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North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission Collection

(Manuscript Collection #0930)

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

Title: North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 2.592 Cubic feet.

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

Accessions Information

August 15, 2003 (unprocessed) 12 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Folder (2001) of information pertaining to the International flight Symposium: "They Taught the World to Fly: The Wright Brothers and the Age of Flight," held 22-25 October 2001 at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC and the activities of the Commission celebrating the centennial of the Wright Brothers first flight at Kill Devil Hills, NC 17 December 1903. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

September 19, 2003 (unprocessed addition 1) 19 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Minutes, agendas, correspondence, ephemera, and printed materials (2003), pertaining to Dr. W. Keats Sparrow's membership and participation in the Commission and its Education Committee including First Flight Visions Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight: Inside 2003: A History A Program A Keepsake, edited for the First Flight Society by Christ Kidder (Kitty Hawk, NC: Thrasher Gallery, ©2003). Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

August 19, 2004 (unprocessed addition 2) 41 items, 1.1 cubic feet; Collection (2002-2004) including correspondence and press releases, ephemera, newsletter, pamphlets and periodicals, photographs, printed materials, Teachers of the Year and North Carolina Class of 2003, and clippings pertaining to Dr. W. Keats Sparrow's membership and participation in the Commission and its Education. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

October 7, 2004 (unprocessed addition 3) 12 items, 0.004 cubic feet; Photographic prints (12/17/2003) of Wright Brothers Centennial events, Kitty Hawk, NC. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

October 15, 2004 (unprocessed addition 4) 22 items, 0.004 cubic feet; Memorabilia (ca. 2003) of Wright Brothers Centennial events, Kitty Hawk, NC, including travel mug, automobile license plate, lapel pins, shoulder patches, window stickers, name tags, etc. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

November 10, 2004 (unprocessed addition 5) 6 items, 0.002 cubic feet; Memorabilia (ca. 2003) of the Wright Brothers' First Flight Centennial events, Kitty Hawk, NC, including Spirit of Kitty Hawk red silk tie, Airbus / Mobay Sportswear cap; First Flight Centennial 1903-2003 plastic pins (2), Space Shuttle metal pin (1), and metal Airbus A380 pin. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

January 21, 2005 (unprocessed addition 6) 2 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Periodicals (2003) with articles on the Wright Brothers centennial, including Sen. John Glenn, "The Wonder of Flight," Parade, The Sunday Newspaper Magazine, 29 June 2003, (20 p.); and "Celebrating the Wright Brothers' Genius: National Park Service Marks Centennial of Flight," The U. S. Department of the Interior People, Land & Water, v. 9, n. 7, August 2003, 36 p. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

April 29, 2005 (unprocessed addition 7) 10 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Collection (2003-2005) of clippings, pamphlets, and museum objects related to the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, including final report of the First Flight Commission and U. S. Space Shuttle astronaut shoulder patches. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

May 16, 2005 (unprocessed addition 8) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Poster (2001) for the North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission's International Symposium: They Taught the World to Fly: The Wright Brothers and the Age of Flight, October 22-25, 2001, McKinnon Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC. 24" x 36" Note: Filed oversized. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

August 26, 2005 (unprocessed addition 9) 331 items, 1.35 cubic feet; Collection (2003-2005) of clippings, decals, shoulder patches, and printed materials compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

September 7, 2005 (unprocessed addition 10) 17 items, 0.011 cubic feet; Collection (2003-2005) of clippings, decals, shoulder patches, and printed materials compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

February 10, 2006 (unprocessed addition 11) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Flyer Issue #3 (2005) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC 17 December. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

July 7, 2006 (unprocessed addition 12) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Flyer Issue #4 (2006) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, collected by the donor as a result of his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December 2003. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

August 23, 2006 (unprocessed addition 13) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Flyer Issue #2 (2006) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, collected by the donor as a result of his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December 2003. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

December 14, 2006 (unprocessed addition 14) 1 item, 0.035 cubic feet; Flyers: Story of the Wright Brothers (ca. 2003) film script of the Wright Brothers, ca. 1896-1912, by William Berkson, Writers Guild of America - E Reg. No. I06519-00, collected by the donor as a result of his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December 2003. Typescript. Loose leaf bound. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

August 3, 2007 (unprocessed addition 15) 2 items, 0.002 cubic feet; The Flyer Issue (2006-2007) No. 3, 2006 & #1, 2007, the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, collected by the donor as a result of his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December 2003. Periodical. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

April 29, 2008 (unprocessed addition 16) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Flyer (September/October 2007) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, collected by the donor as a result of his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December 2003. Periodical. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

September 4, 2008 (unprocessed addition 17) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Flyer (April 2008) published by the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, N.C. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

December 16, 2008 (unprocessed addition 18) 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Flyer (August 2008) published by the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, N.C. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission Collection (#930), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, December 20, 2007


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.

