Royal Nassau Balloon, circa 1837
Scope and Contents
The Theodore N. Vail Collection of Aeronautical Prints, Broadsides, and Clippings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) consists of pictorial engraving prints, cuttings and excerpts from newspapers and magazines, and a large number of hand-bills and posters about balloon ascents primarily in England, France, and Germany. The bulk of the collection covers approximately the years 1720 to 1880 and was assembled by English collectors.
The collection's images and topics range from the fanciful to depictions of historic events, for instance, the first successful balloon flight by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783.
- Creation: circa 1837
- From the Collection: Vail, Theodore Newton, 1845-1920 (Collector, Person)
- From the Collection: Dering, George Edward (Collector, Person)
- From the Collection: Fillinham, John (Collector, Person)
- From the Collection: Cuthbert, John (Collector, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open.
Digital Access Note
Some parts of this collection are available online. Links to specific online digital items are found within their entry in this finding aid.
From the Collection: 43.4 Gigabytes (2,721 digital files related to the digitization project of the T.N. Vail collection of Aeronautical Prints, Broadsides, and Clippings)
From the Collection: 16 Cubic Feet (23 flat boxes, 2 folders)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: Multiple languages
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