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Pilatre to Etienne, 1784 July 30
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of the working papers--a collection of photographs and photocopies of original documents primarily in the Musée de L'Air (Paris), the Montgolfier family archives, and the Archives de l'Ardèche (Privas)--used by Gillispie while researching his book The Montgolfier Brothers and the Invention of Aviation, 1783-1784 (1983). The book deals with the invention of the balloon as a means of flight and the subsequent inventions and technological developments in combustion and steam engines, locomotives and railroads, bridge-building, and the start of aviation.
Included are copies of correspondence (ca. 1779-1798) of the Montgolfier brothers, Jacques-Etienne and Joseph-Michel, concerning their balloon flights and other inventions, as well as documents about the family's papermaking business. Also present are copies of documents and correspondence relating to the 19th-century engineering firm of Freres Sequin, who furthered industrial development in France. (The Montgolfier and Sequin families are related by marriage.) There are copies of works by Marc Sequin (1786-1875) on bridge-building and engines, and a biography, Marc Sequin, by P. E. Marchal.
In addition, there are miscellaneous notes and correspondence of Gillispie on the history of aviation, printed matter, and a few photographs of a Montgolfier descendant riding in a hot air balloon on her wedding day in 1979.
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Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Photocopying is not permitted. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Pilatre to Etienne; Charles Coulston Gillispie Collection, C0696, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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