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Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright papers

LC control 78046706
Type of materialArchival Manuscript/Mixed Formats (Collection)
Main titleWilbur Wright and Orville Wright papers, 1809-1979 (bulk 1900-1948).
Related namesMcFarland, Marvin Wilks, 1919- ed. Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, including the Chanute-Wright letters and other papers of Octave Chanute. 1953.  » More like this
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United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics records.  » More like this
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Related titlesWilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress.
Description32,250 items.
120 containers plus 13 oversize.
15 microfilm reels.
61 linear feet.
Organized/ArrangedArranged in 7 series. Series 1: Diaries and Notebooks, 1900-1919; Series 2: Family Papers, 1881-1973; Series 3: General Correspondence, 1888-1951; Series 4: Subject File, 1809-1964; Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1902-1948; Series 6: Marvin W. McFarland File, 1880-1979; and Series 7: Oversize, 1889-1950.
Access advisoryOpen to research.
Restrictions may apply to unprocessed material.
Biography/History noteAviation pioneers and inventors.
SummaryCorrespondence, diaries, notebooks, writings, business and legal papers, genealogical material, patents, blueprints, photographs, printed material, and other papers documenting the lives and work of the Wright brothers who designed, built, and piloted the first machine to achieve powered, sustained flight in 1903 and the first practical airplane in 1905.
The papers include scientific data, formulas, and computations related to aerodynamic and design factors and describe the brothers' experimentation with flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., 1900-1903, at College Park, Md., in 1909, and at Montgomery, Ala., in 1910, and their trips abroad making flight demonstrations. Subjects include the sale of the Wright airplane to the U.S. Army and others; business concerns involving the Wright Company, Flint and Company, Brewer and Son, Thierry Brothers, and companies established in Great Britain, France, and Germany to produce and sell Wright aircraft; the Wright brothers' patents in the U.S. and abroad as well as airplane patents by others; and the brothers' dispute with Smithsonian Institution over whether S.P. Langley had created an aircraft capable of flight prior to the Wrights' flight in December 1903.
Also includes journals and ledgers from Wright and Wright printing company and Wright Cycle Company; records of the U.S. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics; typescripts, research material, and photographs collected for The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, edited by Marvin Wilks McFarland and published in 1953; and Wright family papers including transcripts of Milton Wright's diaries, 1901-1907.
Wright family correspondents include Katharine Wright Haskell, Lorin Wright, Milton Wright, and Reuchlin Wright. Other correspondents include Henry Harley Arnold, Hart O. Berg, Griffith Brewer, Octave Chanute, Robert J. Collier, Earl N. Findley, Benjamin Delahauf Foulois, Fred C. Kelly, Roy Knabenshue, Frank Purdy Lahm, Charles A. Lindbergh, Grover Cleveland Loening, Glenn L. Martin, Charles Stewart Rolls, G.A. Spratt, Paul Tissandier, Harry A. Toulmin, and Pliny W. Williamson.
NotesSome photographs: transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Collection material in English, with French and German.
Finding aidsFinding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at <>
Acquisition sourceBequest, Orville Wright, 1949.
Other gift, transfer, and purchase, 1949-2002.
Additional formatsSelected material also available through the Library of Congress Web site.
Microfilm edition of selections available; no. 9,349.
Microfilm addition of diaries available; no. 17,424.
Microfilm edition of scrapbooks available; no. 17,705.
Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1950-1979.
SubjectsArnold, Henry Harley, 1886-1950--Correspondence.  » More like this
Berg, Hart O., 1865-1941--Correspondence.  » More like this
Brewer, Griffith, 1867-1948--Correspondence.  » More like this
Chanute, Octave, 1832-1910--Correspondence.  » More like this
Collier, Robert J.--Correspondence.  » More like this
Findley, Earl N. (Earl Nelson), 1878-1956--Correspondence.  » More like this
Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf, 1879-1967--Correspondence.  » More like this
Haskell, Katharine Wright, 1874-1929--Correspondence.  » More like this
Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959--Correspondence.  » More like this
Knabenshue, Roy, d. 1960--Correspondence.  » More like this
Lahm, Frank Purdy, 1877-1963--Correspondence.  » More like this
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906.  » More like this
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974--Correspondence.  » More like this
Loening, Grover, 1888-1976--Correspondence.  » More like this
Martin, Glenn L. (Glenn Luther), 1886-1955--Correspondence.  » More like this
Rolls, Charles Stewart, 1877-1910--Correspondence.  » More like this
Spratt, G. A. (George Alexander), 1880-1934--Correspondence.  » More like this
Tissandier, Paul, b. 1881--Correspondence.  » More like this
Toulmin, Harry A. (Harry Aubrey), d. 1942--Correspondence.  » More like this
Williamson, Pliny W., d. 1958--Correspondence.  » More like this
Wright, Lorin--Correspondence.  » More like this
Wright, Milton, 1828-1917--Correspondence.  » More like this
Wright, Reuchlin--Correspondence.  » More like this
Wright family.  » More like this
Wright family--Correspondence.  » More like this
United States. Army--Procurement.  » More like this
Brewer and Son.  » More like this
Flint and Company.  » More like this
Smithsonian Institution.  » More like this
Thierry Brothers.  » More like this
Wright Company.  » More like this
Aeronautics.  » More like this
Aircraft industry--France.  » More like this
Aircraft industry--Germany.  » More like this
Aircraft industry--Great Britain.  » More like this
Aircraft industry--United States.  » More like this
Airplanes.  » More like this
Bicycle industry--Ohio--Dayton.  » More like this
Flight.  » More like this
Patents.  » More like this
Printing--Ohio--Dayton.  » More like this
Wright Flyer (Airplane)  » More like this
College Park (Md.)--History.  » More like this
Kitty Hawk (N.C.)--History.  » More like this
Montgomery (Ala.)--History.  » More like this
Local shelving no.0331L
Oversize 0112Q
Oversize 5:3
Small backlog (Unprocessed ac. 22,888)
Vault 0208 (Unprocessed ac. 22,888)
Small backlog (Unprocessed ac. 23,337)
Microfilm 9,349-2N
Microfilm 17,424-1N-1P-1P
Microfilm 17,705-14N-14P-5P
Language codeeng fre ger
RepositoryLibrary of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu <>
LinksSelected material: <>
Finding aid: <>
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