Guide to the Edgar Staley Gorrell Writings, 1933-1941
Norwich University Archives
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Northfield, VT 05663
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Summary Creator Gorrell, Edgar S. (Edgar Staley), 1891- Title Edgar Staley Gorrell Writings Dates 1933-1941 Extent 3 Files About the Collection The collection consists primarily of writings and addresses by Edgar Staley Gorrell between 193
3 and 1941. A complete content listing of files can be found below.
About Edgar S. Gorrell
Edgar S. Gorrell (1891-1945) was a member of the Norwich University Board of Trustees from 1935-1942, during which time he also served on the administrative committee of the James Jackson Cabot Aviation Foundation. He was awarded an honorary master of military science degree from Norwich in 1937. Gorrell graduated from West Point in 1912. Five years later, he was recalled from an assignment at MIT to serve under the Army’s chief signal officer in formulating plans for America’s participation in WWI. He was sent to Europe by the Secretary of War as a member of the Bolling Mission, which made recommendations for engineering and production phases of U.S. aerial activities. General Pershing ordered Edgar Gorrell to remain on duty in France as chief engineer of the A.E.F. air service. When he had laid the fundamental plans for the American Air Force, he was made chief of staff of the air service by General Pershing and was in charge of directing aerial strategy for the air force he helped to create and plan. Following the war, Gorrell became president of the Air Transport Association of America. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Edgar Staley Gorrell
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Gorrell, Edgar S. (Edgar Staley), 1891-
Aeronautics -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, American.
United States. -- Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938.
Military operations, Aerial -- American.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edgar Staley Gorrell Writings, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Copy of article from U.S. Air Services publication by Edgar Gorrell, “History of Air Corps Insignia,” February 1933. Edgar Staley Gorrell Writings, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 3 Files Collection Location: Archives 501. Small Collections — Other Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
By Edgar S. Gorrell History of the Air Corps insignia. U.S.Air Services, February 1933 American’s First World War appropriation. U.S. Air Services, May 1933 Current trends in air transportation. The Technology Review, July 1936 Air transport in foreign commerce. National Foreign Trade Council, November 1936 Untitled address delivered at Transportation Conference held by Boston Chamber of Commerce, January 1937 Letter to Time, Inc, on the question of using parachutes on commercial flights, February 1937 Standing on the threshold of a profession. Commencement address, Norwich University, June 1937 (in Commencement File, 1937) America’s national policy on aeronautics. Address, Western Aviation Planning Conference, September 1937 Rationalization of air transport. Address, National Association of State Aviation Officials, December 1937 Will history repeat itself? Address, First National Aviation Planning Conference, January 1938 Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 & the air carrier traffic man. Address, Conference of Air Line Traffic Men, July 1938 Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 & the private flier. Address, Air Line Engineering & Maintenance Conference, July 1938 Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 and the air line feeder. Address, National Airmail Feeder Conference, October 1938 Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 & democratic government. Address, National Association of State Aviation Officials, October 1938 Civil Aeronautics Act of 19938 & self government in industry. Address, National Aeronautic Association, January 1939 Shall air transport be stifled? Address, National Aviation Forum, February 1939 Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 and the postal service. Address, Young Men’s Business Club, March 1939 Shall America’s aviation set the pace? Address, National Petroleum Association, April 1939 Progress ratified; lethargy rejected. Address, Dedication of the Civil Aeronautics Authority’s Experimental Station, May 1939 Civil aeronautics authority: a successful agency of government. Address, Southwest Chamber of Commerce Secretaries’ School. July 1939 Untitled address delivered at the dedication of the North Beach Airport at New York City, October 1939 What! No airplanes? Address, National Association of State Aviation Officials, October 1940 The counsel of errors: World War I twenty years after. Address, Virginia Military Institute, February 1941 An American proposal for strategic bombing in World War I in Air Power Historian, Volume 5, No. 2 (April 1958), pp. 102-117 About Edgar S. Gorrell Colonel Gorrell and his nearly forgotten records, by Marvin L. Skelton. Journal of World War I Aviation Historians, Volume 5, No. 1 (Spring 1990), pp.56-71.
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