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    Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. Archive to Dr. L. Laszlo Schwartz regarding Lindbergh's grandfather. Eight letters, including six typed and two handwritten, all composed between November 13, 1960, and June 8, 1966. In the 1960s, the great aviator Charles Lindbergh became interested in developing a biography, and eventually a museum, about his maternal grandfather, Dr. Charles Land, who was a dentist and inventor. With those goals in mind, he corresponded with Dr. L. Laszlo Schwartz, a noted oral surgeon, and asked him to begin putting together a biography. One Typed Letter Signed "Charles", (two pages, 8" x 10", Scotts Cove, November 13, 1960, in fine condition) communicates much information about the two projects, as well Lindbergh's disappointment: "This evening after talking to you on the phone, I decided to think back over the entire project for a biography about my grandfather. . . . As you know, my first contact with the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery came through Dana Atchley. I had asked his advice about where it would be best to place the denture my grandfather made and exhibited at the Chicago Exhibition in 1893. Dr. Atchley arranged the meeting that resulted in my contacts with you, Dean Hickey, and Dr. Proskauer. Following this and other meetings, I became interested in two projects in the field of dentistry. The first was the museum, named after my grandfather. The second was the history of dentistry you were then considering writing. . . . In regard to the history of dentistry, I was, of course, delighted when you came to the conclusion that it might be written in most effective form through a biography about my grandfather. . . .Naturally, I expected that a Land biography would eventually be produced, as you did also. The discouraging attitude of the publishers that have been approached in regard to a Land biography is, I think, as disappointing to me as to you. . . . I had hoped to create two memorials to my grandfather, and at the same time to make a contribution to dental progress and prestige. To date, neither has turned out very well. . . . I think we are up against a situation of reality in regard to the biography. Book publishers apparently don't want it. Your suggestion of a magazine article seems to me the best course to follow at the moment."

    The other letters in the archive include:
    2. Typed Letter Signed. Two pages, 8" x 10", Scotts Cove, November 13, 1960. Signed "Charles In fine condition.
    3. Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", on blue flimsy, "Switzerland, Feb. 18, 1962." Written in pencil and signed "Charles." Very fine.
    4. Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", "Scotts Cove, Darien, Conn. April 28, 1962." Signed "Charles." Accompanied by Original Transmittal Envelope. Both items in fine condition.
    5. Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", "Scotts Cove, Darien, Conn. April 24, 1964." Signed "Charles." Letter is in fine condition. Accompanied by Original Transmittal Envelope in very good condition.
    6. Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", on blue air mail paper, "Switzerland, July 23, 1964." Signed "Charles." Letter is in fine condition. Accompanied by Original Transmittal Envelope in very good condition.
    7. Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, one sided, 8.5" x 11", on blue air mail paper, "Kenya, Dec. 25, 1965." Written in fountain pen ink and signed "Charles (A. Lindbergh)." Paper clip stain at tip edge and a few creases; generally fine. Add some indication of content.
    8. Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", on blue air mail paper, "Greenough, Montana, May 24, 1966." Signed "Charles," in fountain pen ink. Letter is in fine condition.
    9. Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", "Scotts Cove, Darien, Conn. June 8, 1966." Signed "Charles," in ink. Letter is in very fine condition.
    Archive also includes a carbon copy of Dr. Schwartz's May 27, 1966 letter to Lindbergh. A wonderful archive celebrating the Lindbergh family tree!

    As the letters reveal, Dr. Land's biography was not picked up for publication and a dentistry museum was not in the cards, but through the diligent efforts of Lindbergh and Schwartz, Dr. Land was commemorated in a medical/dental exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in the mid-1960s.


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