Hugo Sundstedt Papers
||Hugo Sundstedt Papers
||1.0 linear feet
||Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum
||JEO, 6-23-1995; JEF, 12-23-1998; JLY,
8-2007; MN, 11-2012
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Dating between 1919 and 1951, this collection of
Hugo Sundstedt’s papers includes correspondence, newspaper clippings
and aircraft designs which demonstrate the growth of aviation. Also included
is biographical information about Sundstedt.
Swedish-born Hugo Sundstedt began his career in
aviation in 1909 at age 23. By age 30, he held many flight records in Scandinavia,
designed and built hydroplanes, and served both Sweden and France in World
War I by supervising construction of and instruction for military aircraft.
He immigrated to the United States in 1916 and contributed to the advance
of the aviation industry with his designs for hydroplanes, pontoons, transport
planes and wing construction. At one time he was part of an effort to be
the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean non-stop, a feat performed by Charles
Lindbergh. During the 1920s Sundstedt worked for several aircraft manufacturers
including the Aero-Marine Company, and in 1924, he organized the Speed Boat
Company. In 1934 the Sundstedt Aircraft Corporation was established to serve
as consultant engineers and designers. In this capacity Captain Sundstedt
designed several seaplanes.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
||Box 1 FF 1
||Box 1 FF 2-15
||Box 1 FF 16-21
Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing
Series 1 ‒ Biographical Materials
||Biography and Resume -- Captain Hugo Sundstedt. This file contains two
copies of a rresume recording the professional career of Hugo
Sundstedt. His efforts in airplane design are noted, especially
in designing seaplanes. Also included in this file is a resume
that includes Sundstedt's "Suncraft" hydroplane craft.
Series 2 ‒ Correspondence
1914. This file contains copies of five letters requesting and
granting permission from European governments for Sundstedt's
flight from Paris to Hendor. Two letters are from the British
Secretary of State's office, two are French and the last is
in Swedish. Also included is a map of Sweden with possible air
routes drawn on it.
1916. This file contains four letters, two of which are in French,
the first letter written in French is for:"Aeroplanes Henri
and Maurice Forman," the second is from the "Legation de France
a Stockholm." October 24, 1916 from A. A. Jassuem to Sundstedt
offers Jassuem's service towards testing airplane designs.
The last letter from Dr. William Perrin Nicolson, Jr. is an
attempt to contact Sundstedt concerning photographs. Also included
is an invitation from the Union League Club extending the privileges
of the club for a period of two weeks of request of A. O. Linstrom
and an introduction letter from the English Trust Limited
regarding Hugo Sundstedt.
1919. This file contains a letter of endorsement for Sundstedt,
President of the Aeronautical Society of America regarding Sundstedt.
1920-1929. This file includes the following: letters written
to Sundstedt regarding aviation matters, including his attempted
transcontinental flight, letters of recommendation for Sundstedt,
a patent regarding the modification of wind or air resistance,
letters of introduction by Sundstedt, descriptions of Sundstedt's
1929. This file contains three letters addressed to Sundstedt
Aircraft, Inc. regarding offers to purchase airplanes.
1929. This file contains six letters addressed to Sundstedt
requesting information on the progress of a seaplane model and
indicating the enclosure of checks to help fund the project.
1930. This file contains letters to Sundstedt regarding endorsements
for aircraft designs by Sundstedt, aircraft design and sale
proposals, dispute over Sundstedt's patents vs. Goodyear-Zepplin
1931. This file contains eight letters regarding Sundstedt's
aircraft efforts to locate a manufacturer for a seaplane design.
1931. This file contains two letters, both supporting references
1933. This file contains personal and business letters written
to Sundstedt, including tests on airplane designs.
1934-1935. This file contains letters to Sundstedt concerning
his aircraft designs, including viability of steam power for
aviation use and a description of the Sundstedt 100-Passenger
1936. This file contains letters and correspondence written
to Sundstedt regarding the feasibility of his airplane design.
1937-1951. This file includes letters and correspondence to
Sundstedt regarding aeronautical designs, projects and assignment
of patent to Elliott Roosevelt, son of the former President.
This file contains a map of the Florida to Havana, a "Passenger
Planes" proposal and several letters in Spanish, a 1949 release
of contract form and a photograph of the "Townie" leash.
Series 3 ‒ Aviation Materials
Birds" material. This file contains applications for membership,
membership bulletins, and correspondence regarding the organization.
Post and Harold Gatty Dinner. This file contains an invitation
to the honorarium dinner for the Record World Flight and a seating
list for the July 7, 1931.
and Magazine Articles. This file contains newspaper and magazine
articles regarding Captain Sundstedt's efforts in aviation including
an effort at the first Transcontinental Flight.
and Aviation. This file contains Sundstedt's designs and diagrams
for airplanes, engines, and other aviation related inventions.
These materials include early models to his seaplane models.
Test Results. This file contains test reports on Sundstedt's
airplane designs. Also included is a state of New York Operator's
License for Sundstedt and an unidentified photograph of uniformed
and civilian men, possibly taken in 1920s.
This file contains two blueprints by the Sundstedt Aircraft
Corporation. One is for a 14 Passenger Air Transport, and the
other for a four engine Transatlantic Air Transport.
Series 4 ‒ Oversized Materials
sheet from Associated News Service, Vol. 6, No. 24, February
24, 1919. Photo of Sundstedt seated in the cabin of his seaplane.