The Yolanda Spirito Collection is comprised of personal papers, photographs, and printed material which relate to Yolanda Spirito's career in aviation, her employer's (Paul Mantz) private airline, and aviation history from the lates 1920s to the early 1950s, including women's history in aviation.
The collection is organized into three series. The first series is Personal Papers, 1908-1969, undated. Spirito's scrapbooks are the largest contribution to this series. The bulk dates of the material within the scrapbooks are 1928-1931. The smallest scrapbook consists mostly of newspaper clippings about prominent pilots from the time period. The two other scrapbooks contain primarily photographs, and most these are of Spirito with other aeronautical personnel. The next largest contribution to this series are two charter rates books and one Paul Mantz Air Services manual, all three of which pertain to Paul Mantz Air Services. Smaller contributions to this series include documents pertaining to flight instruction, correspondence of an aeronautical and commercial nature, two pilot flight logs, one engine log, and documents pertaining to Frank Belcher's airplane. The flight instruction material consists of documents from Spirito's career as a flight student, documents from her career as a flight instructor, and documents with no known connection to any particular individual.
The second series is Photographs and Graphic Images, 1928-1989, undated. This series contains photographs that pertain to Paul Mantz, including the Bendix Air Races, Paul Mantz Air Services with its staff, facilities, and aircraft, and the Lockheed Air Terminal where the Mantz services were located. While some of the Mantz photographs might be originals, many of them are probably copies which Spirito obtained. This series also contains photographs of Spirito, photographs and prints of Beechcraft aircraft and Lockheed aircraft, and photographs of prominent pilots, approximately half of which are autographed. There are no identified photographs of Spirito's family in this series. The scrapbooks in the first series contain what are probably photographs of her family, but many of these photographs are insufficiently identified.
The largest series in this collection is Printed Material, 1930-1960, undated, most of which is not about Spirito, but which is material she may have used while alive. The largest contribution to this series is a collection of aviation magazines, particularly Air Facts magazines from 1949-1953. The next largest contribution to this series is a collection of manuals, most of which were issued by the United States Department of Commerce. The series also contains radio aids, quick reference material for pilots, reports from the U.S. Department of Commerce and one from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, promotional booklets and sheets advertising aircraft and flight instruments, and newspaper clippings regarding Spirito and other pilots.