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Roger B. Whitman was a prominent photographer who maintained a lifetime love of aviation. During World War I he was in the Air Service and established the first school of aerial photography. Whitman was later the Associate Editor of the American 'Country Life.'



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Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 1993. Digital assets attached by Allan Janus, 2020.


Whitman, Roger B.




Herbert S. Whitman, Gift, 1979, XXXX-0517, Public Domain


0.25 Cubic feet ((7 folders))


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Arrangement note

The Roger B. Whitman Early Aviation Photograph Collection is arranged in its original order.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 163 photographs, collected by Whitman, covering early aviation activities in predominantly the United States and France. Aircraft manufacturers represented include: Wright, Curtiss, Bell, Bleriot, Antoinette, Deperdussin, Farman, Voisin, and other American, French, and British designers of the period 1909-1911. The following events are represented: 1909, 1910 Grande Semaines d'Aviation, 1910 Quinzaine de la Baie de la Seine, 1909 meet at Blackpool England and the 1910 meets at Belmont Part Long Island, Nice and other locations. Flights represented include: Bleriot's Channel flight, Latham's flight over San Francisco and flights in and around New York and Paris. Aviators represented include: the Wright Brothers, Henry Farman, Louis Bleriot, Hubert Latham, Glenn Curtiss, Louis Paulhan, and other French and American pilots. Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.




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Blériot, Louis, 1872-1936

Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930

Farman, Henry

Latham, Hubert

Paulhan, Louis

Whitman, Roger B.

Wright, Orville, 1871-1948

Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912

Topics Bell Aircraft Family
Bleriot Aircraft Family
Curtiss, General, Aircraft
Antoinette Aircraft Family
Voisin Aircraft Family
Deperdussin Aircraft Family
Aeronautics -- France
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions
Aeronautics -- Competitions
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916


Roger B. Whitman Early Aviation Photograph Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0517, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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