Earhart, Amelia (1897-1937) to Neta Snook Southern
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07243.001
Author/Creator: Earhart, Amelia (1897-1937)
Place Written: New York, New York
Type: Typed letter signed
Date: 26 January 1929
Pagination: 1 p. ; 26.5 x 18.5 cm.
Summary of Content: Typed on ”Hearst’s International” letterhead. Writing as aviation editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine, Earhart reminisces the days when she flew with Snook Southern.
Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties
Background: Earhart was aviation editor at Cosmopolitan and was responsible for writing about the popularity and trends of aviation. In addition, she was involved in co-founding the ”Ninety Nines”, an organization established to nurture and support women pilots which is still active today. Though she was modest about her accomplishments, Earhart was a celebrated icon of her time. When she returned from record-breaking flights, parades were thrown in her honor and large crowds came to greet their ”Lady Lindy”. Her career was full of ”firsts” for women, including being the first woman passenger on a transatlantic flight and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She also had the honor of being the first woman recipient of the flying cross. Her greatest feat became her last adventure as she set out to become the first woman and pilot to fly around the world at the equator for a total distance of 27,000 miles in the summer of 1937. Nearly completing her flight, Earhart and her navigator Frederick Noonan disappeared on July 2, 1937 without a trace.Order Image