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    A. Leo Stevens Glass Plate Photography Collection, 1900-1915
     
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    Creator: 
    Stevens, Albert Leo, 1873-1944
    Title: 
    A. Leo Stevens Glass Plate Photography Collection, 1900-1915
    Phy. Description: 
    0.52 cubic feet (1 slim legal document box) (1 shoebox) (1 small shoebox)
    0.89 linear feet
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944) was an accomplished balloonist and aviation pioneer. Stevens began making ascensions when he was twelve and began manufacturing balloons and dirigibles at the age of 20. Stevens was an exhibitor in parachute, balloon, dirigible, and human cannonball shows and also was a participant in races such as the Gordon Bennett Balloon Races. Stevens flew one of the very first successful dirigibles in the United States in 1906 and opened the first private airfield in the nation in 1909. In the latter part of his career, Stevens became a flight promoter and worked with such pioneering aviators as Harry Atwood, Harry Bingham Brown, George Beatty, and Harriet Quimby. Stevens also played a key role in the development of safety features for parachutes.
    Summary: 
    This collection consists of 37 glass negatives, 22 glass lantern slides, and 4 transparencies depicting the life and career of Stevens, circa 1900-1915. There are also corresponding negatives and contact prints for these 63 images.
    Restrictions: 
    No restrictions on access
    Subject-Topical: 
    Airships
    Balloons
    Aeronautics
    Aeronautics -- Exhibitions
    Subject-Name: 
    Stevens, Albert Leo, 1873-1944
    Form / Genre: 
    Glass negatives
    Transparencies
    Lantern slides
    Repository Loc: 
    National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560
    Local Number: 
    1997-0039
    Item Information
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    National Air & Space Museum Archives1997-0039Add Copy to MyList

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