The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress document the lives of the Wright Brothers and their work to develop the first powered and controlled aircraft. Included within this collection are their scrapbooks, images of their activities, diaries, drawings and letters from a variety of people including their mentor Octave Chanute, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Alexander Graham Bell.
These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
- "The Belief that Flight is Possible to Man"
- Collection Highlights
- Photography and the Wright Brothers
- Wilbur and Orville Wright Timeline
- Wright Family Tree
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
Related Collections and Exhibits
- Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress
- Samuel Morse Papers at the Library of Congress
Recommended additional sources of information.
Specific guidance for searching this collection
For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.