  • Box 1#0930.1
    • Folder a#0930.1.a
      Folder (22-25 October 2001) pertaining to "They Taught the World to Fly: The Wright Brothers and the Age of Flight" the Commission’s International Flight Symposium held at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC and other activities of the Commission celebrating the centennial of the Wright Brothers first flight at Kill Devil Hills, NC, 17 December 1903. 12 items. 29 p. (0.02 cubic feet) Rec’d. 11/1/2002
    • Folder b#0930.1.b
      Minutes, agendas, correspondence, ephemera, and printed materials (2003), pertaining to Dr. W. Keats Sparrow’s membership and participation in the Commission and its Education Committee including First Flight Visions Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight: Inside 2003: A History A Program A Keepsake, edited for the First Flight Society by Christ Kidder (Kitty Hawk, NC: Thrasher Gallery, ©2003). 19 items. 112 p. (0.04 cubic feet est.) Rec’d. 9/16/2003
  • Box 2#0930.2
    • Folder a#0930.2.a
      Correspondence & Press Releases (2002-2004) 22 items. 98 p. Note: Addition #2 Rec'd. 7/12/2004.
    • Folder b#0930.2.b
      Ephemera: Decals, Invitations, Guest Badges, Tickets, Shoulder Patch (2003) 12 items. 12 p. Note: Addition #2 Rec'd. 7/12/2004.
    • Folder c#0930.2.c
      Newsletters: They Flyer (Winter-Spring 2003-2004) 2 items. 6 p. Note: Addition #2 Rec'd. 7/12/2004.
    • Folder d#0930.2.d
      Pamphlets & Periodicals (2003) 7 items. 170 p. Note: Addition #2 Rec'd. 7/12/2004.
    • Folder e#0930.2.e
      Photographs (2003-2004) 4 items. 15 p. Note: Addition #2 Rec'd. 7/12/2004.
    • Folder f#0930.2.f
      Printed Materials: Brochures, Calendars, Maps, Etc. (2003) 9 items. 23 p. Note: Addition #2 Rec'd. 7/12/2004.
    • Folder g#0930.2.g
      Teachers of the Year and the North Carolina Class of 2003 Awards (2003) 3 items. 18 p. Note: Addition #2 Rec'd. 7/12/2004.
Box 4#0930.4
Folders a-v. Memorabilia (ca. 2003) of Wright Brothers Centennial events, Kitty Hawk, NC, including travel mug, automobile license plate, lapel pins, shoulder patches, window stickers, name tags, etc. 1 box. 22 items. 22 p. (0.004 cubic feet) Rec’d. 10/6/2004. Note: Addition #4.
  • Box 5#0930.5
    • Folder a-f#0930.5.a-f
      Memorabilia (ca. 2003) of the Wright Brothers’ First Flight Centennial events, Kitty Hawk, NC, including Spirit of Kitty Hawk red silk tie, Airbus / Mobay Sportswear cap; First Flight Centennial 1903-2003 plastic pins (2), Space Shuttle metal pin (1), and metal Airbus A380 pin. 6 items. 6 p. (0.002 cubic feet) Rec’d. 10/14, 10/21/2004. Note: Addition #5.
    • Folder g#0930.5.g
      Periodicals (2003) with articles on the Wright Brothers centennial, including Sen. John Glenn, “The Wonder of Flight,” Parade, The Sunday Newspaper Magazine, 29 June 2003, (20 p.); and “Celebrating the Wright Brothers’ Genius: National Park Service Marks Centennial of Flight,” The U. S. Department of the Interior People, Land & Water, v. 9, n. 7, August 2003, 36 p. 2 items. 56 p. (0.02 cubic feet) Rec’d. 1/11/2005. Note: Addition #6.
  • Box 6#0930.6
    • Folder a#0930.6.a
      Clippings: "French hope to mark another Wright Flight" Greenville, NC Dailey Reflector (2/23/2005); also The Guardian, v. 18, n. 41 (2/23/2005); and Coastland Times (2/17/2005) 3 items. 10 p. (0.006 cubic feet) Recd. 2/14, 2/28, 3/11, 3/15/2005. Note: Addition #7.
    • Folder b#0930.6.b
      Pamphlet: "By Dauntless Resolution and Unconquerable Faith: Selected Anniversary Celebrations at the Site of the Wright Brothers' First Flight," by Stephen E. Massengill (Raleigh, NC: NC Office of Archives and History, 2003); First Flight Society membership information. 2 items. 19 p. (0.006 cubic feet) Recd. 2/14, 2/28, 3/11, 3/15/2005. Note: Addition #7.
    • Folder c#0930.6.c
      Pamphlet: "First Flight Centennial: Final Summary Report," (Manteo, NC: U. S. Department of Interior, Outer Banks Group, [2005]); Cover Letter, 2/9/2005. 2 items. 25 p. (0.006 cubic feet) Recd. 2/14, 2/28, 3/11, 3/15/2005. Note: Addition #7.
    • Folder d#0930.6.d
      Museum Objects: U. S. Space Shuttle Astronaut shoulder patches distributed at Wright Brothers' centennial celebration, 12/17/2003. 3 items. 3 p. (0.001 cubic feet). Recd. 2/14, 2/28, 3/11, 3/15/2005. Note: Addition #7.
