MS 48 Edward L. Leiser Aviation Collection

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Leiser, Edward L.
Title
Edward L. Leiser Aviation Collection
ID
MS 48
Date [inclusive]
1883-1934
Extent
2.25 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains 25 spiral-bound books by Edward L. Leiser detailing the day-to-day events in aviation history of San Diego, California, between 1883 and 1934.

Preferred Citation

Edward L. Leiser Aviation Collection, MS 48, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Between the early 1990s and 2003, Edward L. Leiser composed over twenty-five volumes detailing San Diego’s rich history in aviation. He theorized that aviation began in San Diego with John Montgomery’s man-carrying glider in 1883. Leiser documented the activities of many San Diegan pilots following John Montgomery and all their trials, accidents, and record achievements. Also documented are the beginnings of the North Island Naval Base, the Army Aviation School, and the Aero Club of America, as well as air shows, trouble with the Wright brothers, and aviation activity during WWI.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains 25 spiral-bound books by Edward L. Leiser detailing the day-to-day events in aviation history of San Diego, California, between 1883 and 1934. The books are composed of narratives plus copies of advertisements, illustrations, photographs, and maps. Book twelve, volume two, part one contains information on female pilots. Note: Books Fourteen (1931) and Sixteen (1933) are missing from the collection.

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Arrangement

The volumes are arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection February 15, 2017

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego Historical Society does NOT hold the copyright to this material and is NOT able to grant reproductions rights. The original manuscripts are at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Copies can only be made for research purposes.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Laura McMahon on January 8, 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Aero Club of America.
  • Airtech School of Aviation.
  • Army Aviation School.
  • B.F. Mahoney Aircraft Corporation.
  • Curtiss Aviation School — North Island– Coronado.
  • Lindbergh Field – San Diego International Airport.
  • Ryan Airlines.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Naval Air Station North Island (Calif.)
  • Rockwell Field
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Crosson, Marvel, -1929
  • Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
  • Montgomery, John J. (John Joseph), 1858-1911
  • Ryan, Tubal Claude, 1898-1982
  • Wallace, Peaches
  • Walsh, Charles, 1877-1912

Subject(s)

  • Aeronautics
  • Air Pilots
  • United States. Army–Aviation
  • Women in aeronautics

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Collection Inventory

Box-folder
San Diego Flying Days Book One, 1883-19131:1
San Diego Flying Days Book Two, 1914-19151:2
San Diego Flying Days Book Three, 1916-19171:3
San Diego Flying Days Book Four, 1918-19191:4
San Diego Flying Days Book Five, 1920-19221:5
San Diego Flying Days Book Six, 19232:1
San Diego Flying Days Book Seven, 19242:2
San Diego Flying Days Book Eight, 19252:3
San Diego Flying Days Book Nine, 19262:4
San Diego Flying Days Book Ten Part I, 19272:5
San Diego Flying Days Book Ten Part II, 19273:1
San Diego Flying Days Book Eleven Vol. 1 Part I, 19283:2
San Diego Flying Days Book Eleven Vol. 1 Part II, 19283:3
San Diego Flying Days Book Eleven Vol. 1 Part III, 19283:4
San Diego Flying Days Book Eleven Vol. 2 Part I, 19283:5
San Diego Flying Days Book Eleven Vol. 2 Part II, 19283:6
San Diego Flying Days Book Twelve Vol. 1 Part I, 19293:7
San Diego Flying Days Book Twelve Vol. 1 Part II, 19294:1
San Diego Flying Days Book Twelve Vol. 2 Part I, 19294:2
San Diego Flying Days Book Twelve Vol. 2 Part II, 19294:3
San Diego Flying Days Book Thirteen Part I, 19304:4
San Diego Flying Days Book Thirteen Part II, 19304:5
San Diego Flying Days Book Thirteen, 19304:6
San Diego Flying Days Book Fifteen, 19325:1
San Diego Flying Days Book Seventeen, 19345:2

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