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Contents of CSA #2963

Case File of Orville Wright
Committee on Science and the Arts
1933 Franklin Medal

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Aviation pioneer Orville Wright was recognized by The Franklin Institute in 1933 with a Franklin Medal for the "valuable investigations carried out by him and his brother, Wilbur, from which they obtained the first reliable scientific data concerning the principles of flight and the design of aeroplanes, upon which data they constructed the first heavier than air machine which flew by its own power under human control." Wilbur Wright had died in 1912.

Also available: the case file for Orville Wright's 1914 Cresson Medal.

Orville Wright instructed that, upon his death, The Franklin Institute should receive his collection of airfoils and devices, as it was the first scientific organization to give the Wright brothers credit and ranking for achieving sustained powered flight. Today, The Franklin Institute Science Museum has the largest collection of artifacts from the Wright brothers' workshop. Efforts are underway to provide online access to the entire collection. See what objects have been digitized so far..

  • REPORT
    • CSA Report, Recommending and describing the work of Orville Wright and Paul Sabatier, 12/14/1932
      Page 1 (1.0M)
      Page 2 (1.2M)
      Page 3 (1.2M)
      Page 4 (1.1M)
      Page 5 (1.3M)
    • Special Sub-Committee Report, Short descriptions of medal awardees: Wright and Sabatier, 12/14/1932 (and undated handwritten copy)
    • Report, Transcribing all events of the Franklin Medal award ceremony, 5/17/1933
    • Report, Press release describing all recipients honored at the Franklin Medal award ceremony, 5/17/1933
    • Report, Listing the states and countries of residence of Franklin medallists (4 copies), undated
    • Report, Listing the Franklin Medal awardees for the period 1915 to 1932 (4 copies), undated
    • Report, General history of the Franklin Institute, undated
  • CORRESPONDENCE
    • Letter from CSA Committee to James Barnes, Informing of appointment as chairman of the Special Standing Committee for the 1933 Franklin Medal awards, 2/18/1932
    • Letter from CSA Committee to H.J.M. Creighton, Informing of appointment as a member of the Special Standing Committee for the 1933 Franklin Medal awards, 2/18/1932
    • Letter from CSA Committee to G.H. Clamer, Informing of appointment as a member of the Special Standing Committee for the 1933 Franklin Medal awards, 2/18/1932
    • Postcard from James Barnes, Accepting appointment as chairman of the Sub-Committee of the Committee on Science and the Arts, 2/29/1932
    • Postcard from H.J.M. Creighton, Accepting appointment as a member of the Sub-Committee of the Committee on Science and the Arts, 3/1/1932
    • Letter from H. Jermain Creighton to George A. Hoadley, Promising an effort to attend the 11/7/1932 Sub-Committee meeting, 11/3/1932
    • Letter from Secretary to Orville Wright, Notifying of the unanimous recommendation to award Wright the Franklin Medal, 2/6/1933 (820k)
    • Letter from Secretary and Director to Orville Wright, Appreciating Wright's promise to attend the awards ceremony and asking for the presentation of a short paper, 3/2/1933 (808k)
    • Letter from Secretary and Director to Orville Wright, Regretting that Wright will not present a paper but anticipating a great awards ceremony, 4/17/1933 (706k)
    • Letter from Secretary and Director to Orville Wright, Asking for names of friends that may be invited to the award ceremony, 5/6/1933 (746k)
    • Letter from Secretary and Director to Orville Wright, Describing the Franklin Medal award ceremonies that Dr. Wright was unable to attend due to illness, 5/18/1933 (806k)
    • Telegram from Secretary and Director to Orville Wright, Informing of shipment of Franklin Medal, 5/18/1933 (604k)
    EVIDENTIAL INFORMATION
  • MISCELLANEOUS
    • CSA Sub-Committee Minutes, Describing each member's suggestions for medal awardees, 11/7/1932
    • CSA Sub-Committee Minutes, Describing discussion of medal candidates, resulting in the selection of Sabatier and Wright, 11/23/1932 (1.3M) | Page 2 (1.1M)
    • Memorandum from CSA Department to Mr. Jackson, Requesting that two Franklin medals be struck and engraved, 4/6/1933
    • Memorandum from CSA Department to Mr. Jackson, Requesting that two Franklin medal certificates be prepared with the supplied text, 4/6/1933
    • Announcement, Announcing details of the 1933 Medal Meeting of The Franklin Institute, 5/17/1933 (440K) | Page 2 (474K) | Page 3 (325K)
    • Image of The Franklin Medal awarded to Orville Wright (photocopy) (281k)
    • Image of the certificate for the Franklin Medal awarded to Orville Wright (photocopy) (501k)
    • Photocopy, Text of a citation to Orville Wright, undated (source unknown)
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