The William D. Wheeler Papers consists of one box of correspondence, photographs, typed and handwritten notes, and published documents primarily pertaining to Wheeler’s interest in photography. Many of the materials have a heavy emphasis on techniques of color photography. Additionally, the collection includes a folder of memorabilia and receipts from a photography exhibit, the Federal Workers Union, and a reimbursement for travel from the military. The collection also includes a folder of correspondence between Wheeler’s brother-in-law (Lewis Turtle), Wheeler, and patent lawyers regarding a drafting device that Turtle invented.
1906 - 1918
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Colonel William Downing Wheeler (1883-1962) was born in Washington D.C. He graduated from St. John’s College in 1901 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and from Georgetown in 1904 with a Bachelor of Law degree. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to the District Bar Association and practiced law until he entered into the Army in 1917. He later transferred to the Air Corps, where he pioneered techniques of aerial photography, and later taught courses in aerial photography. On 31 July, 1912, he married Mary Church Turtle, who survived him. During his retirement, he compiled an extensive genealogy of the Wheeler family.