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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Daniel Egger papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1927-2019
    Collection Number: mssEgger
    Collector: Egger, Daniel Frederic
    Extent: 3 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 flash drive, and 1 tube (1.04 linear feet)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
    Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Daniel Egger papers include correspondence, printed matter, and photographs related to Daniel Egger’s career in the aerospace industry.
    Language of Material: The records are in English and Spanish.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .
    NOT AVAILABLE: The collection contains one flash drive, which is unavailable until reformatted. Please contact Reader Services for more information.
    RESTRICTED: Tube 1 (previously housed in Box 1, folder 1). Due to size of original, original will be available only with curatorial permission.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Daniel Egger papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Deborah Egger Giese and Douglas Giese, September 2017 and May 2019.

    Processing Information

    Collection was processed by Gina C Giang in October 2017. In June 2019, Box 3 and a flash drive was added to the collection and the finding aid updated by Giang.


    Daniel Egger was a Swiss-born engineer who worked for John Knudsen "Jack" Northrop at Lockheed on the Vega, at Avion and, when Avion was bought by United Aircraft & Transport Corporation (UATC), at Northrop Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California. Due to circumstances beyond his control and not of his fault, he and his family were deported back to Switzerland in 1930. He maintained a correspondence with Jack Northrop throughout and, with Northrop's help, came back to the United States in 1938/39, eventually working for the Vega Airplane Company, Garret AiResearch and Northrop Aircraft Inc.

    Scope and Content

    The Daniel Egger papers include correspondence, printed matter, and photographs related to Daniel Egger’s career in the aerospace industry. The letters that may prove to be the most interesting in this collection are between John Knudsen Northrop and Egger regarding his immigration status. In a letter dated January 4, 1934, Northrop makes an effort to find Egger a position in Germany. He writes, “It occurs to me that with the tremendous outpouring of Jews from Germany there should be good positions for men with aeronautical experience in that country considering the large number of Jews with technical experience who were deported.” Other correspondence includes letters from Northrop's wife, Inez Northrop, and her helper, Emma Nuila, to Alexander Egger. There is also some material in Spanish where Egger spent some time in El Salvador in 1922 and 1926. The early photographs in this collection include Lockheed Aircraft Company during the Vega, Air Express, and Alpha period. Other photographs include Egger’s involvement in the Snark missile program and images of other pilots. There are also some personal photographs related to Northrop’s home, children, and Big Bear cabin. There is one large blueprint of either the Northrop Aircraft Corporation Alpha or Beta wing. Other material found scattered throughout the collection consists of newspaper clippings, greeting cards, invitations, negatives, and postcards.
    The oversize folder includes ten images and photographs removed from glass frames.
    Box 3 includes one address book, certificates, correspondence, ephemera, negatives, and photographs. Included is Albert Einsten's signature on a piece of paper from a conference in France, dated March 20, 1922. The flash drive contains approximately 85 GB of data and includes a detailed Excel guide, high resolution .tiff and .jpg scans of each item in the collection; including fronts and backs where necessary. The scans and information were provided by Tony Chong, Historian Emeritus, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sector in 2019.
    Cataloger's note: The EC-# was an original numbering system that was retained when the collection arrived. The EC-#s mirror the EC-#s found on the flash drive.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Egger, Daniel Frederic
    Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 -- Signer
    Heinemann, Edward H., 1908-1991
    Humberstone, Harry
    Northrop, John Knudsen, 1895-1981
    Vultee, Jerry, 1900-1938

    Corporate Names

    Douglas Aircraft Corporation
    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
    Northrop Aircraft Corporation
    Vega Aircraft Corporation


    Aerospace engineering -- California, Southern -- History
    Aerospace engineers -- California, Southern -- History
    Aerospace industries -- California, Southern -- History
    Airplanes -- Design and construction

    Geographic Areas

    Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)


    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Letters (correspondence)
    Personnel records