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SAMUEL BLOOMFIELD PAPERS
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NOTE: Collection is now held by the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita. Contact Lon Smith, Director, at 316-683-9242.


Series Description
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Series 1 Box 1, FF1-3, FF12 Notebooks, 1935-36. Contains engineering analyses in notebooks, one of which appears to have been assembled as a quick-reference manual.
Series 2 Box 1, FF4, FF8 Design Notes, undated. Contains notes on airplane design and airplane description.
Series 3 Box 1, FF5-7 Correspondence, 1936-1976.
SubSeries 1 Box 1, FF5 Contains correspondence concerning airplane certification with the Department of Commerce, 1936.
SubSeries 2 Box 1, FF6 Contains correspondence of Sam Bloomfield during retirement, 1956-1976.
SubSeries 3 Box 1, FF7 Contains Swallow business correspondence, notes, papers, and clippings related to Swallow's business activities, 1936-1939.
Series 4 Box 1, FF9-10 Correspondence, 1928-1937. This series contains correspondence concerning E. B. Christopher.
SubSeries 1 Box 1, FF9 Contains correspondence from, to and about E. B. Christopher, 1928-1931.
SubSeries 2 Box 1, FF10 Contains correspondence from, to and about E. B. Christopher while he was at Swallow, 1937.
Series 5 Box 1, FF11, FF13, FF14 Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1940. Contains newspaper clippings on subjects related to aviation, the Swallow Airplane Company, and Mr. Bloomfield's career.
Series 6 Box 1, FF15-21, Box 2 FF11 Publications, 1929-1954. Contains printed sales brochures, company publications, periodicals and a promotional booklet.
Series 7 Box 2, FF1-10 Scrapbook and Contents, 1937-1976. Contains a scrapbook and contents with clippings, photos, and memorabilia of and about Swallow and E. B. Christopher.
Series 8 Box 3 University Notebooks and Related Materials, 1926-1929. Contains personal student notebooks by Mr. Bloomfield, as well as printed materials, notes, blueprints, and other materials from Mr. Bloomfield's university studies.



