Biography and History

Charles A. Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan. He became an American hero after flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1929 he married Anne Morrow, and together they spent many years under close public scrutiny. Eventually the pressures of fame, including the kidnapping and murder of their first son, led the Lindberghs to move to England. They returned to the United States as World War II approached. Around this time Lindbergh adopted controversial and quite public political opinions. Though not in support of either Nazi-ism or Hitler, he did promote a more isolationist American policy. However, after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh changed his mind and assisted the United States Air Force in the South Pacific. Although his public image never recovered from the controversy surrounding World War II, he remains a cultural icon. He passed away on August 26, 1974.

Biography of Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born on June 22, 1906, in New Jersey. Although shy and quiet as a youth, Anne Lindbergh attracted the attentions of Charles A. Lindbergh and married him. He taught her how to fly, and she eventually got a pilot's license and became his co-pilot. After living in England for a while, Anne moved back to America and, after her husband's death, published some of her diaries. She passed away on February 7, 2001.

Source: From the finding aid for C0697

  • Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Papers. 1940-1958 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0697

    Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh were a famous twentieth-century aviation couple. The papers consist of manuscripts of Charles's A Letter to Americans and Anne's The Wave of the Future, A Confession of Faith, with related correspondence.