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Douglas Aircraft Company photographs

The Douglas Aircraft Company photographs include 87 black and white images of airplanes, military transport aircraft, and airplane models produced by the company, circa 1953-1969.


  • 1938-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

The Douglas Aircraft Company photographs include 87 black and white images of commercial aircraft, military transport aircraft, and model airplanes manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, California, 1938-1969. The commercial aircraft images capture airplanes in flight, on tarmacs, and during passenger boarding. The military troop transport aircraft images capture US Air Force transport airplanes in flight, on tarmacs, and closeups of landing gear, cockpits, and military personnel boarding and unloading. The model airplane images include a small number of photographs taken of various views of planes.

Historical Note:

The Douglas Aircraft Company was founded by Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. in Santa Monica, Calif. in 1921. The company initially built aircraft bombers as a government contractor, but became widely popular with the introduction of their "DC" (Douglas Commercial) model aircraft. Many of these models were used for military troop transport. Douglas Aircraft merged with McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in 1967 but remained a wholly owned subsidiary of the company continuing to manufacture aircraft. The new firm McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing in 1997.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Douglas Commercial Aircraft, 1938-1969
  2. Series II. Military Troop Transport Aircraft, 1946-1955
  3. Series III. Airplane models, 1952-1955


Purchase 2005.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2011

By: Benjamin Johnson
Link to catalog
Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. Douglas Aircraft Company Photographs, 1938-1969: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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