ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT


February 2013

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


CONTENTS


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Internet Resources


NOVA: Wright Brothers' Flying Machine. 
Available online at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/wright/
Companion website to the PBS NOVA program.

Renstrom, Arthur George.  Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Reissue of a Chronology Commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Orville Wright, August 19, 1871.  Washington, US Centennial of Flight Commission and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2003.
Available online at: http://history.nasa.gov/monograph32.pdf

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  The Wright Brothers: The Invention of the Aerial Age. 
Available online at: http://airandspace.si.edu/wrightbrothers/index_full.cfm
Online exhibition "celebrates the centennial of the Wright brothers' historic flights." -- Website.

Wein, Bibi.  Orville and Wilbur Wright: Twelve Seconds That Changed the World.  Biography  5:88-92+  March 2001.
Available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=4110307&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Wicks, Frank.  First Flights.  Mechanical Engineering  122:60-65  July 2000.
Available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=3300857&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress.  Washington, Library of Congress, 2003.
Available online at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wrighthtml/
Includes correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, and other documents, as well as the Wrights’ collection of glass-plate photographic negatives.

Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Bibliography Commemorating the One-Hundredth Anniversary of the First Powered Flight, December 17, 1903, compiled by Arthur G. Renstrom and others.  Washington, US Centennial of Flight Commission and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2002.  144 p.
Available online at: http://history.nasa.gov/monograph27.pdf
Revised and updated edition of Renstrom's 1968 bibliography.


Books


Adams, Noah.  The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright.  New York, Crown Publishers, 2003.  221 p.
Book call no.: 629.1300922 A216f

Anderson, John David.  Inventing Flight: The Wright Brothers and Their Predecessors.  Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.  176 p.
Chapter Five: Technology: Collecting Data, pp 89-111. 
Chapter Six: Technology: Further Trials, pp 112-129. 
Chapter Seven: Technology: A Working Aircraft, pp 130-152.
Book call no.: 629.13009 A547i

Brunsman, Charlotte K. and Brunsman, August E.  Wright & Wright, Printers: The "Other" Career of Wilbur and Orville.  Kettering, OH, Trailside Press, 1989.  19 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952b

Burton, Walt and Findsen, Owen.  The Wright Brothers Legacy: Orville and Wilbur Wright and Their Aeroplanes.  New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2003.  224 p.
Book call no.: R 629.1300922 B974w

Combs, Harry and Caidin, Martin.  Kill Devil Hill: Discovering the Secret of the Wright Brothers.  Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1979.  389 p.
Book call no.: 926.2913 C731k

Crouch, Tom D.  The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright.  New York, W.W. Norton, 1989.  606 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952c

Crouch, Tom D.  First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane.  Washington, The Division of Publications, Harpers Ferry Center National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2002.  116 p.
Book call no.: 629.130092 C952f

Crouch, Tom D. and Jakab, Peter L.  The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age.  Washington, National Geographic Society, 2003.  240 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952ca

Culick, Fred E. C. and Dunmore, Spencer.  On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight.  New York, Hyperion, 2001.  176 p.
Book call no.: 629.130092 C967o

Freudenthal, Elsbeth Estelle.  Flight Into History: The Wright Brothers and the Air Age.  Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma Press, 1949.  268 p.
Book call no.: 629.130973 F889f

Geibert, Ron and Nolan, Patrick B.  Kitty Hawk and Beyond: The Wright Brothers and the Early Years of Aviation: A Photographic History.  Dayton, OH, Wright State University Press, 1990.  158 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952g

Goddard, Stephen B.  Race to the Sky: The Wright Brothers Versus the United States Government.  Jefferson, NC, McFarland, 2003.  222 p.
Book call no.: 629.130072073 G578r

Heppenheimer, T. A.  First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane.  Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, 2003.  394 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952h

Howard, Fred.  Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers.  New York, Knopf, 1987.  530 p.
Book call no.: 926.2913 H848w

Jacobs, Anne Marguerite.  Knights of the Wing.  New York, The Century Co., 1928.  240 p.
With introductory note by Orville Wright.
Book call no.: 629.13 J17k

Jakab, Peter L.  Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention.  Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.  263 p.
Book call no.: 629.1300922 J25v

Kelly, Fred C.  The Wright Brothers: A Biography Authorized by Orville Wright.  New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.  340 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952k

Kirk, Stephen.  First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina.  Winston-Salem, NC, J.F. Blair, 1995.  341 p.
Book call no.: 629.13 K59f

