Alexander Graham Bell Auction Halted

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LOS ANGELES TIMES – A California auctioneer has pulled from its auction Alexander Graham Bell historical documents, which describe the inventor’s design for a kite-like human aircraft. Bell’s great-grandson, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Geographic Society questioned whether Paul Edward Garber, the former head curator of the National Air Museum (precursor to the National Air and Space Museum), was gifted the papers in the 1950s rather than took possession on a temporary loan basis in his official capacity. The Bell family has sought to preserve Bell’s legacy for public research and donated the bulk of Alexander Graham Bell’s archive to the Library of Congress. To continue reading, click here.