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    Charles M. Manly Papers, 1895-1925 (bulk 1903-1915)
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    Manly, Charles Matthews, 1876-1927
    Charles M. Manly Papers, 1895-1925 (bulk 1903-1915)
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    0.90 cubic feet (2 legal document boxes)
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    Charles Matthews Manly (1876-1927) graduated with a M.E. from Cornell University in 1896. Soon after, Manly was hired by Samuel Langley to be in charge of the construction of a large man-carrying aeroplane which the Smithsonian Institution was undertaking for the Board of Ordnance and Fortification, War Department. Manly's greatest contribution to Langley's work was his design and construction of a 5-cylinder water-cooled radial gasoline engine. The Aerodrome final trials during 1903 ended badly, as both times Pilot Manly narrowly escaped being drowned in the wreckage. Although the Aerodrome was not a success, Manly continued to work at the Smithsonian Institution until 1905, when aviation work at the Smithsonian ceased due to a lack of funds. Manly then served as a consulting aviation engineer for different government agencies and corporations, including: the British War Office, 1915; the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation 1915-1919, (from 1919-1920 as the assistant general manger); and as a member of the US Commission to the International Aircraft Conference, London, 1918. Manly also completed and edited Langley's 'Memoir on Mechanical Flight,' which was published by the Smithsonian in 1911, and he posthumously received the Langley Gold Medal for Aerodromics. Besides belonging to a number of engineering and aviation organizations, Manly also had over 50 patents relating to automotive transportation, power generation, and transmission.
    This collection consists of material relating to Manly's aeronautical career, specifically his work with Samuel Langley's Aerodrome. The material consists of programs, publications, newspaper clippings, work notebooks, waste books, (mostly letterpress) and correspondence between Manly and the aviation and Smithsonian communities, circa 1885-1925. Correspondents include the following personalities: Glenn Curtiss, Carl Myers, Charles Walcott, Frank Lahm, Cyrus Adler, Augustus Post and Samuel Langley.
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    Langley Aerodrome Family
    Aeronautics -- 1903-1916.
    Airplanes -- Motors
    Test pilots
    Manly, Charles Matthews, 1876-1927
    Post, Augustus
    Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906
    Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930
    Myers, Carl, 1842-1925
    Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927
    Lahm, Frank Purdy, 1877-1963.
    Adler, Cyrus, 1863-1940
    Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
    Smithsonian Institution
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    Repository Loc: 
    National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560
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    National Air & Space Museum Archives1999-0004Add Copy to MyList

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