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Gale Chronicles the Evolution of Flight with New Digital Archive of Aviation History

Posted Jun 23, 2015
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Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has launched Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991, a new digital archive in its Smithsonian Collections Online series. The archive brings together images, diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, government documents and other primary source materials – many of which have only been available by special request – to provide the “story behind the story” of humankind’s desire to fly.

Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991 brings together over 1 million pages of material in several languages from the National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution Archives and the National Air and Space Museum Library, Smithsonian Libraries. It sketches the lives and contributions of aviation's pioneers, scientists, promoters, businessmen, barnstormers, racers, designers and manufacturers and aces (from World War I to Iraq). It is a treasure trove of images, personal papers and commemorative memorabilia. Topics covered include the first theories and experiments of early flight, inventions, air races, the fighter pilot, African Americans and aviation, women and aviation, the evolution of aerial weaponry, navigational technology, landmark altitude and long-distance flights, Germany’s WWII jet program, the Cold War aviation race and America's current air fleet.

The archive is available on the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform giving researchers the ability to cross-search with other digital archives and access to graphing and search visualization tools that will help them explore the content in new ways. Instructors using MindTap, Cengage Learning’s e-learning platform, can integrate materials from Evolution of Flight directly into readings, quizzes, research projects, classroom discussions or other activities, driving collaboration between the library and classroom.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, or

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