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Series I. Amelia Earhart

Scope and Content Notes:

The files in this series date from 1928 to 2002 and contain Donald Goldstein’s research files and manuscript drafts based upon Amelia Earhart’s aviation career and her mysterious disappearance in 1937. Researchers should refer to Series XIII: Photographs to view images of Earhart. The files are further described in the following subseries scope notes.

Subseries 1. Research Materials

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the research materials gathered by Donald Goldstein as he investigated Amelia Earhart’s aviation career and disappearance. Although limited in quantity, the Earhart disappearance correspondence, documentary evidence file, Federal Bureau of Investigation files, and radio logs chronicle the actions of Earhart’s contemporaries to track and locate the missing aviator. This primary research is supplemented by secondary sources such as articles, newspaper clippings and manuscripts. In addition to his research, Goldstein received several files from John Luttrell, a prolific theorist on the disappearance of Earhart. The Luttrell correspondence and related documents examine various theories of Earhart’s disappearance, as well as possible locations for her crash site. The files are arranged alphabetically by record type.

Section: Articles


Box 1
Folder 1 Earhart Disappearance, 1966 - 1987
Folder 2 Miscellaneous, 1978 - 1987
Folder 3 Tokyo Rose, 1983 - 1985

Section: Bibliographies,

Folder 4 Bibliographies, undated

Section: Correspondence

Folder 5 Earhart Disappearance, 1937 - 1938
Folder 6 Gervais, Joe, 1965 - 1987
Folder 7-10 Luttrell, John, 1985 - 1988
Folder 11 Safford, Laurence, 1971 - 1973

Section: Documentary Evidence

Folder 12 Documentary Evidence Collected by Safford, undated

Section: FBI Files

Folder 13 Earhart, Amelia, 1937 - 1971
Folder 14 Putnam, George P., 1937
Folder 15 Rothar, Wilbur, 1937

Section: Manuscripts

Folder 16 20 HRS. 40 MINS. by Amelia Earhart, 1928
Folder 17 Courage is the Price: A Biography of Amelia Earhart, 1963
Folder 18 The Earhart Disappearance. The British Connection , 1987
Folder 19 Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident, 1987
Folder 20 The Fun of It by Amelia Earhart, 1977
Folder 21 Get Underway - Eyewitness Accounts, 1937
Folder 22 Hollywood Pilot: A Biography of Paul Mantz, 1967
Folder 23 Last Flight by Amelia Earhart, 1937

Box 2
Folder 1 Letters from Amelia Earhart, 1982
Folder 2-3 Miscellaneous Excerpts, 1938 - 1987
Folder 4 My search for Amelia…Alive!, undated
Folder 5 Soaring Wings: A Biography of Amelia Earhart, undated
Folder 6 Untitled, undated
Folder 7 Soaring Wings: A Biography of Amelia Earhart, undated
Folder 7 World Flight: The Earhart Trail, undated

Section: Maps

Folder 8 Hand-Drawn Maps and Calculations of Possible Crash Site, undated
Folder 9 Information on Locating and Acquiring Maps, 1985 - 1986

Section: Miscellaneous, 1935 - 1986

Folder 10 Miscellaneous material, 1935 - 1986

Section: Newspaper Clippings

Folder 11 Autogyro Altitude Record, 1931
Folder 12 Earhart Aviation Career, 1929 - 1936
Folder 13 Scrapbook of Articles on Earhart, 1937 - 1986
Folder 14-15 Theories on Disappearance and Remembrance, 1937 - 1997
Folder 16 Nihau Island, 1986

Section: Radio Logs, July 1937

Folder 17 Radio Logs, July 1937

Section: Subject Files

Folder 18 Aero Philatelic Federation of the Americas, 1978 - 1987
Folder 19 Earhart Birth Centennial Celebration, 1997
Folder 20 Japanese Search for Earhart, 1949
Folder 21 Pacific Islands, undated
Folder 22 Paxton, Nina, 1944 - 1986
Folder 23 Weather and Currents, 1977 - 1986

Subseries 2. Manuscripts and Related Materials

Scope and Content Notes:

The manuscript drafts in this subseries document the development of the biography from the original drafts of Flight Into Yesterday through its evolution into Amelia: The Centennial Biography of an Aviation Pioneer. While the earliest drafts concentrate on the technical aspects of Earhart’s flight, the later drafts provide an expanded portrait of Earhart and document both her childhood and development as an aviator. In addition to manuscripts, this subseries contains corrections and correspondence generated by Goldstein while writing and promoting the biography, which was eventually published in 1997.

Folder 24 Corrections, 1996 - 1997
Folder 25-26 Correspondence- General, 1987 - 2002
Folder 27 Correspondence- Luttrell, John, 1986 - 1996

Box 3
Folder 1-24 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 4
Folder 1-14 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 5
Folder 1-15 Manuscript Drafts, undated