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HUD 3123

Harvard Aeronautical Society. Records of the Harvard Aeronautical Society : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard University Archives
Call No.: HUD 3123
Creator: Harvard Aeronautical Society
Title: Records of the Harvard Aeronautical Society, 1909-1911, 1946, 1959, and 1986.
Quantity: 0.7 cubic foot (3 containers)
Abstract: The Harvard Aeronautical Society was organized on November 11, 1909. The records document the activities of this society; documents dated later than 1920 are not records created by the Society, but instead recount the history of the organization.

Note

This document last updated 2015 August 25.

Conditions on Use and Access:

The records of the Harvard Aeronautical Society are open for research.

Online access:

Some items in this collection have been digitized and are available online. Links to online content accompany item descriptions.

Related Material

History of the Harvard Aeronautical Society

The Harvard Aeronautical Society was organized on November 11, 1909. Membership was open to any present or former member of Harvard University. The Society began with 250 charter members; three months later they had an active membership of 360, including undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, and faculty. Abbott Lawrence Rotch was the founding president. In 1910, the Society incorporated and became officially affiliated with the Aero Club of North America. The Society was organized as an educational and scientific institution. It established a library, sponsored lectures, featured exhibits, and hosted both international and intercollegiate aviation and glider meets. Members built their own glider and bi-plane, the latter named Harvard I. In 1910 and 1911, the Society sponsored the Harvard-Boston Aero Meet (also known as the Harvard-Boston Aviation Meet); the third Harvard-Boston Aero Meet was held in 1912. The Society was especially active between 1909-1911 and 1919-1920.
An aviation club was revived at Harvard with the establishment of the Harvard Flying Club, an organization of Harvard undergraduates founded in March 1925. It is unclear whether or not the two organizations were related.

Scope of the Collection

The Records of the Harvard Aeronautical Society document its history and activities. The largest part of the collection documents the Harvard-Boston Aero Meets of 1910 and 1911. These records include programs, souvenirs, and photographs. Such records document not only the early history of the Harvard Aeronautical Society, but also document the early years of international aviation; many of the programs and souvenirs include biographies and photographs of early aviators and airplanes. Records also include general information about the group, such as newsclippings and pamphlets. Documents dated after 1920 are not records created by the Society, but instead recount the history of the organization.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists

Acquisition Information :

The Records of the Harvard Aeronautical Society were acquired through multiple donations:

Processing Information:

The Records of the Harvard Aeronautical Society were first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980. In November 2007, Juliana Kuipers re-processed the material. Re-processing involved integrating and reorganizing the collection, re-housing materials in the appropriate containers, establishing a series hierarchy, and creating this inventory.
All call numbers were simplified. A list of obsolete call numbers is included in this inventory.

Obsolete Call Numbers

The following list provides a map to call numbers that were made obsolete by the archivist during the 2007 re-processing. All the materials for The Records of the Harvard Aeronautical Society now fall under the single call number HUD 3123.

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