted to see Whitehead and his work recognized "as the gifted and dedicated inventor that he was." Gustave Whitehead had died by the time Stella’s research began in June 1934. Interviewing the family, collecting affidavits from witnesses, and piecing together the information was challenging. Her letters show the extent to which she wrote to anyone with a possible piece of information or lead on information. The letters were often good humored, personable, and succinct. Over time, Stella learned much about Gustave Whitehead's persistent desire to invent and fly. Along the way the letters sometimes talked about his personality: "magnetic, a smile written on his face, never angry or discouraged, always happy and full of aspirations."

For years Stella had a strong ally in William J. (Bill) O’Dwyer, Chairman of the Whitehead Research Committee and part of the 9315 Air Force Reserve Squadron out of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association (CAHA). O'Dwyer re-wrote her 1937 book Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead , working with a German publisher. It was to be called History By Contract . Both he and Stella were to be co-authors.

By October 1979 it had been 45 years since Stella began her research on Gustave Whitehead. In that time she had published two books, several articles, written the manuscript for a third book, and started another.

In 1980 Stella was 85 years old and still writing letters and keeping busy, although by her own admission she seemed to be slowing down. Over the years, even before 1980, she had medical challenges, but seemed to face them head-on.

Source
 Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead, Correspondence "N", Folder number 2, Box number 2, Series number I, Subseries 2, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead, Correspondence "R", Folder number 4, Box number 2, Series number I, Subseries 2, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead, Images, Folder number 7, Box number 9, Series number V, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, affidavits, book drafts, news clippings, magazine articles, images, ephemera, blueprints, diagrams, and other materials created and/or collected by Stella Randolph, during her years researching the activities of Gustave Whitehead. The Stella Randolph Collection is housed in eight manuscript boxes, one half-size manuscript box, two oversized boxes of various sizes, and one small Film Canister, totaling 6.01 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition and was arranged by the donor, thus original order was established and maintained by the curator. The archivist identified six series with the first series being the Correspondence Series, which is further organized into four subseries: 1. Indicies, 2. Correspondence Individual, 3. Correspondence Organizations, and 4. Correspondence Publishers.

Subseries 1. contains an index of the correspondence from Stella Randolph's files from 1934-1966.

Subseries 2. contains correspondence to individuals and includes details of Stella's education, experience, and references, as well as notes, to-do lists, miscellaneous articles, and ideas. This section includes a 1935 letter from C. A. Steeves, who was a boy when Gustave Whitehead was experimenting and says he was present when the Wright Brothers came to visit Whitehead.

Subseries 3. contains correspondence to organizations and includes a 1964 letter from Stella to Governor Dempsey, summarizing Gustave Whitehead's career. This subseries also includes correspondence from Harvey H. Lippincott when he was President of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, Inc. (CAHA), where William O'Dwyer worked.

Subseries 4. contains correspondence to publishers and includes information on steam power, described in the Charles T. Briar correspondence; Hermann Betscher met Stella when she visited Germany in 1966; Junius W. Harworth, who knew Gustave Whitehead from the time Junius was nine years old (Harworth was known as Julius Hoey in grade school and Julius Horwarth in high school); Clough Hudson and son Howard's correspondence; Thomas McPherson, who was an editor of G.P. Putnam's Sons; John Newbauer, the Editor-in-Chief of Astronautics & Aeronautics; Viola Gentry correspondence about her setting the world endurance flight record for women in 1928; Harvard Economics Professor John B. Crane's correspondence and magazine article on a history of American aviation, including his 1936 article entitled  Did Whitehead Actually Fly?.

The researcher will also find Whitehead memorabilia loaned to the Leutershausen, Germany museum by Major William J. O'Dwyer; Charles Harvard Gibbs-Smith correspondence critically analyzing Stella Randolph's book Before the Wrights Flew; also included in this subseries is a booklet written by Gibbs-Smith, published in 1956 and inscribed to Stella in 1969, titled  Women Who Defied Prejudice.

