Smithsonian Libraries
Library of Congress - Research and Reference Services
Correspondence, letterbooks, notebooks, articles, family papers, patents, kite diagrams, sketches, plans of Chanute's railroad bridge across the Missouri River, clippings, and photographs. The bulk of the collection (1860-1910) relates to Chanute's experiments with gliders and his scientific and financial support of aeronautical pioneers. Other papers concern his career as a builder of railroads, his service as chief engineer of the Erie Railroad and railroads in Illinois and Kansas, the laying out of the railroad line from Chicago to Abilene, Kan., his planning and building of the Chicago stockyards and the elevated railways of New York City, and his contribution to the technique of preserving wooden railroad ties. Also includes thesis (1955) by Earl F. Niehaus on Jefferson College, Convent, La., of which Chanute's father was vice-president
University of Chicago - Special Collections Research Center
Scrapbook of clippings from the United States, England, France, Germany, and Italy, concerning early attempts at manned flight made ca. 1870-1910. Includes related correspondence, handwritten notes and articles, typed copies of articles, and photographs