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Evert D. "Hud" Weeks of Des Moines, Iowa, first learned to fly in 1930. It was an experience that would guide his future life. A cosmetics manufacturer by trade, Weeks devoted his spare time to the collection and restoration of antique aircraft and the recreation of pioneer aircraft. To further this avocation, Weeks entered into correspondence with many early aviators and fellow collectors. Several of these were Early Birds, members of an organization having the distinction of soloing before December 17, 1916. Weeks possessed a strong interest in the career of the exhibition pilot, Lincoln Beachey.

Identifier

NASM.1985.0004

Processing Information

Additional material: A fabric sample from the Curtiss Golden Flyer was transferred to the National Air and Space Museum Aeronautics Division.

Creator

Weeks, E. D. "Hud" (Evert D.)

Date

1907-1981

Provenance

E. D. "Hud" Weeks, gift, 1985, NASM.1985.0004

Extent

1.51 Cubic feet (4 boxes)

Summary

Hud Weeks, pilot and restorer of early aircraft, exchanged correspondence with many early aviators and possessed a strong interest in the career of the exhibition pilot Lincoln Beachey.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Publications

Diaries

Correspondence

Manuscripts

Photographs

Arrangement note

The E.D. "Hud" Weeks Collection contains approximately one and a half cubic fee of material, including photographs, printed, typewritten, and handwritten material. It was donated to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in two installments in 1985 (accessions NASM.1985.0004 and NASM.1985.0006). Original order of the materials, where identified, has been maintained. Series in the collection are as follows: I. I. Personal II. II. Correspondence III. III. Lincoln Beachey IV. IV. Oversized Materials

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of correspondence between E. D. "Hud" Weeks, a cosmetics manufacturer and aviation enthusiast from Des Moines, Iowa, and various aviation personalities and members of the Early Birds, a not-for-profit organization established in 1928 and composed of persons who had piloted an aircraft or airship prior to 17 December 1916. The collection also includes material gathered by Weeks on early aeronautical events, both in the US and abroad. Included within this collection are newspaper articles on Lincoln Beachey's life and tragic death, a great deal of photographs of the daring aeronaut and correspondence between Hud Weeks and former colleagues of Beachey's such as Art Mix and Warren Eaton.

Genre/Form

Publications

Diaries

Correspondence

Manuscripts

Photographs

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.

Names

Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).

Allison, Lawrence M.

Arens, Charles A., 1895-1967

Brock, Walter L.

Hildesheim, Erik

Jones, Ernest La Rue, 1883-1955

Morehouse, Harold E., 1894-1973

Parker, Will D.

Tibbs, Burrell

Waterman, Walter D.

Weeks, E. D. "Hud" (Evert D.)

Topics Aeronautics -- 1903-1916
Wright (Co) Model G Aeroboat
Aeronautics
Periodicals

Citation

E. D. "Hud" Weeks Collection, Acc. NASM.1985.0004, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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