Furthermore, Oliver Parks correspondence about Stella Randolph's interest in writing a book on the Parks College of Aeronautical Technology, part of St. Louis University since 1946; Don Coonley correspondence including playbill for Windcrossing, produced at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.; Charles A. Cary correspondence on Whitehead memorabilia loaned to the Leutershausen, Germany museum by Major William J. O'Dwyer; Paul E. Garber correspondence while he was Assistant Director of Education & Information Services at the Smithsonion Institution; Wesley Gordeuk was the Chairman of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association Whitehead Study Committee; Bürgermeister Dieter Gundel lived in West Germany; correspondence from Gustave Whitehead's daughter, Rose Rennison, son Charles Whitehead, and brothers, John Whitehead and Nikolaus Weißkopf; and Herr Bürgermeister Wellhoffer's correspondence, most in German.

The second series is the News Articles Series including the Steam Car Club newsletter; the Senate and House bill to mandate a hearing on Whitehead's flight being first; the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Society newsletters and plans for the future museum; the Gustave Whitehead Connecticut Museum plans and an 8 x 10 image of Stella Randoph with Mrs. Elizabeth Koteles, who had witnessed a 1900-1901 Whitehead flight in Fairfield; a German book chapter on Whitehead by Hermann Schreiber titled  Leutershausen; rebuttals to articles and books on Gustave Whitehead; wind tunnel articles; news clippings, book plates/mockups, a German booklet, and invitation letters to the Whitehead monument ceremony; news clippings on Whitehead flying first; German news clippings; news articles on Stella Randolph and the Wright Brothers; a book manuscript for  Before the Wrights Flew; and Anton Pruckner's obituary.

The third series is the Contracts Series, arranged in three subseries: 1. Agreements & Contracts, 2. Magazine Articles, and 3. Manuscripts.

Subseries 1. includes agreements and contracts as well as file notes; an agreement with Putnam's Sons for Before the Wrights Flew; contracts and file notes on Majer and Sons, German publishers of the revised  Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead, to be called  History by Contract.

Subseries 2. includes magazine articles from various publications; as well as a thermofax copy from an undated issue of The Aeronautical World magazine.

Subseries 3. includes manuscripts: clean copies, corrected copies with many notations, and a play, plus a corrected copy of the manuscript Before the Wrights Flew. The later chapters include insight into Gustave Whitehead's family relationships with his spouse and children, and a summary of his accomplishments. This subseries also includes schematics of the Whitehead monoplanes #21 and #22, his home and shop sketch in Bridgeport, CT; and a 1985 certificate from Germany to Stella Randolph.

The fourth series is the Affidavits Series and includes an extensive statement by Stanley Y. Beach, a writer for The Scientific American, whose father financed some of Whitehead's experiments. This series also includes statements, diploma, ads, Whitehead's apprenticeship diploma as a machinist; statements about Whitehead's activities, and an ad for the Whitehead Motor; a description of Whitehead's personality: "magnetic, a smile written on his face, never angry or discouraged, always happy and full of aspirations"; a Smithsonian chronology which "represents contacts made with Whitehead matters by Smithsonian, or persons connected with Smithsonian"; and a copy of Whitehead's U.S. Patent Office patent request, granted 10 March 1908, No. 881,837.

The fifth series is the Images Series and includes an image of Stella Randoph and William O'Dwyer; Gustave Whitehead; Whitehead's #21 aircraft, including Herr Leinert's model of Whithehead's No. 21 airplane; as well as articles, narratives, and clippings; copy of the 1948 agreement between the Wright Estate and the Smithsonian; Gustave and Louise (Tuba) Weißkopf (Whitehead) marriage certificate of 1897; and a copy of the 1934 short news article that began Stella Randolph's research on Gustave Whitehead. Images also include the 1966 ceremony in Leutershausen, Germany honoring Stella Randolph with the Honorable Citizen Award; a picture of Whitehead with his daughter; and village images, airplanes and parts, Whitehead Headstone Dedication, two head shot images of Stella Randolph, and Whitehead flying his airplane as well as a replica flown in 1986 by actor Cliff Robertson. There is also an Award Plate from the city of Ansbach, Germany.

The sixth series is the Audio Series which contains transcripts of interviews and a news interview about Whitehead, including speeches at the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association about the early days of the Wright Brothers. In this same series is a transcript and audio tape interview with WICC News of the Connecticut Broadcasting Company on the Gustave Whitehead Exhibit at the Fairfield Historical Society and a 45-speed German record of the Bells of Leutershausen. The German inscription on the record label is to Stella, sending best wishes from her friends in Leutershausen, Germany.

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Series Description

The Stella Randolph Collection is arranged in six series:

Series I. Correspondence 1.95 linear ft. (five manuscript boxes), 1901-1986.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Indices, 2. Correspondence Individual, 3. Correspondence Organizations, and 4. Correspondence Publishers.

