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The Dream

Myth and Religion

[Elijah in the flying chariot] in Biblia. Dordrecht: H. Keuer, 1702. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (1)

Manuscript of talismans and tattoos from Burma. Nineteenth century. Steatite chalk on black paper. Asian Division (2)

Icarus at merito, cum petat alta, cadit, seventeenth century. Etching with engraving. Prints and Photographs Division (5.1)

Petrus Apianus. Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetvstatis. Ingolstadt: Petrus Apianus, 1534. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (6)

Winged Figures

" E.D.Palmer's The Spirit's Flight," 1854-1860. Daguerreotype. Gift of Henry K. Bush-Brown. Prints and Photographs Division (7)

Paul Albert Besnar. Souscrivez pour Hâter la Paix par la Victoire. 3e Emprunt de la Défense Nationale. Paris : Maquet Gr., 1917. Lithograph. Prints and Photographs Division (9)

Gramota--put' k kommunizmu (Literacy--the Path to Communism). USSR, 1920. Photo-mechanical print with halftone color. Prints and Photographs Division (10)

Marcia Brown. The Flying Carpet. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1956. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (11)

[Phaeton in Chariot] in Dante Alighieri. La Commedia. Venice: Petrus de Plasis, 1491. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division (12)

Albrecht Dürer. [Winged Venus] in Sebastian Brant. Das Narrenschiff. Basel: Johann Bergmann, de Olpe, 1494. Woodcut. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division (13.1)

William Blake. [Winged Time] in Edward Young. The Complaint, and the Consolation, or, Night Thoughts. London: R. Noble for R. Edwards, 1797. Hand-colored engraving. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division (21)

Early Science

I Manoscritti di Leonardo da Vinci Sul Volo degli Uccelli e Varie Altre Materie. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1893. Facsimile folio. General Collections (22.1)

Louis Guillaume de La Follie. La philosophe sans pretention. Paris: Clousier, 1775. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (19)

Francesco Lana Terzi. Prodromo: Overo, Saggio di alcune inventioni nuove premesso all'Arte maestra. Brescia: Rizzardi, 1670. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (24)

Exp[é]rience a[ë]rostatique faite Versailles le 19 sept. 1783. Hand-colored etching, 1783. Tissandier Collection, Prints and Photographs Division (29)

Ballooning Firsts

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) to Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), November 21, 1783. Holograph letter. Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 - Page 5 Page 6 - Page 7 - Page 8 - Page 9 Page 10 - Page 11 - Page 12 Tissandier Collection, Manuscript Division (30)

Premier Voyage Aerien . . . sous la direction de Mr. Montgolfier . . . , 1783. Hand-colored etching. Prints and Photographs Division (108)

Expérience du globe aerostatique du MM. Charles et Robert au Jardin des Thuileries le 1er décembre 1783. Paris: Chez Esnauts et Rapilly . . . , 1783. Hand-colored etching. Prints and Photographs Division (31)

J. A. C. Charles. " Memoire de M. Charles sur L'aerostatique," ca. 1784. Holograph manuscript. Tissandier Collection, Manuscript Division (32)

Balloon fragment from first fatal balloon flight, June 15, 1785. Album. Tissandier Collection, Manuscript Division (34)

Mort de Pilâtre de Rosier [Rozier] et de Romain. . . . Boulogne, France: ca. 1785-1820. Stipple engraving. Prints and Photographs Division (35)

Premier descent en parachute, 1797. Gouache and watercolor. Prints and Photographs Division (107)

Mr. Blanchard . . . est parti de Douvres. . . , 1785. Hand-colored etching. Prints and Photographs Division (109)

W. Walton, printer. The First Carrieage, the "Ariel." London: Ackerman & Co., 1843. Hand-colored lithograph. Prints and Photographs Division (110)

Lighter Than Air

Attributed to Albert Tissandier. [Lunar halo and luminescent cross observed during the balloon Zénith's long distance flight from Paris to Arcachon in March, 1875.] Drawing on blue paper: ink wash, lead white, and graphite. Tissandier Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. (115)

[Collecting cards with pictures of events in ballooning history from 1783 to 1846.] Paris: Romanet & cie., imp. Edit [between 1890 and 1900]. Prints and Photographs Division (116)

J. Duruof. Le tricolore - Page 2 Paris: Imp. E. Hamelin rue Fontaine au roi 59, 1874. Lithograph. Landauer Collection, Prints and Photographs Division (117)

Dirigibles and Gliders

" Sir George Cayley's Aerial Carriage," in Mechanics' Magazine, April 8, 1843. General Collections (36)

Aerostat a Vapeur de M. Giffard (Expérience de 25 septembre 1852). Lithograph. Giffard Papers, Manuscript Division (37)

|[Drawing of dirigibles]. Pencil on paper, ca. 1852. Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 Giffard Papers, Manuscript Division (38)

James Means. The Problem of Manflight. Boston, Massachusetts: W.B. Clark & Co., 1894. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (111)

Otto Lilienthal. Der Vogelflug als Grundlage de Fliegekunst. Munich and Berlin: R. Oldenbourg, 1910. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (112a)

Octave Chanute. Photographs of Chanute glider being flown over dunes on Lake Michigan, 1896. Photo album. Chanute Papers, Manuscript Division (39)

The Achievement

Wright Family

S.T. Wiggins, photographer. Orville Wright, 1881. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (40.1)

Wilbur Wright, ca. 1880. Copyprint. Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (40.2)

Milton Wright, ca. 1883 Copyprint. Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (40)

