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Aviation Lithograph Collection

Identifier: MS-403

Scope and Content

The collection represents the artistic depiction of early aeronautics through color lithographs, including air balloons, monoplanes, biplanes, and air show promotion. The lithographs depict a Louis Godard balloon (circa 1866), Camille Dartois balloon (circa 1880), Boulard Voltaire (circa 1884), Sauvetage de l'aerostier by A.L. Crespin (circa 1900), Atterissage perilleux by A.L. Crespin (circa 1900), Coupe Gordon Bennett winner Curtiss (1909), Grande Semaine d'aviation de Caen (1910), Wright Brothers biplane above Paris (1909), Grande Semaine d'aviation de la Champagne Reims (1909), Bleriot (1909), Aeroplane by Ferdinand Fernel (circa 1908), and Wilbur Wright at Le Mans (1908). Also included is a mounted silver gelatin photograph of Alberto Santos-Dumont's Demoiselle in flight (1909).


  • Creation: 1866-1910


Language of Materials

The records are in English and French

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.


5 linear feet (13 oversize folders, 1 oversize tube)


A collection contains thirteen early aviation lithographs and one photograph.

Statement of Arrangement

These items are arranged and stored by item name in the oversize collection.

Acquisition Information

Items were purchased individually at an Artcurial auction in Paris, France on October 15, 2006. Additional items were purchased and added to the collection in 2007.

Existence and Location of Copies

The lithographs are digitized.

Guide to the Aviation Lithograph Collection (MS-403)
Finding aid prepared by John Armstrong, Fall 2006.
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Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2023 September 8: Additional five items processed into the collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA