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Alpheus W. Drinkwater Collection, 1875-1997, undated

Manuscript Collection #805

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Alpheus W. Drinkwater Collection
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection, ca. 1908-1997, of photographic prints (b and w) made from cyanotype, sepia tone, and black & white photographs in a scrapbook and photocopies of newspaper and magazine clippings, letters, documents, and scrapbook material relating to the Wright Brothers glider flights with British aviator Alexander Ogilvie at Kitty Hawk, N.C., ca. 1911, compiled by Alpheus W. Drinkwater (1875-1962), a telegrapher and correspondent for The Associate Press in Manteo, NC, who was famed for relaying the news of the Wright Brothers's first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, on December 17, 1903. Some of the material also pertains to Alpheus Drinkwater's life.
Extent: 0.363 Cubic feet.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

March 6, 2001 (unprocessed), 1 Container, 145 items, 0.3 cubic feet; Collection, ca. 1908-1997, of photographic prints (b & w) made from cyanotype, septia tone, and black & white photographs in a scrapbook & photocopies of newspaper & magazine clippings, letters, documents, & scrapbook material relating to the Wright Brothers's 1911 glider flights with British aviator Alexander Ogilvie at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and to Alpheus W. Drinkwater (1875-1962), a telegrapher and correspondent for The Associate Press in Manteo, NC who was famed for relaying the news of the Wright Brothers's first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC on December 17, 1903. Donor: Mrs. John L. (Marguerite) Booth and sons John Lee Booth, Jr., and Robert Allen Booth.

February 11, 2003 (unprocessed addition 1), 27 items, 0.063 cubic feet; Collection (2003) of digitized reproductions of 23 photographic prints (18 cyanotype and 5 sepia) on 1 compact disc, scanned at 300 dpi, primarily of the Wright Brothers and British aviator Alexander Ogilvie test flying gliders at Kitty Hawk, N.C.,ca. 1911, copied from a scrapbook presented to A. W. Drinkwater by Van Ness Harwood of the New York World newspaper. (300 dpi Maxell compact disc #J410G4107143108D20); Thumbnail print inventory; and compact discs with selected Wright Brothers images scanned at 600 dpi. (600 dpi Maxell CD #1: #J410G4107143059C20 = P-805/1-7, 17; Maxell CD #2: #J410G4107143069D20 = P-805/1, 8-16, 22, 24-25). Donor: Mrs. John L. (Marguerite) Booth and sons John Lee Booth, Jr., and Robert Allen Booth.

August 30, 2012 (unprocessed addition 2), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Typescript of the “Ballad to Drinkwater” written by Dick Jordan. Donor was given this document by Marguerite Drinkwater Booth (daughter of Alpheus W. Drinkwater). Donor: Lorraine Robinson.

Access Restrictions

Donor retains copyright. Collection for educational use only.

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Alpheus W. Drinkwater Collection (#805), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. John L. (Marguerite) Booth and sons John Lee Booth, Jr., and Robert Allen Booth
  • Gift of Lorraine Robinson

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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