Box 7#0930.7
Collection (2003-2005) of clippings, decals, shoulder patches, and printed materials compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC. Boxes 930.7.a-930.9.l. Rec'd. 7/18/2005. Note: Addition #9.
Box 8#0930.8
Collection (2003-2005) of clippings, decals, shoulder patches, and printed materials compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC. Boxes 930.7.a - 930.9.l. Rec'd. 7/18/2005. Note: Addition #9
  • Box 9#0930.9
    • Folder a-f#0930.9.a-f
      Collection (2003-2005) of clippings, decals, shoulder patches, and printed materials compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother's first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC. Boxes 7-9.l. Rec'd. 7/18/2005. Note: Addition #9
    • Folder m#0930.9.m
      Collection (2003-2005) of clippings, decals, shoulder patches, and printed materials compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother’s first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC. 17 items. 33 p. (ca. 0.011 cubic feet) Rec'd. 8/24/2005. Note: Addition #10.
    • Folder n#0930.9.n
      The Flyer Issue #3 (2005) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother’s first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December. 1 item. 2 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd. 11/11/2005. Note: Addition #11.
    • Folder o#0930.9.o
      The Flyer Issue #4 (2006) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother’s first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December. 1 item. 2 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd. 4/13/2006. Note: Addition #12.
    • Folder p#0930.9.p
      The Flyer Issue #2 (2006) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother’s first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December. 1 item. 2 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd. 7/24/2006. Note: Addition #13.
    • Folder q#0930.9.q
      Flyers: Story of the Wright Brothers (ca. 2003) film script of the Wright Brothers, ca. 1896-1912, by William Berkson, Writers Guild of America – E Reg. No. I06519-00, collected by the donor as a result of his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother’s first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December 2003. Typescript. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 104 sheets. (ca. 0.035 cubic feet) Recd. 6/22/2006. Note: Addition #14.
    • Folder r#0930.9.r
      The Flyer Issues #2 (2006) 7 #1 (2007) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, compiled by the donor during his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother’s first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC 17 December. 2 items. 5 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd. 7/24/2006. Note: Addition #15.
    • Folder s#0930.9.s
      The Flyer (September/October 2007) the newsletter of the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, NC, collected by the donor as a result of his service as a member of the NC First Flight Centennial Commission, established to commemorate the centennial of the Wright Brother’s first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, 17 December 2003. Periodical. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 item. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd. 4/29/2008. Creator: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow.
    • Folder t#0930.9.t
      The Flyer (April 2008) Published by the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, N.C. 1 item, 4 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd 9/4/2008.
    • Folder u#0930.9.u
      The Flyer (August 2008) Published by the First Flight Society, Kitty Hawk, N.C. 1 item, 2 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd 12/16/2008.
Oversize Folder os1#0930.os1
Transferred from box 6. Poster (2001) for the North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission's International Symposium: They Taught the World to Fly: The Wright Brothers and the Age of Flight, October 22-25, 2001, McKinnon Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC. 24" x 36" Note: Filed oversized. 1 item. 1 p. (ca. 0.001 c.f.) Recd. 12/31/2003. Note: Addition #8.

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