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Amelia Earhart: Online Resources

Compiled by Kathryn Funk, The Catholic University of America*

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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Amelia Earhart, including manuscripts, photographs, and books. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Amelia Earhart that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Amelia Earhart and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection

This collection contains 118 hours of recordings of different dialects from the various regions of the United States. Among these recordings is a speech by Amelia Earhart on the growing interest and role of women in science, especially through aviation and air travel. The transcript and audio recording of Earhart’s speech can be found by searching the collection on Amelia Earhart.

The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress

From this collection of correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings, and other documents highlighting the Wright brothers' pioneering work in aviation, view correspondence sent from Amelia Earhart to Orville Wright during 1932 through 1934.

Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years

This collection was compiled by the staff of the Manuscript Division to celebrates its centennial and provide an online display of ninety representative documents from the fifteenth century to mid-twentieth century. Included are the Earhart’s palm prints from 1933 and an analysis of them by Nellie Simmons Meier that reveals Earhart’s determination and passion for adventure and independence.

America's Library

Meet Amazing Americans: Amelia Earhart

This collection was designed and compiled with a younger audience in mind, encouraging users to look beyond the Library’s book collection for information on famous Americans. The Amelia Earhart page contains links to images and video in addition to textual information about her life and accomplishments.


The Dream of Flight: A Library of Congress Special Presentation Commemorating the Centennial of Flight

This special commemorative exhibition celebrates the centennial anniversary of automated flight. Amelia Earhart is discussed and pictured in the Timeline of Flight, which recognizes her 1932 achievement in becoming the first woman to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search this catalog for images of Amelia Earhart as well as images relating to early aviation. An overview of the Prints & Photographs holdings on Amelia Earhart is an excellent place to start any search. It includes information on image copyrights and reproductions.

Teachers Page

With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight

This presentation highlights resources from the Library of Congress on the early history of flight and includes a PowerPoint slideshow for classroom use. Amelia Earhart is mentioned in the section titled "Flying Higher: After the Wright Brothers."

Women’s Words of Wisdom: Thoughts Over Time

Discover the wisdom shared by women from many walks of life throughout America's past. Click on the portrait of Amelia Earhart to view her quote, “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Wise Guide

This portal into the Library's digital collection includes an article about Amelia Earhart titled "Who Was Lady Lindy?"). The page also offers guidance for finding information on Charles Lindbergh as well as other inspirational women featured in the Library’s collections.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

This site offers information and news clips on Amelia Earhart's childhood, aviation career, and accomplishments.

Amelia Earhart: The Official Web Site

Provides a biography, quotations, photographs, video, and quick facts about Amelia Earhart and her achievements. The site also keeps a news feed of current events pertaining to Earhart.

Amelia Earhart Collections at Purdue University

These digital collections are maintained by Purdue University Libraries and include a rare glimpse into the life of one of America's premier women aviators. The George Palmer Putnam Collection includes wide-ranging materials such as the maps that were used on her last flight, photographs that she took while on the flight and mailed back to her husband, her medals, personal correspondence, her marriage license, and her prenuptial agreement. Amelia Earhart at Purdue documents Earhart's time at the university.

National Women's Hall of Fame

Amelia Earhart was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973 for her achievements in aviation.

National Women's History Museum

This institution currently uses its online presence to raise awareness and honor women's diverse experiences and achievements. They strive to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States.

The Ninety-Nines

Amelia Earhart was the first president of the Ninety-Nines, an organization established to support and advance women pilots. This site provides information about the organization and a timeline of Earhart's life.

One Life: Amelia Earhart

This online feature presents information and items from the physical exhibit held at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery from June 29, 2012 through May 27, 2013.

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933

This digital collection includes over 55,000 images of urban life from the Chicago Daily News during the first three decades of the twentieth century. These photographs are part of the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum. Search in ARCHIE, the Chicago History Museum's online catalog, on the keywords Amelia Earhart to retrieve over 30 digitized photos..

Women in Aviation and Space History

This site offers biographical information provided by the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Amelia Earhart's biography includes a list of aviation records she set during her life. The Web site also provides information on other women aviation and space pioneers.

Selected Works by Amelia Earhart

Backus, Jean L., ed. Letters from Amelia: 1901-1937. Boston: Beacon Press, 1982.
LC Call Number: Tl540.E3 A4 1982 [Catalog Record]

Earhart, Amelia. The Fun of It: Random Records of My Own Flying and Women in Aviation. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1975.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 A3 1975 [Catalog Record]

-----. Last Flight. New York: Orion Books, 1988.
LC Call Number: TL721.E3 E375 1988 [Catalog Record]

-----. 20 hrs., 40 min.: Our Flight in the Friendship. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2003.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 A3 2003 [Catalog Record]

Selected Biographies of Earhart

Butler, Susan. East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1997.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 B88 1997 [Catalog Record]

Lovell, Mary S. The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 L68 1989 [Catalog Record]

Rich, Doris L. Amelia Earhart: A Biography. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1989.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 R53 1989 [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Micklos, John, Jr. Unsolved: What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart? Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow, 2006.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 M53 2006 [Catalog Record]

Pflueger, Lynda. Amelia Earhart: Legend of Flight. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 2003.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 P48 2004 [Catalog Record]

Reyburn, Susan. Amelia Earhart. San Francisco: Pomegranate, 2006.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 R49 2006 [Catalog Record]

Stone, Tanya Lee. Amelia Earhart. New York: DK Publishing, 2007.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 S746 2007 [Catalog Record]

Szabo, Corinne. Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1997.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 S97 1997 [Catalog Record]

Tanaka, Shelley. Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008.
LC Call Number: TL540.E3 T36 2008 [Catalog Record]

*Fall 2009 SLIS MSLS Practicum

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