New York Airways Collection - Reports, Annual Reports, 1952-1955

About the Project

New York Airways (NYA), one of the first three helicopter carriers certificated by the United States Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), began mail service between New York City's three major airports in October 1952, and inaugurated the world's first regularly scheduled passenger helicopter service in July 1953. NYA soon extended mail, freight, and passenger service into the greater New York City metropolitan area, extending routes into New Jersey and Connecticut. As ground traffic in the New York area became increasingly congested, NYA, based at LaGuardia Airport, worked closely with the Port of New York Authority to establish heliports on the island of Manhattan, most famously from the rooftop of the Pan Am Building, from which NYA inaugurated regularly scheduled passenger service on December 21, 1965. Despite its best efforts, NYA depended heavily on government subsidies for its economic health, and was plagued by financial issues throughout its lifetime. In June 1965, as subsidies were being eliminated, NYA entered into operating support agreements with Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Pan American World Airways, whose connecting passengers were some of NYA's biggest customers. NYA, already suffering from rising fuel prices, ceased operations in April 1979 following a fatal accident at Newark International Airport, and filed for bankruptcy the following month in May 1979. Richard Wheatland II joined New York Airways in January 1953 as the Manager of the airline's Traffic and Sales Department, and soon became NYA's Vice President of Sales and Service. He left the company in 1968 to take a position in his native home of Boston, and died peacefully at his home on June 26, 2009. Note: Please do not describe the images, photographs, or maps that appear in this project. We are only seeking transcriptions.

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(2 out of 5)

Level 1 --- BEGINNER

Content: all typed
Language: English
Format: letters, diaries, flyers, pamphlets, and one-page documents
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: none required

Level 2

Content: mostly typed, handwritten in print, or otherwise very clearly written/readable
Language: English
Format: memorabilia, advertisements, image captions, telegrams, diaries, letters, notes
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: none required


Content: typed and handwritten materials in cursive or print
Language: English
Format: newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, letters/diaries/notes that may include annotations or margin notes
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: experience reading cursive writing may be useful

Level 4

Content: handwritten materials, primarily in cursive or somewhat difficult to read (predominantly from the 19th and 20th centuries) , audio recordings that are relatively easy to hear/decipher, and scientific materials
Language: English and/or other languages that use Roman script but may require the use of diacritics (French, Spanish, German, Italian, etc.)
Format: audio recordings, letters, diaries, notes and other written materials, projects with templated fields and special instructions
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: some knowledge of non-English Roman-character/script languages and diacritics may be useful, as well as experience reading cursive handwriting. A general knowledge or familiarity with scientific terminology.

Level 5 --- ADVANCED

Content: handwritten materials in cursive (from the 19th century or earlier) or in a non-Roman script language, audio recordings that are difficult to hear or are not in English, specialty materials/projects such as numismatics projects and the Project Phaedra notebooks 
Language: foreign languages that use non-Roman characters (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Greek/Cyrillic, Native American and Indigenous languages, etc.) and English 
Format: audio recordings, columned data/tables, manuscripts, letters, diaries, notes, currency sheets, coins
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: knowledge of a specific language and access to a keyboard with the characters in that language may be required for certain projects. Experience reading cursive handwriting and familiarity with 19th century (or prior) handwriting and conventions/abbreviations may be useful, as well as knowledge of scientific terminology, astrophysics data, or linguistics.

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