Audio-visual materials, 1915-1990s.


Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission. Audio-visual materials, 1915-1990s.

Audio-visual materials, 1915-1990s.

Mainly copies of photographs collected by the Metropolitan Airports Commission [MAC] from the private collections of Vince Doyle, Bill Ellis, and Noel Allard, and from the Minnesota Historical Society. Some but not all are identified with their original ownership. They are divided into four series: individuals, which are mainly MAC, Wold-Chamberlain Field, or Northwest Airlines employees and directors, including Charles Holman, or well-known visitors, including Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Will Rogers, and Dean Martin; events and airport scenes; aircraft; and aerial views. The latter three are all arranged chronologically and are largely centered around Wold-Chamberlain Field. Included are views of the 1923 Wold-Chamberlain Field dedication; Howard Hughes' round the world flight refueling (1938); World War II military troops and aircraft; building construction, particularly the West Side and Lindbergh terminals; various airlines' terminal counters, hangars, and aircraft, particularly Northwest; airmail service; air crashes; DePonti Aviation Company, inc.; expansion, especially additional runways; the Navy Base; the 1930 visit of the Question Mark, the first plane flown non-stop from France to America; and refitting of Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's B-25s prior to the raid on Tokyo (1942). Other sites documented include Holman Field, the city of Minneapolis, Mississippi River flooding in St. Paul, and Lake Elmo, Duluth, Flying Cloud, and Crystal airports. The videocassettes, collected or developed by MAC, document local television coverage of emergency preparedness at Wold-Chamberlain Field (1987), the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's sixtieth anniversary (ca. 1990), Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremonies (1992, 1997), and MAC's noise monitoring and sound proofing programs and dual track planning process (1994-1995) and snowplowing procedures (1997). The sound cassette contains MAC's fiftieth anniversary presentation, narrated by Dave Moore and containing Governor Harold Stassen's comments establishing the Commission in 1943 (1993). The related visual materials include postal first day covers, with cachets, that document the first general airmail (1930), international airmail (1931), and airmail to North Dakota (1931) flights from Wold-Chamberlain Field and the first DC-10 flight (1970); blueprints of Civil Aeronautics Administration and General Mills hangars (1939, 1951); a Minneapolis Park Board sign concerning airplane noise over the Veteran's Hospital (ca. 1940s); Minneapolis Park Board chair Theodore Wirth's preliminary surveys and plans to acquire and improve Wold-Chamberlain Field (1927); and maps of Wold-Chamberlain Field (1945-1970).

2.0 cu. ft. (2 boxes, 1 partial half-height oversize box, and 5 oversize folders).

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