Collection of Amelia Earhart Related Materials, 1928-2004 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
The Collection of Amelia Earhart Related Materials (1928-2004, 4.7 cubic feet) is a collection of Amelia Earhart related materials collected by the Purdue Archives over the years as a supplement to the George Palmer Putnam collection of Amelia Earhart papers. There are numerous articles about Earhart, including information about her relationship with Purdue University and activities held in her honor. The collection also contains firsthand accounts of encounters with Earhart written by those who knew her while she was employed by Purdue or at other times during her career. Other material includes reports by TIGHAR: The International Group for the Historic Aircraft Recovery – The Earhart Project, compiled by Richard E. Gillespie, Executive Director. This information includes some findings on their search for the remains of Earhart, Fred Noonan and/or her Lockheed Electra.
Also among the material is genealogy information on the Earhart family. The Earhart genealogy was compiled by Charles Farrell Ehrhart and Linda Kaye Kirkpatrick. Contained in the binder is information on the “Ehrhard – Erhard – Ehrhardt – Earhart – Ehrhart Families, from Germany to America, Descendants of Hanss Michael Ehrhard/Ehrhardt.” The audio visual material includes VHS™ tapes featuring Earhart; several produced by Purdue University Relations; “Amelia Earhart Program,” “Dorothy Stratton Remembers Amelia Earhart,” and “Amelia Earhart Collection Dedication Ceremony.” Also included are cassettes from the 1982 Amelia Earhart Symposium, photographs of Earhart and other aviatrices (some signed) and “Amelia Earhart negatives used in 1997 publication, Amelia Earhart World Flight 1937.
The collection is rounded out by various artifacts including, a piece of Amelia Earhart brand luggage and the accompanying brochure, several Earhart collectible dolls, and various first day cover stamps, including a binder containing a first day cover from Earhart’s 1928 “Friendship Flight,” signed by Earhart, Wilmer Stultz (co-pilot) and Lou Gordon (mechanic). Also included is various memorabilia, including programs from Purdue events, and a series of “Amelia Earhart: The Purdue Years,” postcards, © Purdue Research Foundation. The oversized material includes front-page newspaper articles from the late 1920s to early 1930s that feature Earhart and other aviatrices of that era. There are also some advertisements that feature Earhart.
Types of materials include: advertisements, artifacts, cassettes, clippings, correspondence, first day covers, genealogy, manuscripts, memorabilia, negatives, newsletters, papers, photographs, reports, and VHS™ tapes.
Series 1: Newsletters and Clippings, 1928-2004
Series 2: Book, Correspondence, Memoirs, Publications and Miscellaneous Material, 1928-2002
Series 3: Earhart Genealogy, 2002
Series 4: Audio Visual, 1928-2002
Series 5: TIGHAR, 1990
Series 6: Artifacts, 1928-2003
Series 7: Oversized Material