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Margaret Keyser Early Aviation Photograph Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1991-07-26
The Margaret Keyser Early Aviation Photograph Collection includes approximately 70 black-and-white photographs of assorted aircraft, 1918-1940 (bulk dates 1920s-1930s). Sizes range from 3x5" to 16x20" and many images include brief captions that provide contextual information, such as aircraft model, location, or date. A sample of identified aircraft includes the Boeing P-12E, Curtiss O-1 Falcon, Douglas B-23, Keystone Bomber, and Thomas-Morse O-19. There are also several shots of airships, including the Graf Zeppelin, the U.S.S. Akron, Los Angeles, and Shenandoah, as well as some close-up shots of the engine pods for the airships. The bulk of the shots feature aircraft on the ground or in the air, although a few shots depict military personnel, including parachutists in action and soldiers in formation, and aerial shots of bases with parked aircraft. Identified bases include McCook Field, Ohio and Roosevelt Field, New Jersey.


  • 1918-1940
  • Majority of material found within 1920s-1930s

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


2.0 Cubic Feet (2 oversize flat boxes)

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Margaret Keyser in memory of Lt. Colonel William E. Keyser, USAF. The exact connection between Margaret and William is not known, but it is probable they were family. Lt. Colonel Keyser's connection to the collection is unknown.

Processing Information

All phtoographs have been placed in protective sleeves.
Guide to the Margaret Keyser Early Aviation Photograph Collection
Completed - Level 1
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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