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South Asia: Manuscripts and Archives: Charles Lindbergh

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"Maps of India." Box 469, Folders 122-128. Charles Lindbergh (MS 325). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Map of Rajputana. Note at top reads: "Beautiful deserted city & palaces all built of pink sandstone"


About the Lindbergh Collection

Excerpted from Charles Lindbergh (MS 325) Finding Aid:

"Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902 Feb 4-1974 Aug 26), aviator, author, biologist, and engineer, was the son of Charles August Lindbergh, a lawyer and congressman, and Evangeline Lodge Land, a science teacher whose father was Dr. Charles Land, a dentist and inventor. Born in Detroit, Lindbergh grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota, and Washington, DC. After studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin for three semesters, he left in1922 to become an airplane pilot and barnstormer. In 1925 he graduated first in his class from the United States Army Air Service Flying School and became chief pilot of the new airmail line from St. Louis to Chicago.

In the 1930s Lindbergh became a biomedical engineer with Dr. Alexis Carrel at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University) and invented the perfusion pump, a prototype of the artificial heart, documented in their book, The Culture of Organs. To protect their son Jon from unwelcome press attention, the Lindberghs moved to England in 1935 and in 1938 to France to live near Carrel. At the request of the American Embassy in Germany, Lindbergh made five trips from 1936 to 1938 to evaluate German air power for the U.S. State Department. The Lindbergh family returned to the United States in 1939."

In 1937, Lindbergh flew to India with Anne.

This collection has been partially digitized.

Lindbergh Collection - Highlights

BOX 459, FOLDER 42-47: Weather report from 20 February 1937. Indian Meterological Department (Karachi).

BOX 459, FOLDER 42-47: Persian Empire Customs form; also a clean bill of health from the Quarantine Service.

BOX 458, FOLDER 35-41: Correspondence and fan mail.

"If ever you are in Melbourne, my wife and I would be only too pleased to make you welcome. We live very quietly and you would be able to do exactly as you wish in our home."  Bombay, 25th Feb. 1937

Librarian for South Asian Studies