File Folder Description

Box 1 FF 1 Notebook. Contains notes on Swallow airplanes' shipping, shipping costs, insurance, materials, and various sales and technical information on Swallow airplanes. Typewritten, handwritten, and pasted-in printed material, dated 1935-1936. [This appears to be a salesman's or engineer's self complied quick reference book.]
Box 1 FF 2 Notebook. Contains handwritten notes in English and German.
Box 1 FF 3 Notebook. Contains handwritten airplane design notes and calculations.
Series1 continues with Box 1 FF12
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Box 1 FF 4 Design Notes. Contains three pages of handwritten notes on airplane design.
Series 2 continues with Box 1 FF8
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Box 1 FF 5 Correspondence, certification. Contains correspondence with the Department of Commerce concerning Swallow Model C certification. Typewritten and carbon copy, dated 1936.
Box 1 FF 6 Correspondence, retirement. Contains correspondence with the Smithsonian Instutition concerning Swallow engineering drawings, the Smithsonian's copying of those drawings, Swallow airplanes, and the history of Swallow. Some correspondence to and from Mr. Bloomfield concerning aviation history. Typewritten, carbon copies and photocopies, dated 1956, 1962, 1965, and 1976.
Box 1 FF 7 Correspondence, business, 1936-1939. Contains business correspondence of the Swallow Company, employment agreement, clippings on sales, information on airplane parts and engines, blank sales agreement. Handwritten, newspaper clippings, magazine clipping, printed, photocopy and telegrams.
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(Continuation of Series 2)
Box 1 FF 8 Design Notes. Contains notes on the New Swallow Coupe, Model "C," [product description], carbon copies and typewritten, some with annotation. Twelve copies of same.
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Box 1 FF 9 Correspondence of E. B. Christopher, 1928-1931. Contains letters and telegrams on behalf of Mr. Christopher recommending him for Supervising Aviation Inspector in Aeronautics. 1933. Typewritten, carbon copy and telegram. Statement from Packard Wichita Motor Co. Typewritten/printed. Handwritten note.
Box 1 FF 10 Correspondence of E. B. Christopher, 1937. Contains correspondence to and from Mr. E. B. Christopher while at Swallow Airplane Company. Typewritten/printed, annotated, 1937.
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Box 1 FF 11 Newspapers and Clippings. Contains news clippings from Wichita Eagle and Wichita Beacon, about E. B. Christopher's death and the continuation of the Swallow Company, 1937.
Series 5 continues with Box 1 FF13 and FF14
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(Continuation of Series 1)
Box 1 FF 12 Notebook. Contains the "Jersey Mosquito" Model A-50, engineering design analysis, New Jersey Aircraft Company, Port Newark, New Jersey. Handwritten engineering design analysis. Approximately 30 pages.
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(Continuation of Series 5)
Box 1 FF 13 Newspapers and Clippings. Contains newspaper sheets from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1933.
Box 1 FF 14 Newspapers and Clippings. Contains newspaper sheets from the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Beacon, 1933-1940.
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Box 1 FF 15 Publications. Contains Swallow Airplane sales brochures: Clipping about the "New Swallow Coupe;" "The New Swallow Coupe," color printed; "The New Swallow LT65;" "There's Something New in the Air" [LT65 brochure]; "The Swallow," booklet; "Follow the Swallow," booklet, [training school brochure].
Box 1 FF 16 Publications. Contains "Curtiss-Wright Trade Wind," Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1930, company publication.
Box 1 FF 17 Publications. Contains "Travel Air Currents," Vol. 1, No. 2, Aug. 1929, color, company newsletter; "Travel Air Currents," Vol. 1, No. 3, Sep. 1929, color, company newsletter; "Travel Air Currents," partial, color, company newsletter.
Box 1 FF 18 Publications. Contains "Swallow Jet Gazette," Vol. IV, No. 5, Dec. 3, 1954, company newsletter; "Swallow Jet Gazette," Vol. IV, No. 6, Dec. 17, 1954, company newsletter; "Swallow Jet Gazette," Vol. IV, No. 7, Dec. 30, 1954, company newsletter.
Box 1 FF 19 Publications. Contains "Wichita The Air Capital," The Swallow Airplane Company, promotional booklet, color printed.
Box 1 FF 20 Publications. Contains "Taxi Strip Wichita Issue," Vol. 2, No. 8, June 1935, Taxi Strip, Oklahoma City, OK, magazine, color and black and white printed, 2 copies.
Box 1 FF 21 Publications. Contains airplane sales brochures: "The Cain Sport," printed and "Irwin Meteorplane," printed.
Series 6 continues with Box 2 FF11
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Box 2 FF 1 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains pasted-in photos of engineering tests photo of Swallow logo, pasted-in photos of Swallow model C airplane and details of same airplane, pasted-in clippings on Swallow airplane, pasted-in E. B. Christopher obituaries, 1937, plane crash articles from Wichita Eagle, Beacon, Los Angeles Examiner and Los Angeles Herald Express, 1937, pasted-in photo of Christopher funeral, 1937.
Box 2 FF 2 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose items from scrapbook in FF1: "The New Swallow Coupe," four page color sales brochure; sketch on vellum, unknown subject; clipping from "Western Flyer" magazine, pasted to paper; "The Swallow Airplane" sales brochure.
Box 2 FF 3 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose items from scrapbook in FF1: "The Start of Commercial Aviation," photocopy, AOPA Pilot Magazine, March 1976; letter to postmaster from Mr. Bloomfield, March 30, 1976; first day of issue, canceled stamp on envelope; newspaper clipping from April 7, 1976 Seattle Post; newspaper clipping from June 2, 1976 Chicago Intelligencier; newspaper clipping from June 6, 1976 Daily Enterprise; newspaper clipping from June 10, 1976 Philadelphia Inquirer; USPS Stamp poster 76-7 "Commercial Aviation Commemorative Stamp," 2 copies; "Commercial Aviation," one sheet of 13 stamps.
Box 2 FF 4 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose newspaper clippings from scrapbook in FF1: Wichita Eagle, Wichita Beacon, Kansas City Journal, Wyoming Press and others unknown, 1930-1941; articles relevant to aviation, Swallow and E. B. Christopher.
Box 2 FF 5 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose material from scrapbook in FF1: "Formblatter zur Berechnug der Polare und der statischen Stabilitat fur einen normalen Doppeldecker Musterbeispiel," [Formulas for Calculation of Polars and Static Stability for a Normal Biplane] 19 pages, blueprint, German, hand printed and hand drawn sketches and graphs; "Deutsche Reichsbahn Gesellschaft," folded blueprint, German, hand printed and hand drawn, 1927.
Box 2 FF 6 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose photographs from scrapbook in FF1: photographs of a line of people; photographs of airplanes, people in front, all in front of hangar, old Wichita Municipal Airport (by Edgar Smith).
Box 2 FF 7 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose photographs from scrapbook in FF1: photographs of Swallow factory (one retouched), (915-917 E. Lincoln, Wichita); photographs of people in front of Swallow factory.
Box 2 FF 8 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose photographs from scrapbook in FF1: photographs of airplanes under construction; photographs of unknown subject, may be from some type of engineering test.
Box 2 FF 9 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose photographs from scrapbook in FF1: photographs of unknown people on street, 2 copies.
Box 2 FF 10 Scrapbook and Contents. Contains loose photographs from scrapbook in FF1: photograph of E. B. Christopher airplane; photograph of E. B. Christopher with airplane; photograph of unknown person with Laird Swallow (may be Matty Laird).
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(Continuation of Series 6)
Box 2 FF 11 Publications. Contains Western Flying magazine, March 1937 and Western Flying special editions, May 1935.
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Box 3 University Notebooks. Contains 95 university notebooks, journal ledger, by Mr. Bloomfield, from various subjects, from the University of Frankenhausen, Germany, 1926 to 1929. Many have loose inserts of blueprints, printed material and drawn graphs. Manuscript, drawings, pen and ink and colored pencil, German.
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