Charles A. Lindbergh photographs collection, 1927-1977  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Charles A. Lindbergh photographs collection
Dates
1927-1977 (inclusive)
1927-1933 (bulk)
Quantity
0.36 cubic feet, (80 photographs in 1 document box)
Collection Number
Org. Lot 743
Summary
Many images in this collection document the visit to Portland by famed aviator Charles Lindbergh on Sept. 14, 1927. Other images include America First rallies, family appearances, other airplanes owned by Lindbergh, and memorabilia.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) learned to fly in 1922 and became famous five years later when he made the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean May 20-21, 1927. In July of that year, he began a flying tour of the United States under the sponsorship of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund. He reached Portland, Or., Sept. 14, 1927, landing on Swan Island. Two days later he left for San Francisco.

In 1932, Lindbergh again made headlines when his son was kidnapped and killed. The media attention during the investigation and trial convinced Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to move to Europe for several years. Returning in 1939, Charles Lindbergh became active in the America First movement opposing U.S. participation in World War II. The movement disbanded after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. During World War II, he worked with the Ford Motor Company to convert automobile plants to airplane production. In 1944 he flew many combat missions in the Pacific war, although he was a civilian.

After the war ended, Lindbergh retired from public life to write and work as a technical advisor in the airline industry. In the 1960s he became active in the conservation movement. He died in 1974.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of the images in this collection document Charles Lindbergh's 1927 visit to Portland, Or. on his flying tour of the United States. Subjects depicted include his landing on Swan Island and meetings with Portland mayor George L. Baker and Oregon governor Issac Patterson. The remainder of the collection consists of images related to Lindbergh's later life as a political and conservation activist and airplane pioneer, including photographs of Lindberg's airplanes (including the Spirit of St. Louis), portraits of Lindberg with prominent politicians such as Tom McCall photographs, and other portraits of various members of the Linberg family. Both amateur snapshots and newspaper photographs are represented; photographers include Gardiner P. Bissell, Harris & Ewing, and photographers for the Oregonian and Oregon Journal newspapers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Charles A. Lindbergh photographs collection, Org. Lot 743, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Portland Visit, Sept. 14-15, 1927Return to Top

35 images

Includes scenes of Charles Lindbergh landing on Swan Island, and with various dignitaries, including Mayor George L. Baker and Governor Isaac Patterson, as well as riding in a parade and speaking.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Lindbergh's reception
Includes images of Lindbergh on Swan Island and being escorted into Portland and with Mayor George L. Baker, Gov. Isaac L. Patterson, Rose Festival Queen Dorothy Mielke, and Julius Meier.
1927 Sept. 14
1/2
Parade
Includes images of Lindbergh with Mayor George L. Baker.
1927 Sept. 15
1/3
Lindbergh speaking
1927 Sept. 15

Series B:  Charles Lindbergh's airplanes, 1927-1931Return to Top

22 images
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/4
Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis
1927; 1928; undated
1/5
Spirit of St. Louis and other Lindbergh airplanes
1927; 1928; 1929; 1931

Series C:  Portraits, 1927-1977Return to Top

26 images
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/6
Charles Lindbergh with others
1927-1973
Sen. Burton K. Wheeler
1940
John Cudahy, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium
1940
Sen. Henry M. Jackson
1970
Mayor James Rolph, Jr., San Francisco
1927
Gov. Tom McCall, Oregon
1971
Frank Borman, astronaut
1971
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
1929; 1930; 1933; 1941
Jack Maddux
1933
Sen. and Mrs. D. Worth Clark
1941
Kathleen Norris
1941
Lillian Gish
1941
1/7
Lindbergh family
1929-1977
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
1929; 1968; 1977
Jon M. Lindbergh
1963; 1970; 1974
Reeve Lindbergh Brown
1977
1/8
Other identified portraits
1928-1930
Marshall Headle
1930
M.A. Mankey
1928
Tex Rankin
1928

Series D:  Other images, 1927-1977Return to Top

3 images
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
Other images
1927-1977
Swan Island field prepared for Lindbergh landing (image reversed)
1927
Aero Club of Oregon honorary membership certificate
1927
Commemorative medal, 50th anniversary of Lindbergh's flight
1977

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Aeronautics--Photographs.
  • Air pilots--Photographs.
  • Airplanes--Photographs.
  • Personal Names :
  • Baker, George L. (George Luis), 1868-1941--Photographs. (subjecty)
  • Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001--Photographs.
  • Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974--Photographs.
  • McCall, Tom, 1913 - --Photographs.
  • Patterson, Isaac Lee, 1859-1929--Photographs.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)--Photographs.
  • Family Names :
  • Lindberg family--Photographs.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Swan Island Industrial Park (Or.)--Photographs.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bissell, Gardiner P.--Photographs. (photographer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Harris & Ewing (photographer)
    • Oregon Journal (Firm) (photographer)
    • Oregonian (Firm) (photographer)