|LC control no.||mm 78046706
|Type of material||Archival Manuscript/Mixed Formats (Collection)|
|Main title||Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright papers, 1809-1979 (bulk 1900-1948).
|Related names||McFarland, Marvin Wilks, 1919- ed. Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, including the Chanute-Wright letters and other papers of Octave Chanute. 1953.
Wright, Milton, 1828-1917. Milton Wright diaries. 1901-1907.
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948. Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright papers. 1809-1979.
Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912. Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright papers. 1809-1979.
United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics records.
Wright and Wright. Wright and Wright journals and ledgers.
Wright Cycle Company. Wright Cycle Company journals and ledgers.
|Related titles||Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress.
120 containers plus 13 oversize.
15 microfilm reels.
61 linear feet.
|Organized/Arranged||Arranged 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 advisory||Open to research.
Restrictions may apply to unprocessed material.
|Biography/History note||Aviation pioneers and inventors.
|Summary||Correspondence, 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.
|Notes||Some photographs: transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Collection material in English, with French and German.
|Finding aids||Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms998012>
|Acquisition source||Bequest, Orville Wright, 1949.
Other gift, transfer, and purchase, 1949-2002.
|Additional formats||Selected 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.
|Subjects||Arnold, Henry Harley, 1886-1950--Correspondence.
Berg, Hart O., 1865-1941--Correspondence.
Brewer, Griffith, 1867-1948--Correspondence.
Chanute, Octave, 1832-1910--Correspondence.
Collier, Robert J.--Correspondence.
Findley, Earl N. (Earl Nelson), 1878-1956--Correspondence.
Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf, 1879-1967--Correspondence.
Haskell, Katharine Wright, 1874-1929--Correspondence.
Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959--Correspondence.
Knabenshue, Roy, d. 1960--Correspondence.
Lahm, Frank Purdy, 1877-1963--Correspondence.
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906.
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974--Correspondence.
Loening, Grover, 1888-1976--Correspondence.
Martin, Glenn L. (Glenn Luther), 1886-1955--Correspondence.
Rolls, Charles Stewart, 1877-1910--Correspondence.
Spratt, G. A. (George Alexander), 1880-1934--Correspondence.
Tissandier, Paul, b. 1881--Correspondence.
Toulmin, Harry A. (Harry Aubrey), d. 1942--Correspondence.
Williamson, Pliny W., d. 1958--Correspondence.
Wright, Milton, 1828-1917--Correspondence.
United States. Army--Procurement.
Brewer and Son.
Flint and Company.
Aircraft industry--Great Britain.
Aircraft industry--United States.
Wright Flyer (Airplane)
College Park (Md.)--History.
Kitty Hawk (N.C.)--History.
|Local shelving no.||0331L
Small backlog (Unprocessed ac. 22,888)
Vault 0208 (Unprocessed ac. 22,888)
Small backlog (Unprocessed ac. 23,337)
|Language code||eng fre ger
|Repository||Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mss.home>
|Links||Selected material: <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wrighthtml/wrighthome.html>
Finding aid: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms998012>
Finding aid (PDF): <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms998012.3>