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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Related Materials
  • Separated Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: The Ed Morrow Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10103.O/S
    Physical Description: 1.4 Cubic Feet There are many material types including photographs, negatives, magazines, books, newspapers, correspondence, blueprints, and drawings. The collection ranges from the late 1920s to modern day material. It is arranged by material type, size, and subject. This is a 3 box collection. There is one photograph stored in the Oversized Materials Special Collection (OMSC_00001) box. It is labeled as MorrowOM_1. One box measures 15 ½ x 12 ½ x 5 inches. The other two boxes measure 15 ½ x 10 ¼ x 5 inches.
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1994
    Abstract: Ed Morrow was a key member of the team that built the Spirit of St. Louis

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    Preferred Citation

    The Ed Morrow Personal Papers from the Library and Archives of the San Diego Air and Space Museum

    Biographical / Historical

    Born in Sherman County, Oregon, Herbert Edwin “Ed” Morrow lived on a farm in Oregon until his early twenties. He studied to become a machinist, but moved to San Diego in 1922 to learn how to fly. He never intended to work in the aviation industry, but his mechanical and ironworking skills were sought after. Morrow was a dedicated worker for Ryan Aeronautical, and he was a key member of the team that built the Spirit of St. Louis. He built the aircraft with precise specifications and requirements and he had to personally fit some of the parts on the plane under the direct supervision of Lindbergh himself. Morrow was the last Ryan employee to say goodbye to Lindbergh before his famous flight. Ed Morrow supposedly was the only Ryan employee to receive two “thank you’s” from Lindbergh – one before the flight, and one during the celebration afterwards. Morrow was also a roommate of Douglas Corrigan – the “Wrong-Way” pilot – who flew from New York to Ireland. Morrow retired in El Cajon, California. He was an important figure in designing and rebuilding the replica of the "Spirit of St. Louis" from memory for the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
    Ed Morrow passed away on December 7, 1994 in San Diego.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a three box collection. One box measures 15 ½ x 12 ½ x 5 inches. The other two boxes measure 15 ½ x 10 ¼ x 5 inches. There are many material types including photographs, negatives, magazines, books, newspapers, correspondence, blueprints, and drawings. The collection ranges from the late 1920s to modern day material. It is arranged by material type, size, and subject.
    There is one photograph stored in the Oversized Materials Special Collection (OMSC_00001) box. It is labeled as MorrowOM_1.

    Related Materials

    Lindbergh Collection Ryan Aircraft Collection Album issued to volunteers who built Ryan NYP-3 Spirit of St. Louis Replica; AL-109 Spirit of St. Louis drawings by Morrow.

    Separated Materials

    Items removed and placed with SDASM Curatorial Department OX5 Aviation Pioneers Member Plaque for Ed Morrow Wooden Clark “Y” Section Wing Plaque 1926 Metal tin of Spirit of Saint Louis in Paris with four Coasters Tiparillo cigar box containing three airplane pins and three badges for Ryan Aviation Small box with safety film from Kodak Processing 1954 Two white work aprons from Ryan Aviation Framed yellow biplane on ground Ryan “Spirit” pictures with Ed Morrow White envelope with postage and photos Piper Cub along with sketched drawings of prop plane
    Items removed and placed with SDASM Film Room One box of twelve 5” x 7” negatives of the Spirit of St. Louis
    Items removed and placed in Oversized Material Boxes MorrowOM-1 – Photograph of Banquet at Ryan MorrowOM_2 – Sketches of the Spirit of St. Louis

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aircraft industry
    Morrow, Ed
    Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus)
    Ryan Aeronautical Company
    Corrigan, Douglas