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Author Eileen F. Lebow wrote a book about early women pilots entitled, Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation. The book, published by Brassey's Inc. in 2002, highlights the following pilots: Raymonde De Laroche; Hélène Dutrieu; Marie Marvingt; Melli Beese; Lydia Zvereva; Eugenie Shakhovskaya; Lyubov Golanchikova; Helena Samsonova; Hilda Hewlett; Cheridah de Beauvoir Stocks; Winnie Buller; Lillian E. Bland; Blanche Scott; Bessica Raiche; Harriet Quimby; Matilde Moisant; Katherine and Marjorie Stinson; Ruth Law; Julia Clark; Bernetta Miller; Florence Seidell; Mrs. Richberg Hornsby; Dorothy Rice Peirce; Helen Hodge Harris; Hilder Smith; Alys McKey Bryant; and Lily Irvine.




Lebow, Eileen F.


bulk 1910s-1930s


Eileen F. Lebow, Gift, 2006


2.18 Cubic feet ((2 boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Newspaper clippings


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two cubic feet of research material gathered for Eileen F. Lebow's book, Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation. The research material was gathered from a variety of repositories, and consists mostly of copies of newspaper articles and photographs.


Newspaper clippings



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Bryant, Alys McKey

Clark, Julia.

De Laroche, Raymonde.

Dutrieu, Helene.

Law, Ruth

Miller, Bernetta Adams

Moisant, Matilde, 1887-1964

Quimby, Harriet, 1875-1912

Raiche, Bessica.

Scott, Blanche Stuart, 1889-1970

Stinson, Katherine

Stinson, Marjorie

Topics Women air pilots


Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation Collection, Accession number 2007-0001, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives