Arthur Ransom Aviation Collection

Collection Summary

Title: Arthur Ransom Aviation Collection
Call Number: MS 95-28
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum
Processed by: JEO, 6-19-1995; JEF, 7-13-1998; MN, 11-2012
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

A former Army Air Force lieutenant, Arthur Ransom was involved in aviation beginning with World War I. This collection contains a scrapbook that documents his career through clippings, publications, photographs and promotional literature. Ransom and his company, Seaboard Aircraft Corporation, had business connections with several aircraft corporations including Mohawk, Lockheed, Curtiss, and Doyle among others. One of Mohawk’s commercial-use monoplanes, the Pinto, was distributed by Ransom’s company.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1   Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings, publications, photographs, promotional materials and other items regarding aviation pertaining to the career of Arthur Ransom. The first section of the scrapbook includes newspaper clippings mainly about the “Mohawk Pinto,” a monoplane manufactured for commercial use. Some of the articles, including those in the New York Telegram magazine, describe the creation of the Pinto and its performance in flight. Ransom’s company, Seaboard Aircraft Corporation, was chosen as the distributor for the Mohawk Aircraft Corporation and would distribute the “Pinto” and other aircraft. Additional clippings describe Ransom in his role as Army Air Force Lieutenant, promotion of aircraft for commercial use, including larger aircraft, Lockheed and Curtiss airplanes, showings of the Mohawk “Pinto” by the Seaboard Aircraft Corporation, and a visit by Charles Lindbergh. Advertisements for the Seaboard Aircraft Corporation and the Mohawk “Pinto,” clipped from newspapers and aviation magazines, are included in the clippings section of the scrapbook. Another section of the scrapbook includes numerous photographs of various airplanes and people.