Subseries 1. Indices 0.02 linear ft. (two folders), 1969.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 2. Correspondence Individual 0.66 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes), 1934-1982.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 3. Correspondence Organizations 0.14 linear ft. (two folders), 1963-1981.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 4. Correspondence Publishers 1.13 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes and twelve folders), 1901-1986.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series II. News Articles 0.32 linear ft. (eight folders and five oversized folders), 1937-1986.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series III. Contracts 0.60 linear ft. (twenty one folders and one oversize folder), 1901-1988.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 1. Agreements & Contracts 0.08 linear ft. (five folders), 1934-1978.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 2. Magazine Articles 0.06 linear ft. (two folders), 1901-1988.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 3. Manuscripts 0.46 linear ft. (fourteen folders), 1934-1985.

Arranged chronologically by type of manuscript.

Series IV. Affidavits 0.2 linear ft. (seven folders), 1896-1982.

Arranged chronologically by date and type.

Series V. Images 0.4 linear ft. (fourteen folders), 1896-1986.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series VI. Audio 1.4 linear ft. (three folders, one small film container box, and one item in a non-standard box), 1963-1968.

Arranged chronologically by date.

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Related Materials

Additional Sources

O'Dwyer, William J. Gustave Whitehead Research Collection at Fairfield Historical Society Library, Fairfield, Connecticut.

Deutsche Flugpioniermuseum Gustav Weißkopf Leutershausen, Germany, http://www.weisskopf.de/museum.html, Online, accessed, June 10, 2014

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine stacks.

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Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example : 5SR-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

SR = Stella Randolph Collection on Gustave Whitehead

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Correspondence 

Subseries 1. Indices 

Indices. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   1 1

Index of Topics. 1969   Alphabetical listing of items and people.


    Box Folder
Text   1 2

Subseries 2. Correspondence Individuals 

Correspondence Letter "A." 1934-1982 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Correspondence Letter "B." 1936-1975 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Correspondence Letter "Be." 1934-1978 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

Correspondence Letter "Bi." 1936-1980 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6

Correspondence Letter "Br." 1934-1975 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Correspondence Letter "C." 1935-1978 


    Box Folder
Text   1 8

Correspondence Letter "D." 1934-1982 


    Box Folder
Text   1 9

Correspondence Letter "E." 1936-1965 


    Box Folder
Text   1 10

Correspondence Letter "F." 1936-1981 


    Box Folder
Text   1 11

Correspondence Letter "G." 1934-1976 


    Box Folder
Text   1 12

Correspondence Letter "H." 1934-1981 


    Box Folder
Text   1 13

Correspondence Letter "J." 1936-1969 


    Box Folder
Text   1 14

Correspondence Letter "K." 1936-1978 


    Box Folder
Text   1 15

Correspondence Letter "L." 1934-1979 


    Box Folder
Text   1 16

Correspondence Letter "M." 1934-1979 


    Box Folder
Text   2 1

Correspondence Letter "N." 1935-1981   Images 5SR-2-2-PB1 through 5SR-2-2-PB8 and Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Correspondence Letters "O" and "P." 1935-1937 


    Box Folder
Text   2 3

Correspondence Letter "R." 1934-1976   Correspondence and photocopies of airplanes.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4

Correspondence Letter "S." 1934-1981   Correspondence and Holiday Cards.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 5

Correspondence Letter "T." 1936-1970 


    Box Folder
Text   2 6

Correspondence Letter "V." 1936-1977   Correspondence and news articles.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 7

Correspondence Letter "W." 1934-1981   Image number 5SR-2-8-PB1. Correspondence and Holiday Cards.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 8

Correspondence Letter "Z." 1935-1970 


    Box Folder
Text   2 9

Notes, to-do lists, miscellaneous. 1940-1978   Image 5SR-2-10-PB1, notes and to-do lists.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 10

Subseries 3. Correspondence Organizations 

Correspondence Organizations. 1963-1981 


    Box Folder
Text   2 10

American Aircraft Modeler. 1968-1973 


    Box Folder
Text   2 11

Lippincott. 1963-1981   Harvey H. Lippincott.