McMahon, John R.  The Wright Brothers, Fathers of Flight.  Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1930.  308 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952m

Meynell, Laurence.  First Men to Fly.  London, W. Laurie, 1955.  158 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952me

Miracle at Kitty Hawk: The Letters of Wilbur and Orville Wright, edited by Fred C. Kelly.  New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951.  482 p.
Book call no.: 926.29 W954m

The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, Including the Chanute-Wright Letters and Other Papers of Octave Chanute, edited by Marvin W. McFarland.  New York, McGraw-Hill, 1953.  2 vols.
Book call no.: 92 W952p

Photographs by the Wright Brothers: Prints From the Glass Negatives in the Library of Congress: A Micropublication Commemorating the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the First Flight by the Wright Brothers, December 17, 1903.  Washington, Library of Congress, 1978.  20 p.
Reproduced from the collection in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.
Book call no.: 629.1309 W954p

The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright, edited by Peter L. Jakab and Rick Young.  Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000.  316 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952pa

Reconsidering a Century of Flight, edited by Roger D. Launius and Janet R. Daly Bednarek.  Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Press, 2003.  300 p.
Chapter 2, The Wright Brothers: Government Support for Aeronautical Research and the Evolution of Flight, by Roger D. Launius, pp 50-69. 
Chapter 7, The Wright Brothers and the US Army Signal Corps, 1905-1915, by A. Timothy Warnock, pp 153-167.
Book call no.: 629.1300973 R311

Renstrom, Arthur George.  Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Chronology Commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Orville Wright, August 19, 1871.  Washington, Library of Congress, 1975.  234 p.
Book call no.: 629.13 R421w

Root, A. I.  The First Published Account of the Wright Brothers Flight.  Medina, OH, A.I. Root Co., 1905.  1 vol.
Located in Fairchild Special Collection: In library use only: Ask at Circulation Desk.
Book call no.: 629.1309 R782f

Tise, Larry E.  Conquering the Sky: The Secret Flights of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.  New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.  256 p.
Book call no.: 629.130092 T613c

Tobin, James.  To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight.  New York, Free Press, 2003.  433 p.
Book call no.: 629.1300922 T629t

Walsh, John Evangelist.  One Day at Kitty Hawk: The Untold Story of the Wright Brothers and the Airplane.  New York, Crowell, 1975.  305 p.
Book call no.: 629.1309 W225o

Wescott, Lynanne and Degen, Paula.  Wind and Sand: The Story of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.  New York, H.N. Abrams, 1983.  189 p.
Book call no.: 629.1309 W511w

Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Bibliography Commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Wilbur Wright, April 16, 1867, compiled by Arthur G. Renstrom.  Washington, Library of Congress, 1968.  187 p.
Revision and expansion of the bibliography published in 1953 as part of The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, edited by Marvin W. McFarland.
Book call no.: 016.629133 R421w

Wilbur & Orville Wright, Pictorial Materials: A Documentary Guide, compiled by Arthur G. Renstrom.  Washington, Library of Congress, 1982.  200 p.
Comprehensive bibliography of sources for more than 1,600 photographs; includes some works of art, cartoons and audiovisual materials as well.
Book call no.: 016.62913 R421w

Wilbur Wright's Flights in France: Leon Bollee's Photographic Record, 1908-1909, edited by Stanley W. Kandebo and Dawne Dewey.  New York, McGraw-Hill, 2003.  75 p.
Book call no.: 629.130092 B691w

Winged Crusade: The Quest for American Aerospace Power, compiled by Elwood L. White.  United States Air Force Academy, CO, USAF Library, 2003.  75 p.
Bibliography compiled in support of the 20th Triennial Military History Symposium, United States Air Force Academy, October 2003.  The Wright Brothers, pp 15-21.
Book call no.: 016.62913 W583w

The Wright Brothers: Heirs of Prometheus, edited by Richard P. Hallion.  Washington, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1978.  146 p.
Book call no.: 629.13 W947

Wright, Orville.  How We Invented the Airplane, edited by Fred C. Kelly.  New York, McKay, 1953.  78 p.
Book call no.: 629.13334 W952h

Young, Rosamond McPherson and Fitzgerald, Catharine.  Twelve Seconds to the Moon: A Story of the Wright Brothers.  2nd ed. Dayton, OH, United States Air Force Museum Foundation, 1983.  199 p.
Book call no.: 92 W952y


Periodicals


Allen, Catherine Wallace.  Wright Military Training at College Park in 1909.  Air Power History  49:12-21  Winter 2002.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=8581305&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Boyne, Walter J.  The First Family of Flight.  American History  38:32-40  February 2004.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=11506413&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Breaking the Ground Barrier.  Air & Space Smithsonian  1:104-106  February-March 1987.

