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Katherine Stinson Certificate

Identifier: AC 475-p

Scope and Content

Collection consists of one document appointing Katherine Stinson to attend the National Conference for the Development of Commercial Aviation, signed by Governor Richard C. Dillon, May 31, 1927.


  • 1927
  • Majority of material found in 1927

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.


Katherine Stinson was born February 14, 1891, in Fort Payne, Alabama. She was the fourth woman in the United States to obtain a pilot's license, which she earned on July 24, 1912. She took her flying lessons from well-known aviator Max Lille, who initially refused to teach her because she was female. After receiving her license, she began exhibition flying and became known as the "Flying Schoolgirl." Stinson became the first woman to perform a loop, at Cicero Field in Chicago. She also was one of the first women authorized to carry mail for the United States. In 1917, she became an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Europe. There, she contracted influenza, which turned into tuberculosis, causing her retirement from aviation. Recovering from tubercolosis, she worked as an architect for many years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Katherine Stinson was married to Judge Miguel Otero, son of Governor Miguel Otero. She died in 1977 at the age of 86 after a long illness.


1 Folder

Guide to the Katherine Stinson Certificate, 1927
Edited Full Draft
K. Robens
© 2009
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090