    Box Folder
Text   3 1

Subseries 4. Correspondence Publishers 

Betscher Family. 1966-1978   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   3 2

Charles T. Briar. 1956-1973    Image number 5SR-3-3-PB1 and Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 3

Owen Brown. 1955-1973   Image number 5SR-3-4-PB1and Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 4

Paul R. Carlson. 1974-1980   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   3 5

Chamber of Commerce, Beachcomber Books. 1936-1979   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   3 6

William F. Chatlos. 1936-1964   Correspondence and affidavit.


    Box Folder
Text   3 7

Don Coonley. 1977-1981   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 8

Charles A. Cary. 1978-1979   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   3 9

John B. Crane. 1935-1968   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 10

Jesse Davidson. 1969-1975    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 11

Colonel John A.Dee. 1969-1970    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 12

Peggy and Roger Derby. 1937-1983    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   3 13

Paul E. Garber. 1964-1970   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   4 1

Viola Gentry. 1969-1972   Viola Gentry Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 2

Charles Harvard Gibbs-Smith. 1966-1970    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   4 3

Wesley Gordeuk. 1969-1972   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 4

Junius W. Harworth. 1934-1974   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 7

Bürgermeister Dieter Gundel. 1973-1982   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 5

Hildegard Guttendorfer. 1966-1975    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 6

Erik Hildesheim. 1961-1969   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   4 8

Clough and Howard Hudson. 1937-1962   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   4 9

Eugene E. Husting. 1968-1972    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   4 10

Fritz Jacobsen. 1968-1974   Image number 5SR-4-11-PB1 and Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 11

Herb Kelley. 1969-1970    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   4 12

Library of Congress. 1935-1936   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 1

Thomas McPherson. 1963-1973    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 2

John Newbauer. 1972   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 3

Joe Nigro. 1974-1975   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 4

William O'Dwyer. 1970-1986   Images 5SR-5-5-PC1 through 5SR-5-5-PC5 and Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 5

Oliver Parks. 1968-1972    Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 6

Paramount Pictures. 1938-1939   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 7

Rose Rennison, Part 1. 1934-1946   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 8

Rose Rennison, Part 2. 1963-1967   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 9

Rose Rennison, Part 3. 1968-1969   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 10

Smithsonian. 1901-1975   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 11

Wellhoffer. 1966-1974   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 12

Charles Whitehead. 1934-1985   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 13

John Whitehead. 1901-1966   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 14

Whitehead Family. 1934-1975   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 15

Paul W.Witteman. 1967   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   5 16

Phil Woodruff. 1970-1977   Correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 17

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Series II. News Articles 

Steam Car Club. 1957-1958    Images 5SR-6-1-PN1 through 5SR-6-1-PB9 and newsletter.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 1

Congress Requested Hearing. 1986 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 2

Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Society. 1976    Newsletters.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 3

Gustave Whitehead Connecticut Museum. 1974-1977   Image number 5SR-6-4-PB1 and plans.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 4

German book chapter on Whitehead. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   7 5

Rebuttals on Whitehead. 1968-1970 


    Box Folder
Text   7 6

Wind Tunnels. 1969    Articles.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 7

Various Formats. 1901-1981   News clippings, book plates/mockups, German booklet, and correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 8

News Clippings Flying First. 1935-1982   


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 1

News Articles German. 1937-1966   


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 2

News Articles Randolph,Wright. 1901-1988   


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 3

Book Manuscript Before the Wrights Flew. 1965 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 4

Anton Pruckner Obituary. 1966   


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 5

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Series III. Contracts 

Subseries 1. Agreements and Contracts. 

Agreement Connecticut Aeronautical Hist. Assoc. 1966 


    Box Folder
Text   7 9

Agreement Whitehead Family. 1934 


    Box Folder
Text   7 10

Agreement German Royalties. 1934-1976 


    Box Folder
Text   7 11

Agreement Putnam's Sons. 1963   Agreement with Putnam's Sons for "Before The Wrights Flew".


    Box Folder
Text   7 12

Contracts Majer and Sons. 1976-1978   Contracts and file notes on Majer and Sons, German publishers of the revised "Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead", to be called "History By Contract".


    Box Folder
Text   7 13

Subseries 2. Magazine Articles. 

Magazine articles. 1901-1988 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   7 14

Magazine article. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   7 15

Subseries 3. Manuscripts. 