Susan Koerner Wright, 1876 Copyprint. Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio ( 40.4)

S.T. Wiggins, Katharine Wright, 1879 Copyprint. Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (40.5)

Wilbur and Orville on porch in Dayton, 1909. Copyprint. Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (40.3)

Orville Wright to Milton Wright, April 1881. Postcard. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (41)

Front view of 7 Hawthorn Street with bicycle, Dayton, Ohio, ca. 1900. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (44)

Orville Wright, publisher, and Wilbur Wright, editor. The West Side News, 1889. Dayton, Ohio. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (45)

Wilbur Wright working in the bicycle shop, 1897. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (46)

Wilbur Wright to Milton Wright, September 12, 1894. Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 Holograph letter on Wright Cycle Company stationery. Manuscript Division (47)

Inspiration and Experiments

Vernon. " The Flying Man: Otto Lilienthal's Flying Machine" in McClure's Magazine. September 1894. General Collections (49)

Orville Wright. Pénaud-style ornithopter. Drawn from memory, ca. 1929. Carbon copy. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (51)

W.J. Tate to Wilbur Wright, August 18, 1900. Page 2 Holograph letter Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (55)

Wilbur Wright to Milton Wright, September 9, 1900. Holograph letter Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (57)

Wright kite being flown by tethers, 1900. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (61)

Wrights' 1899 Kite, 1920. Defense evidence from trial. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (56)

Wilbur Wright notebook, September-October 1900. Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 - Page 5 Page 6 - Page 7 - Page 8 - Page 9 Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (58)

Glider being flown as a kite by Wilbur Wright (left) and Orville Wright (right), 1901. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (62)

Kitchen at Kitty Hawk, 1902. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (63.1)

Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute, October 6, 1901, Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 Page 5 - Page 6 - Page 7 Chanute Papers, Manuscript Division (64)

with enclosed sketches on wallpaper scraps. Scrap 2 - Scrap 3 Holograph letter. Chanute Papers, Manuscript Division (65a,b)

Sheets with tables of wind tunnel data. Enclosed in a letter from Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute, January 5, 1902. Manuscript pages. Chanute Papers, Manuscript Division (69)

Wright glider in flight, 1902. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (68)

Wrights in Flight

Wilbur Wright to Katharine Wright, December 14, 1903. Holograph letter. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (72)

John T. Daniels. First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m., Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (74)

Orville piloting the third flight of December 17, 1903, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (76)

Distant view of the Wright airplane just after landing. . . . This flight, the fourth and final of December 17, 1903, was the longest: 852 feet covered in 59 seconds. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (77)

[Photo album belonging to Orville Wright]. Page 2 Wright Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. (113)

" Airship that Flew in North Carolina, and its Inventors." Chicago Sunday Tribune, December 20, 1903. Newspaper clipping. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division. (80)

Orville Wright to Octave Chanute, December 28, 1903. Holograph letter. Page 2 - Page 3 Page 4 - Page 5 Chanute Papers, Manuscript Division (81)

First Flight

Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute, May 13, 1900. Holograph letter. Page 2 - Page 3 Page 4 - Page 5 Chanute Papers, Manuscript Division (52)

Orville Wright to Milton Wright, December 17, 1903. Telegram. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (73)

Orville Wright's diary entry of December 17, 1903. Holograph manuscript. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (78)

John T. Daniels. The first flight of December 17, 1903. Photograph printed by Orville Wright. Manuscript Division (75)

Fabric from the wing of the 1903 machine. Muslin. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (79)

Orville Wright, 1904 diary. Wright Papers. Manuscript Division. (92)

Showing the World

Wilbur and Orville relaxing at Huffman Prairie, 1904. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (82)

Wilbur's diary showing first circular flight, 1904. Holograph manuscript. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (83)

Orville flying . . . Huffman Prairie, 1905. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (85)

Patent for Wright Flying Machine. May 22, 1906. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (86)

J.C. Bates, U.S. War Department, to Wilbur and Orville Wright, October 16, 1905 Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (88)

K. Tachibana, War Department of Japan, to Wright Cycle Company, July 18, 1906 Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (90)

U.S. Signal Corps. War Department Purchase Order, February 10, 1908 Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (93)

L'Aviation en 1908. Mr. O. Berg with Mr. Wilbur Wright. Postcard. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (91a)

Admission tickets for demonstration flights by Wilbur Wright at Le Mans, France, 1908. Reverse side of ticket Manuscript Division, Wright Papers (94)

[Wilbur Wright in Europe.] Postcards, ca. 1908-1909. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (94.1-9)s

Wilbur Wright flying Wright Model A over an ox-drawn cart in Pau, France, 1909. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (95)

First flight for Katharine Wright, seated in plane with Wilbur; Orville standing to left, in Pau France, 1909. Photograph. Mabel Beck Collection, Prints and Photographs Division (96)

Orville's crash which killed Selfridge, September 1908. Copyprint. Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University (99)

Orville Wright flying a successful flight at Fort Meyer, 1909. Copyprint. Prints and Photographs Division (101.1)

Wilbur Wright to Orville Wright, September 28, 1908. Postcard. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (101)

Homecoming

"A New Kind of Gull in New York Harbor" in Harper's Weekly, October 9, 1909. Copyprint. Courtesy of Harpweek LLC (104)

Dayton Homecoming Celebration Pennant. Felt with printing, 1909. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (105)

Poster from Dayton Homecoming, June 17-18, 1909. Wright Papers, Manuscript Division (106)

 
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