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The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers

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From the Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers, Manuscript Division:

Diaries and Notebooks, 1900-19, undated
Wilbur and Orville Wright's diaries and notebooks, most of which document the brothers' flights at Kitty Hawk and elsewhere as well as their scientific data, formulas, and computations relating to the aerodynamic and design factors which enabled them to achieve flight. Arranged chronologically.

Family Papers, 1881-1944
Correspondence between members of the Wright family, mostly from Orville and Wilbur, their sister Katharine, and their father, Milton. Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

General Correspondence, 1899-1952, undated
Letters sent to and received from friends, the general public, pioneer aviators, business associates, and famous individuals. Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

Subject File, 1889-1949, undated
Correspondence, business papers, legal papers, printed matter, patents, blueprints, and writings. Arranged alphabetically by name, subject, institution, person, or type of material.

Scrapbooks, 1902-1914
Scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine articles, mostly relating to the Wrights' and other flights, as well as memorabilia such as cartoons, guest badges, and dinner programs. Arranged chronologically.

From the Octave Chanute Papers, Manuscript Division:

Octave Chanute Papers, 1902-10

From the Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers, Prints and Photographs Division:

Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright

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