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Photo, Print, Drawing Wright brothers glass-plate negative collection Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright / Visual materials from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright

About this Item

Title

  • Wright brothers glass-plate negative collection

Other Title

  • Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright
  • Visual materials from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright

Summary

  • Subjects depicted include portraits of the Wright brothers and their family members; friends and associates; views of the Wright family home at 7 Hawthorn St., Dayton, Ohio; Orville Wright's home "Hawthorne Hill", Dayton; family gatherings; the brothers performing gliding experiments and powered flight tests at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and at Huffman Prairie, Dayton, Ohio, (including views of the first flight at Kitty Hawk, Dec. 17, 1903). Also includes images of the Wright camp at Kitty Hawk; airplane motors; a few views of the Wright Company plant; portraits of Orville Wright's dog Scipio; some landscape views of areas around Dayton, Ohio, and Kitty Hawk, N.C. Also, Charles Lindbergh at Wilbur Wright Field, 1927; photographs of documents relating to a legal case against Bishop Milton Wright.

Names

  • Wright, Orville, 1871-1948, photographer
  • Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912, photographer

Created / Published

  • 1897-1928, bulk 1898-1911.

Headings

  • -  Wright, Wilbur,--1867-1912
  • -  Wright, Orville,--1871-1948
  • -  Wright, Wilbur,--1867-1912--Friends & associates
  • -  Wright, Orville,--1871-1948--Friends & associates
  • -  Wright family
  • -  Aeronautics--United States--1890-1930
  • -  Flight testing--North Carolina--Kitty Hawk--1890-1930
  • -  Flight testing--Ohio--Dayton--1890-1930
  • -  Gliders--1890-1930
  • -  Airplanes--1890-1930
  • -  Families--Ohio--Dayton--1890-1930
  • -  Pets--1890-1930
  • -  Dogs--1890-1930

Headings

  • Glass negatives--1890-1930.
  • Group portraits--1890-1930.
  • Landscape photographs--1890-1930.
  • Nitrate negatives--1890-1930.
  • Portrait photographs--1890-1930.

Genre

  • Portrait photographs--1890-1930
  • Group portraits--1890-1930
  • Landscape photographs--1890-1930
  • Glass negatives--1890-1930
  • Nitrate negatives--1890-1930

Notes

  • -  Digitized images of all items in the collection and their associated identifying information are available through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. https://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/wriquery.html
  • -  Enlarged prints made from original Wright negatives by the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, ca. 1962 are provided as surrogates of the negatives for reference use in the P&P Reading Room. These are filed under the call number: LOT 11512.
  • -  Negatives; Also available on microfiche; Published as Wilbur Wright. Photographs by the Wright Brothers (Library of Congress, 1978).
  • -  Orville and Wilbur Wright, pioneers in early aviation, used photography to document their experiments with flight.
  • -  LOT title devised by Library staff.
  • -  Negatives are assigned the following filing series designations: LC-W85 (for 4x5 in.) and LC-W86 (for 5x7 in. and nitrate)
  • -  Transfer; Science and Technology Division; 1962.
  • -  The papers of Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright were given to the Library of Congress by executors of Orville Wright's estate in 1949.
  • -  Forms part of: The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Medium

  • 300 negatives : glass-plate ; 4 x 5 and 5 x 7 in.
  • 2 negatives : nitrate ; 5 x 7 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LOT 11512 (F) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00649999

Rights Advisory

Access Advisory

  • Use the digital versions to preserve the fragile original negatives.

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

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  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. For information see "Photographs taken by the Wright Brothers (LOT 11512)," https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/269_wri.html
  • Reproduction Number: ---
  • Call Number: LOT 11512 (F) [P&P]
  • Access Advisory: Use the digital versions to preserve the fragile original negatives.

Obtaining Copies

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    • No, the item is not digitized. Please go to #2.
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Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Wright, Orville, and Wilbur Wright, photographer. Wright Brothers Glass-Plate Negative Collection. United States Ohio Kitty Hawk North Carolina Dayton, 1897. to 1928, Bulk 1898 to 1911. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/00649999/.

APA citation style:

Wright, O. & Wright, W., photographer. (1897) Wright Brothers Glass-Plate Negative Collection. United States Ohio Kitty Hawk North Carolina Dayton, 1897. to 1928, Bulk 1898 to 1911. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00649999/.

MLA citation style:

Wright, Orville, and Wilbur Wright, photographer. Wright Brothers Glass-Plate Negative Collection. to 1928, Bulk 1898 to 1911. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00649999/>.