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Museum of Flight Foundation (Seattle, WA 98108-4097)
Nicole Davis (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Processing the William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Papers

The arrangement, description, cataloging, and selected digitization of 170 cubic feet of archival materials and 260 objects from the William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Collection, including correspondence, photographs, model planes, invention prototypes, and 33 audio recordings and 18 films related to groundbreaking discoveries in aviation and radio that span the twentieth century.

The Museum of Flight's project to arrange and describe the papers of William P. and Moya Olsen Lear will create accessibility to this collection documenting the business ventures of one of the U.S.’s most prolific inventors. 170 cubic feet of archival material spanning the 1920s-1995 will be arranged and described, culminating in the creation of a new publicly accessible finding aid. Approximately 5,000 scans of unique items in the collection, including correspondence, photographs, patent documents, and other business materials will be made available online. In addition, approximately 260 artifacts such as model planes and invention prototypes will be cataloged and photographed and 33 audio recordings and 18 films will be preserved and digitized. The collection will serve as a unique scholarly resource that illustrates ventures in not only aviation history but navigation, radio, motors, and more.

Project fields:
History of Science

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$236,824 (approved)
$236,824 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022