Charles A. Lindbergh photographs collection, 1927-1977

Overview of the Collection

Charles A. Lindbergh photographs collection
1927-1977 (inclusive)
1927-1933 (bulk)
0.36 cubic feet, (80 photographs in 1 document box)
Collection Number
Org. Lot 743
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.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

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


The nine folders of the collection are arranged in four series:

Series A: Portland visit, Sept. 14-15, 1927

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

Series C: Portraits, 1927-1977

Series D: Other images, 1927-1977

Acquisition Information

Includes Library accession nos. 7466 and 18997.

Processing Note

During the course of processing, photographs from the following collections were integrated into this collection: the Oregon Journal photograph collection, the Oregonian photograph collections, and the self-indexing photograph files of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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
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
Includes images of Lindbergh with Mayor George L. Baker.
1927 Sept. 15
Lindbergh speaking
1927 Sept. 15

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

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

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

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

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)