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Collection Number: 03385-z

Collection Title: John J. Montgomery Papers, 1885-1947

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 33 items
Abstract John Joseph Montgomery (1858-1911) was an inventor and physics professor interested in aeronautics from Monterey, Calif. The collection includes photocopies of correspondence and other papers relating to the 1880s flying experiments of Montgomery. Papers include some of his writings about his flights, and letters to his sister and from a Chicago engineer concerning glider experiments. Additional items, 1911-1947, concern the family's attempt to see that Montgomery was given credit for his work.
Creator Montgomery, John J. (John Joseph), 1858-1911.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John J. Montgomery Papers, #3385-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Isabel Arnold of De Land, Fla., March 1958.
Location of Originals
Location of originals is unknown.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. ยง 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. ยง 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Joseph Montgomery (1858-1911) was an inventor and physics professor interested in aeronautics from Monterey, Calif. Montgomery was the son of Zach Montgomery of Fruitland farm, near San Diego, Calif. His early aeronautical experiments were in San Diego County; later he taught at Santa Clara College and was head of the physics department while he continued his inventions and experiments. He was killed in a crash during a flight attempt.

See also Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West, Craig S. Harwood and Gary B. Fogel [University of Oklahoma Press, 2012).

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The collection includes photocopies of correspondence and other papers relating to the 1880s flying experiments of John Joseph Montgomery. Papers include some of his writings about his flights, and letters to his sister and from Octave Chanute, a Chicago, Ill., engineer, concerning glider experiments. Additional items, 1911-1947, concern the family's attempt to see that Montgomery was given credit for his work.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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