Given her accomplishments as an aviator, including becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, it should come as no surprise that Amelia Earhart was frequently photographed. The Prints & Photographs Division’s collections include a number of images of Earhart, including some photographs of her sitting in a cockpit looking relaxed and self-assured.
Photos of Earhart surrounded by interested crowds are not uncommon.
Earhart was recognized by a number of organizations and made the acquaintance of other high-profile individuals. Here she is pictured with Eleanor Roosevelt, who also had some experience training to be a pilot, heading into a National Geographic Society event at which Earhart was scheduled to provide an address.
Although she was best known for her extraordinary accomplishments as a pilot, Earhart was also an advocate for women’s rights, joining the National Woman’s Party and supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. Her determination to make her own path and lead by example shows in a 1937 letter to her husband, George Palmer Putnam, in which she wrote about her ultimately tragic plans to circumnavigate the globe by plane: “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards of the trip. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”
- See additional digitized pictures of Amelia Earhart in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
- Learn about the Harris & Ewing collection, which provides some images for this blog post and many other newsworthy images from the first half of the 20th century.
- Interested in very early aviation? You may want to explore the Prints & Photographs Division’s Tissandier Collection, primarily featuring images of balloon flight.
- Read about the Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division’s L’Aerophile collection.