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Charles Lindbergh newspaper clippings

 Collection — Folder: OBC121
Identifier: OBC121

Scope and Contents

This collection contains clippings of newspaper articles and photographs related to Charles Lindbergh ranging from 1927 to 1977, concerning his life, his acccomplishments as a pilot, and official visits to cities.


  • 1927-1977

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

"Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902 in Detroit Michigan. His parents were Charles August Lindbergh and Evangeline Lodge Lindbergh. He spent most of his childhood on the family farm near Little Falls, Minnesota where he wasps drawn to aviation after hearing a plane fly over his house. After completing high school in 1918 Lindbergh enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 1920 where he studied engineering for two years. In 1922 Lindbergh decided to enroll in a Lincoln Nebraska flight school, a year later he purchased a surplus Jenny and set out on a solo flight barnstorming around country. In 1924 Lindbergh entered US Army flight school, graduating at the top of his class a year later. He became the first US air mail pilot on the Chicago to St. Louis route.

"While in St. Louis and looking for another challenge Lindbergh convinced a group of businessmen to back him in his attempt to win the $25,000 Oretig prize for flying nonstop across the Atlantic. On May 20, 1927 Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in New York headed for Paris. Thirty-three hours later he landed in Le Bourget field near Paris. Overnight he became a hero awarded numerous awards from many countries and was sent on an 82 city goodwill tour. On a trip to Mexico as a goodwill ambassador for the US government he met Anne Spencer Morrow daughter of the American ambassador. On May 27th 1929 they were married in New Jersey. Tragedy struck in 1932 when their son Charles was kidnapped from their home. After the sensationalism surrounding the loss of their child the Lindbergh’s left for England later moving to France.

"Later in his life he became heavily involved in conservation and the environment. He campaigned to protect endangered species like the humpback and blue whales, and supported the establishment of national parks. He died at his home in Maui on August 26, 1974."


Lindbergh Foundation. "Charles A. Lindbergh Biography." Lindbergh Foundation website. Accessed September 11, 2012.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 large oversize folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Division.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

[5-22-1927] Front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer announcing Lindbergh’s landing in Paris. 1 p.

[6-11-1927] Article containing President Coolidge’s address of welcome to Charles Lindbergh. 1 p.

[6-11-1927] Article discussing the size of the Lindbergh crowd in Washington D.C. and events surrounding his arrival. Also included are pictures of Lindbergh and the ticker-tape parade held in his honor in New York City. 1 p.

[No Date] Photographs of Lindbergh and his mother, his arrival from Europe and the crowds gathered to see him at the Washington Monument. 1 p.

[6-12-1927] Philadelphia Inquirer articles about Lindbergh’s arrival, an article written by Charles Lindbergh, and three full pages of photographs documenting his arrival to Washington D.C. 5 pp.

[6-13-1927] Photographs of Lindbergh and a letter to the Editor from Philadelphia’s mayor in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 1 p.

[6-13-1927] Philadelphia Inquirer Evening Bulletin front page with articles about Lindbergh’s visit to Philadelphia and his departure for New York City. 1 p.

[6-14-1927] Philadelphia Inquirer articles about Lindbergh’s arrival in New York City, an article by Lindbergh, and photographs of Lindbergh’s arrival and the ticker-tape parade held in his honor. 3 pp.

[2-13-1929] Article announcing engagement of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow. 1 p.

[2-13-1929] Article about Anne Morrow and her background, family and education.1 p.

[6-2-1929] Photomontage of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow with information about the couple on the back. 1p.

[8-27-1974] Front page of the Indianapolis Star with articles about Charles Lindbergh’s death. 4 pp.

[8-27-1974] Front page of St. Petersburg Times about the death of Charles Lindbergh. 2 pp.

[5-8-1977] Article in the Indianapolis Star recalling the anniversary of Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic. 1 p.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Sarah Pfundstein during September 2012. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/06/01. EAD finding aid updated on 2021/11/24 by Lauren Patton; 2021/11/29 by Brittany Kropf.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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