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Elgen Long collected oral recordings, both interviews and sound sources, while he was researching and writing his book, Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved which promotes the theory that Amelia Earhart's aircraft came to rest at the bottom of the ocean near Howland Island. These tapes were also used throughout Long's partnership with David W. Jourdan, founder of the deep-sea exploration company Nauticos, during their three attempts to locate Earhart's aircraft on the ocean floor (2002, 2006, and 2017).



Processing Information

Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2020.


Long, Elgen Marion, 1927-




David Jourdan, Gift, 2020, NASM.2020.0025


5 Cubic feet (Four record center boxes.)


This collection is in English.


No restrictions on access


Collection descriptions

Archival materials


Sound recordings

Arrangement note

Arrangement by donor.

Scope and Contents

The donation consists of 156 separate interviews or sound sources, some comprising two or more tape sides. Most of them are interviews conducted by Long, including interviews with: crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca; Naval and Coast Guard officials; mechanics and engineers involved in the maintenance of Earhart's aircraft; New Guinea and Australia residents and radio operators; friends, family and associates of Earhart and Noonan; and advocates of alternative disappearance theories. There are also radio interviews and a few movie soundtracks and miscellaneous items. The total running time of the collection is 13,209 minutes (220sca hours). This donation also includes a hard drive which holds 387 audio files in .mp3 or .mp4 format (each file is an interview with the possibility of multiple interviews per tape).


Interviews -- 1950-2000

Sound recordings -- Audiotapes -- Audio cassettes -- Music


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Nauticos Corporation

Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937

Noonan, Frederick

Topics Aeronautics
Underwater exploration
Flights around the world


Amelia Earhart Project Recordings, NASM.2020.0025, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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