Collection ID: M.52

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1929-2017 and undated
Abstract:
The collection contains various records collected and donated by Ed Cassagneres who was an aeronautical archeologist. The collection is largely research files that Cassagneres collected on the Cairns Aircraft Company and includes photographs of the many fully metal planes as well as newspaper articles centering the planes creation by Edmund Burke Cairns. Interesting to note are the many patents obtained by Edmund, as well as report done on the company by the U.S. Navy.
Extent:
1.84 Linear Feet and 2 legal manuscript boxes and 1 oversized object box
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The collection contains documents from 1927-2017 and undated. The Cairns Aircraft files were donated by Ev Cassagneres, aeronautical archeologist.

The collection contains various records collected and donated by Ed Cassagneres who was an aeronautical archeologist. The collection is largely research files that Cassagneres collected on the Cairns Aircraft Company and includes photographs of the many fully metal planes as well as newspaper articles centering the planes creation by Edmund Burke Cairns. Interesting to note are the many patents obtained by Edmund, as well as report done on the company by the U.S. Navy.

Biographical / Historical:

Edmund Burke Cairns was an artist, engineer, sheet metal designer, craftsman, and inventor. It is unknown when he was born and is believed he was born in either Nebraska or Detroit. In his early adulthood, he worked for the Briggs Autobody Company in Detroit, Michigan. It was there that he supposedly built an all-metal biplane for the United States Navy. It is believed he died it 1972.

In 1928 Cairns Aircraft was established by Edmund Cairns in Naugatuck, Connecticut. The company was funded by the Whittemore family of Naugatuck who also financed two other aeronautical companies in the area named Kimball and Scorpion. Between 1931 and 1932 the company manufactured five experimental aircrafts which were tested at the Bethany Airport. Cairns Aircrafts were all-metal monoplanes with radial engines. The planes carried two people. Throughout this time Cairns was able to secure 60 patents on mass manufacturing processes, he hoped to produce airplanes entirely out of machines with very minimum parts and time to assemble. The company ceased to exist sometime in the 1930s due to financial strains caused by the depression.

Indexed Terms

Subjects:
Airplanes
Places:
Naugatuck, Ct

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org