Callander, Bruce D.  Critical Twist (Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss' Dispute Over Wing-Warping).  Air Force Magazine  72:150-152+  September 1989.

Carr, Eve.  Where the Wright Brothers Soared.  World & I  18:102-111  April 2003.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=9425865&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Chenoweth, David R.  Testing the Military Flyer at Fort Myer, 1908-1909.  Over the Front  18:4-12  Spring 2003.

Collins, Mary.  'I Have Today Seen Wilbur Wright and His Great White Bird.'  Air & Space Smithsonian  17:46-51  February-March 2003.

Combs, Harry and Caidin, Martin.  The Air Age Was Now.  American Heritage  31:45-60  December 1979.

Construction of the Wright Airplane.  Scientific American  99:208-210  September 26, 1908.

Cook, Kevin L.  The Army Buys an Airplane.  MHQ: Quarterly Journal of Military History  16:66-75  Winter 2004.

Crouch, Tom D.  The First Season at Kitty Hawk.  American Heritage  39:94-105  April 1988.

Crouch, Tom D.  Kill Devil Hills, 17 December 1903.  Technology & Culture  40:595-598  July 1999.

Crouch, Tom D.  "A Machine of Practical Utility".  American Heritage  59:68-69  Winter 2010.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=47035180&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Culick, F. E. C.  Origins of the First Powered, Man-Carrying Plane.  Scientific American  24:86-89+  July 1979.

De Syon, Guillaume.  Faded Memories: The Wright Brothers and Germany, 1909-1913.  Over the Front  18:45-51  Spring 2003.

Dickin, George.  Eyewitness Report: From the Right Seat of the Wright Flyer.  Flying  116:82-86  October 1989.

Eckhardt, George H.  Work Sheets of the Wright Brothers.  Science Digest  50:7-12  October 1961.

Ennels, Jerome A.  The 'Wright Stuff': Pilot Training at America's First Civilian Flying School.  Air Power History  49:22-31  Winter 2002.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=8581309&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Fortier, Renald.  The Wright Brothers & France: 1908-1909--An Illustrious Year.  Over the Front  18:31-44  Spring 2003.

Gates, Bill.  The Wright Brothers.  Time  153:70-73  March 29, 1999.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=1658735&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Geibert, Ron.  The Wright Brothers -- Engineers/Photographers.  American Aviation Historical Society Journal  29:310-313  Winter 1984.
Photographs by the Wright brothers.

Gibbs-Smith, Charles H.  How Wilbur Wright Taught Europe to Fly.  American Heritage  11:60-63+  February 1960.

Gibbs-Smith, Charles H.  The Wright Brothers: The Family Background.  History Today  24:128-134  February 1974.

Glines, C. V.  The Promise of Flight Fulfilled.  Aviation History  14:26-32+  November 2003.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=10759929&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Gollin, Alfred.  The Wright Brothers and the British Authorities, 1902-1909.  English Historical Review  95:293-320  April 1980.

Grant, Rebecca.  Dawn at Kill Devil Hill.  Air Force Magazine  86:22-28  December 2003.
Also available online at: http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2003/December%202003/1203dawn.aspx

Grant, Rebecca.  The First Military Airplane.  Air Force Magazine  87:74-79  April 2004.
Also available online at: http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2004/April%202004/0404flyer.aspx

Grier, Peter.  Jewel of the Air.  Air Force Magazine  86:72-78  September 2003.
Also available online at: http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2003/September%202003/0903jewel.aspx

Johnson, Robert E.  The Race from 'Point Zero': Curtiss vs. Wright.  American Aviation Historical Society Journal  28:82-92  Summer 1983.

Johnston, Robert B.  The Wrights--The First Aeronautical Engineers.  American Aviation Historical Society Journal  23:300-309  Winter 1978.

Kandebo, Stanley W.  Witnesses to Flight: Aviation Achievements of the Wrights Described in Recently Discovered Letters Written by their Contemporaries.  Over the Front  18:52-59  Spring 2003.

Kandebo, Stanley W.  The Wright Brothers and the Birth of an Industry: A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Manned, Controlled, Sustained, Powered, Heavier-Than-Air Flight.  Aviation Week & Space Technology  157:17-21  December 30, 2002.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=8934243&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Kelly, Fred C.  How the Wright Brothers Began.  Harper's Magazine  179:473-484  October 1939.

