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Douglas Corrigan in Indianapolis photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP064
Identifier: SP064

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 3 photographs of Douglas Corrigan after his infamous flight, during a parade in his honor while he visited Indianapolis, Indiana on August 17, 1938.


  • 1938/08/17

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

Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan was an airplane mechanic and pilot who earned notoriety in 1938 for an unscheduled transatlantic flight from New York to Ireland, rather than California as intended. He claimed it was due to a navigation error, but many people have expressed skepticism as his request for a transatlantic trip had been denied.

Corrigan visited Indianapolis, Indiana on August 17, 1938 as a guest of the city at the invitation of Mayor Walter C. Boetcher.

Sources: editors. "Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan Crosses the Atlantic." Last updated July 15, 2020. Accessed October 8, 2021.

"Indianapolis to Play Host Friday to Douglas (Wrong Way) Corrigan." Indianapolis Star, August 16, 1938, 1. Accessed October 8, 2021. ProQuest.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/08 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid 2021/10/08 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.