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Keith (Alexander Perkins) Personal Papers
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Alexander Perkins Keith Personal Papers
    creator: Keith, Alexander Perkins
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.SC.10084
    Physical Description: 0.4 Cubic Feet 1 manuscript box
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1936
    Abstract: This collection contains papers relating to A.P. Keith. The papers include documents about a patent Keith received in 1870 for a flying machine.
    Language of Material: English

    Biographical / Historical

    Alexander P. Keith hailed from Eaton, Massachusetts, coming to California for the gold mines and then making his big strike in Nevada in 1859-60. He used his newfound fortune to continue his vision of his airplane invention. His invention deviated from the then accepted flapping wing devices that were of the time.
    He later married Anna Hicks in Boston and moved to San Diego in the early 1880s where they had two daughters, Mabel M. and Elizabeth. Only after Keith’s death did his family learn of his invention and patent. It is said in the few articles on Keith’s invention, that the only things lacking was the aid of a perpetual moving machine, at which time had not yet been discovered.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Access is open to the public by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use

    For copyright information and conditions of use, please contact the library director.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection of materials was donated in March 2009.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item], Alexander Perkins Keith Special Collection, Archives, San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Related Materials

    Patents Subject Files
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a collection of the personal papers of A.P. Keith that documents a patent that was granted to AP Keith of Eaton, Massachusetts on 1870 for an aerial flying machine. It includes two types circa 1870.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aeronautic -- California -- San Diego -- History
    Aeronautics -- 1870-1880
    Keith, Alexander Perkins