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Virgil Kauffman (1898-1925) was a photographer and photogrammetrist. Kauffman was a unit photographer in the U.S. Army during World War I and was assigned to the Air Service for aerial reconnaissance. After the war Kauffman joined the Aero Service Corporation and eventually became President of the company. Aero Service was founded in 1919 to carry out a wide variety of projects, including aerial photography, photo mapping, and remote sensing. The company participated in several important projects, including work with the Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Geological Survey, and mapping work for the European and Pacific theaters during World War II.

Identifier

NASM.1987.0146

Processing Information

The archivist used file unit titles that were present at time of donation; provenance of these titles are unknown. Anything the archivist added is in brackets. Some file unit titles were at least Dorothy Cochrane's, Museum Specialist. She removed the materials from Kauffmans home in 1986. The titles might be original still, but it is unknown. The researcher might also like to visit The Library Company of Philadelphia, which houses almost 4,000 aerial images taken primarily during the 1920s and 1930s by the Aero Service Corporation.

Creator

Kauffman, Virgil

Date

1910-1986

bulk 1920-1940

Provenance

Virgil Kauffman Estate and C. Eric Storms, gift, 1986, 1987-0146, unknown

Extent

0.49 Cubic feet (1 legal document box)

Summary

This collection consists of files on Aero Service Corp and Virgil Kauffman.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Maps

Photographs

Publications

Correspondence

Clippings

Arrangement note

Arranged by the archivist in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, published materials, press clippings, photographs, and maps documenting Aero Service and its photogrammetrist work, as well as material on Virgil Kauffman in particular.

Genre/Form

Maps

Photographs

Publications

Correspondence

Clippings

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

Aero Service Corp

Kauffman, Virgil

Topics Aerial photography
Aerial reconnaissance
Photogrammetry
Aeronautics
Photogrammetrists
Remote sensing
Aeronautics, Military

Citation

Virgil Kauffman/Aero Service Corporation Collection, Acc. 1987-0146, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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