Kelly, Fred C.  They Wouldn't Believe the Wrights Had Flown: A Study in Human Incredulity.  Harper's Magazine  181:286-300  August 1940.

Kinkade, Mark.  Slipping the Surly Bonds.  Airman  46:2-9  December 2002.
"Focuses on the launching of the first powered flight, a glider by Orville and Wilbur Wright." -- Abstract.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=8868338&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Langewiesche, Wolfgang.  What the Wrights Really Invented.  Harper's Magazine  200:102-105  June 1950.

Little, Charles.  Appointment at Big Kill Devil Hill.  Air & Space Smithsonian  2:60-68  August-September 1987.

McIntyre, Doug.  Odyssey of the Flyer.  American History Illustrated  28:44-49  January-February 1994.
"Describes the roundabout way that Wilbur and Orville Wright's 1903 'Flyer' came to be installed in the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, 45 years after the Wright brothers made their first powered flight." -- Abstract.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=9312227546&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

McIntyre, Doug.  Wings for Man.  American History Illustrated  28:30-43+  January-February 1994.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=9312227540&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Miller, Ivonette.  Orville and Wilbur Wright: An Intimate Memoir.  Antioch Review  34:441-452  Summer 1976.
Memoir of Ivonette Wright Miller, niece to Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Mohler, Stanley R.  Human Factors of Power Flight: The Wright Brothers' Contributions.  Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine  75:184-188  February 2004.

Regan, Timothy F., Jr.  In 1908, Army Aeronautical Expert Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge Became the First Victim of Powered Flight.  Aviation History  9:14+  May 1999.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=1710079&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Sandford, John.  The First Aerial Canoe: Wilbur Wright and the Hudson-Fulton Flights.  Over the Front  18:24-30  Spring 2003.

Schlenoff, Daniel C.  The Equivocal Success of the Wright Brothers.  Scientific American  289:94-97  December 2003.

Scott, Phil.  Wright vs. Curtiss (Cont'd).  Air & Space Smithsonian  12:66-71  June-July 1997.

Smith, Richard K.  Not a Success -- But a Triumph: 80 Years Since Kitty Hawk.  Naval War College Review  36:4-20  November-December 1983.
Also available online at: http://www.usnwc.edu/NavalWarCollegeReviewArchives/1980s/1983%20November-December.pdf

Wallace, Lane.  December 18, 1903: The Morning and Era After.  Flying  130:64-66+  December 2003.

Warnock, A. Timothy.  From Infant Technology to Obsolescence: The Wright Brothers' Airplane in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1905-1915.  Air Power History  49:46-57  Winter 2002.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=8581329&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=airuniv

Wright, Orville.  How We Made the First Flight Ten Years Ago.  Flying  2:10-12+  December 1913.


Multimedia


Adams, Noah.  The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright.  Santa Ana, CA, Books on Tape, 2003.  5 discs, 360 min.
CD-Rom call no.: 629.130092 A216fa

Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention.  United States, David Garrigus, 2003.  2 videodiscs, 115 min.
Portraying the voices of the Wright brothers: Neil Armstrong as Orville Wright, John Glenn as Wilbur Wright.
DVD call no.: 629.130092 K62

Legends of Airpower.  Arlington, VA, 3 Roads Communications, 2001.  3 videocassettes, 360 min.
Wright Brothers are included on Volume 3.
Video call no.: 629.13092 L5112 v. 3

Wright Brothers: First in Flight.  Silver Spring, MD, Discovery Communications, 2003.  1 DVD, 130 min.
DVD call no.: 629.1300922 W947

Wright Brothers Historic Aeronautical Photographs From the Archives of the Dunbar Library at Wright State University.  Dayton, OH, Wright State University; Visual Information, Inc., 1997-1999.  1 CD-ROM.
"Photographs and ephemera [nearly 1,650 photographs and images of the Wright Brothers' flights and of their lives] from the Wright State University Libraries' Wright Brothers Collection.  The collection includes original prints taken by the Wrights to document their early flying experiments, photographs of the Wright family, and flying exhibitions in the United States and Europe."--Opening screen.
CD-Rom call no.: 629.130092 W947

Wright Stuff: The Life of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  Boston, WGBH Boston Video, 2003.  1 DVD, 60 min.
Originally broadcast as a segment of series The American Experience.
Video call no.: 629.130092 W947



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