The Amelia Earhart papers offer a rare glimpse into the life of America's premier woman aviator. In 1928 she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. As an inspiration for women to pursue non-traditional roles, Purdue University President Edward C. Elliott invited Amelia Earhart to lecture at the university in 1934. Earhart joined the Purdue University staff as a women's career counselor in 1935. The Purdue Research Foundation funded the purchase of her Lockheed Electra 10E "flying laboratory" that she used in her ill-fated attempt to fly across the world at the equator in 1937. Earhart was on leave of absence from Purdue when she disappeared during this flight.
The online collection includes more than 3,500 scans of photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts relating to Earhart. Copies of the maps that were used on her last flight are available as well as photographs that she took while on the flight and mailed back to her husband. An interactive map of Earhart's flight is included on the web site. New additions include personal correspondence, her marriage license and her prenuptial agreement.
Access to the original collection is restricted to protect the fragile materials from frequent handling. Researchers are encouraged to use the digital collection found in Purdue's e-Archives.