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Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr.

Charles A. Lindbergh. Location no. por 7789 r33Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. is one of the most famous figures in Minnesota history. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1902. As a young man, Lindbergh studied engineering, but his true love was the exciting new field of aviation. In the 1920s he set out to be the first pilot to fly from New York to Paris and designed a special airplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." In 1927 he achieved his goal and completed the first ever trans-Atlantic flight, crossing the Atlantic Ocean nonstop and alone. He instantly became an international hero. After 1927 he continued flying and he test-flew world airline routes. His work helped give people confidence in air travel.

GET STARTED WITH SECONDARY SOURCES:

  • Heaven and Earth: Lindbergh's Journey, with Peter Jennings, ABC News.
    This film seeks to understand the conflict between tradition and modernity through the story of celebrated aviator Charles Lindbergh. Belonging in spirit to a rapidly disappearing small-town America yet a strong believer in progress, "Lucky Lindy" captured the imagination of the country as he helped to move the world into a new era.
    Stamford, Conn.: ABC Video, 1999.
    MHS call number: Videotape 787 (45-minute, color and b&w videocassette).
  • Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg.
    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1998.
    MHS call number: Reading Room TL 540 .L5 B47 1999.
  • Lindbergh Alone, by Brendan Gill.
    St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002.
    MHS call number: Reading Room TL 540 .L5 G54 2002.
  • Lindbergh Looks Back: A Boyhood Reminiscence, by Charles A. Lindbergh.
    St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002.
    MHS call number: Reading Room T L540 .L5 A31 2002.
  • The Spirit of St. Louis, by Charles A. Lindbergh.
    St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993.
    MHS call number: TL 540 .L5 A85 1993
  • "The Spirit of St. Louis: Charles Lindbergh's Solo Transatlantic Flight in 1927 Won Him World Acclaim," [by John Stroud].
    In Wings, vol. 5, pt. 75: pp. 1489-1493.
    MHS call number: TL 540 .L5 S77.

PRIMARY RESOURCES:

  • Charles A. Lindbergh and Family Papers.
    The papers of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. (b. 1902, d. 1974), begin in 1913 with a few items from grammar school. His correspondence begins in 1920 and describes such activities as managing the Lindbergh family farm in Little Falls, Minnesota, and family properties in Florida. The bulk of his papers relate to his life as a student at the University of Wisconsin (1921-1922), his early interest in aviation (1921-1923), and correspondence concerning his flight across the Atlantic ocean, much of it to his mother, Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh.
    MHS call number: P1675; see the green Manuscripts Notebooks for a detailed list of boxes (there are 20 boxes, 1½ oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder), or use an electronic version of the inventory.
    Note: Additional Lindbergh materials can be found at Yale University, Princeton University and the Missouri Historical Society. The Charles Augustus Lindbergh Papers and the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Papers are in Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library. The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Papers are located at the Princeton University Library. The Missouri Historical Society, in addition to manuscript materials, has a Charles Lindbergh Photograph Collection and the Charles A. Lindbergh Book Collection, which was Lindbergh's personal library.
  • Lindbergh Flight Anniversary First Day Cover.
    Rectangular white envelope has a cachet seal at center left featuring a black and white drawing of Charles A. Lindbergh standing in front of the "Spirit of St. Louis" airplane and a small map of the flight in the lower right foreground. Below the cachet is printed "Charles A. Lindbergh/Solo Transatlantic Flight/50th Anniversary/NEW YORK TO PARIS MAY 20-21, 1927." The colored first-day issue stamp in the upper right corner has an image of the plane in flight above the ocean.
    MHS call number: 1992.311.1 (in the Museum Collection).
    Note: You must make an appointment ahead of time to use museum materials.
  • Newspapers that may be useful for this topic:
    • Little Falls Herald
    • Little Falls Transcript
    • Minneapolis Star
    • Minneapolis Tribune
    • St. Paul Dispatch
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Visual Resources Database subjects that may be useful for this topic:
  • Check the library catalog for other materials.
  • For more information about Lindbergh's boyhood home, visit the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, located in Little Falls, Minnesota.