Manuscript Before the Wrights Flew Corrected Copy. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   7 16

Manuscript Before the Wrights Flew Unmarked Copy. 1964 


    Box Folder
Text   7 17

Manuscripts Before the Wrights Flew Appendices. 1964 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   8 1

Notes Before the Wrights Flew. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   8 2

Addendum Before the Wrights Flew. 1985 


    Box Folder
Text   8 3

Proofs Before the Wrights Flew. 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   8 4

Short Stories on Whitehead. 1934-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   8 5

Manuscript 36 Years of Whitehead. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   8 6

Manuscript Lost Flights revised version. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   8 7

Manuscript Lost Flights Lippincott notes. 1976-1977 


    Box Folder
Text   8 8

Manuscript copy of Lost Flights. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   8 9

Manuscript Flying Machine Man, Chapter 1. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   8 10

Manuscript Flying Machine Man, Ch 1-5. 1937   


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   8 11

Play called Windcrossing. 1977 


    Box Folder
Text   8 12

Airplane Blueprints #21 & #22. 1934-1985   Airplane blueprints, and text of #21 & #22, home and shop sketch in Connecticut.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 6

Separated Materials note

Isometric view of Gustave Whitehead's Power Driven Monoplane #21 and #22 by Junius W. Harworth, Detroit, Michigan, 01/18/1936 moved from Box 9, Folder 6.

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Series IV. Affidavits 

Affidavits. 1934-1974 


    Box Folder
Text   8 13

Affidavits. 1934-1986   Image 5SR-8-1-PB1 and Affidavits.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   8 14

Statement by Stanley Y. Beach. 1939 


    Box Folder
Text   9 1

Statements, Diploma, Ads. 1963-1964 


    Box Folder
Text   9 2

Smithsonian Chronology on Whitehead. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   9 3

I Flew Before the Wright Brothers. 1999   Photocopy in German.


    Box Folder
Text   9 4

Whitehead Patent Description. 1908 


    Box Folder
Text   9 5

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Series V. Images 

Stella Randolph and O'Dwyer. 1896   Image number 5SR-9-6-PB2, articles, narratives, and clippings.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 6

Separated Materials note

Isometric view of Gustave Whitehead's power driven monoplane # 21 and 22, Junius W. Harworth, Detroit, Michigan, 1/18/1936, moved to oversized folder in Box 6, Folder 6.

Image and Certificates. 1901-1936   Image number 5SR-9-7-PB1 through 5SR-9-7-PB17 and certificates.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 7

News articles. 1902-1982   Articles, notes, correspondence, ephemera, and booklet.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 8

Leutershausen, Part 1. 1966   Image numbers 5SR-9-9-PB4 through 5SR-9-9-PB8.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 9

Leutershausen, Part 2. 1966   Images 5SR-9-10-PC13 through 5SR-9-10-PB55.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 10

Airplanes and Parts. 1968   Images numbers 5SR-9-11-PB1 through 5SR-9-11-PB34.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 11

Whitehead Headstone Dedication. 1910-1972   Image numbers 5SR-9-12-PB1 through 5SR-9-12-PB13.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 12

Stella Randolph. Undated   Image numbers 5SR-9-13-PB1 through 5SR-9-13-PB2.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 13

Test Flight of #21. 1986   Image numbers 5SR-9-14-PB1 through 5SR-9-14-PB3.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 14

Dedication Ceremony. Undated   Image numbers 5SR-9-15-PB1 through 5SR-9-15-PB37.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 15

Negatives of airplanes. Undated   Image numbers 5SR-9-16-NB1 through 5SR-9-16-NB62.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   9 16

Negatives Whitehead and Airplane. 1903-1980   Image numbers 5SR-10-1-TB-1 through 5SR-10-2-TB2.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 1

Negatives Briar Correspondence. Undated   Image numbers 5SR-10-2-NB1 through 5SR-10-2-NB37.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 2

Mixed Materials. Undated   Image number 5SR-10-3-PB1 through 5SR-10-3-PB57.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   10 3

Award Plate from Ansbach. Undated 


    Box Object
Ephemera   12 1

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Series VI. Audio 

Tape Recording transcriptions. 1964-1966 


    Box Folder
Text   10 4

Interview and Speech Transcriptions. 1963-1964   


    Box Folder
Text   10 5

Audiotape Interview WICC News. 1968   


    Box Folder
Text   10 6
    Reel-Audio Reel
Audio   11 1

German Record 45. Undated 


    Box Envelope
Audio   12 1

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