Records Regarding the Loss of Amelia Earhart, 1937-
NOTE: THIS COLLECTION HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
Scope and Content Note
This material, which includes photocopies of documents held in other repositories as well as some original records, contains files collected by the Naval Investigative Service, US Coast Guard, the Hydrographic Office, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Secretary of the Navy, as well as scattered records contributed by private individuals. All aspects of the Earhart case are covered in the collection, including her final flight, the initial search, and official investigations since 1937 that sought to evaluate the various theories of her disappearance. Microfilm copies of these documents are also available.
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Contents of the Microfilm Reels
U.S. Navy, Fourteenth Naval District serial 095 of 31 July 1937, Subject File GU, Box 116, Record Group 45 (Collection of Naval Records and Library), National Archives. (96 pages) Forwarded the basic Earhart search report, covering the period 2-18 July 1937.
Department of the Navy, Messages and Correspondence, File A4-5(5), Box 146, Record Group 80 (General Records of the Department of the Navy), National Archives. (106 pages) Covers the period 31 October 1936 to 21 October 1938.
Department of the Navy correspondence, Confidential File A21-5, Box 100, Record Group 80 (General Records of the Department of the Navy), National Archives. (20 pages). Concerns the proposed flight and covers the period 16 October 1936 to 11 May 1937.
U.S. Coast Guard records, Record Group 26, National Archives. (505 pages) Includes correspondence and messages; Pan American Airways report; Earhart plane flight; and the transcript of USCGC Itasca log for July 1937. These documents cover the period 2 July 1937 to May 1938.
Office of Naval Intelligence, Naval Investigative Service File, Amelia Earhart Collection, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command. (360 pages) Includes the records of official naval investigations into allegations regarding the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and a copy of the Fourteenth Naval District report of the search for Earhart by U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Units.
U.S. Navy, Fourteenth Naval District serial 17527 of 3 December 1948, Amelia Earhart Collection, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command. (487 pages) Forwarded the search plan and dispatch reports related to the search for Amelia Earhart for the period 1-25 July 1937.
Messages and correspondence relating to Amelia Earhart's around the world flight, Fleet Maintenance Division of Chief of Naval Operations, Amelia Earhart Collection, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command. (258 pages) File covers the period 20 October 1936 to 2 March 1938.
Miscellaneous Folder, Amelia Earhart Collection, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command. (149 pages) Includes news clips, miscellaneous correspondence, a copy of a 1967 manuscript by Paul Briand Jr., "Requiem for Amelia," and copies of documents donated by Francis X. Holbrook. Documents cover period 1961-1970.