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Albert Louis Loud Papers

Identifier: BC423


Assistant engineer in the North Pole and Trans-Atlantic attempts by dirigible, 1909-1911. Loud was born in Virden, Illinois and was an assistant to his brother-in-law Melvin Vaniman, a photographer, engineer and inventor, who was also a Virden native. Loud accompanied Vaniman on Walter Wellman’s third attempt to reach the North Pole by dirigible in 1909 and his 1910 attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Loud also assisted Vaniman in trials for a second trans-Atlantic attempt, but retired from air adventures before Vaniman’s tragic 1912 death in the final trial flight. Loud moved to Danville, Illinois where he worked as an auditor for Fidelity Loan Company, and later was a salesman for a printing firm. He died in Springfield, Illinois.

News clippings, patents, scrapbooks, articles and miscellaneous material relating to early aviation history, dirigibles and the Walter Wellman and Melvin Vaniman – led trans-Atlantic flight attempts. Melvin Vaniman’s patents for aviation related inventions are included.

Most of the patent material is in French.

Photographs and artifacts were transferred out of the collection.


  • 1890 - 1963
  • Majority of material found within 1908 - 1912


1.36 Linear Feet (1 1/2 manuscript boxes and 2 oversize bound volumes)

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Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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