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Guy Seely Langstroth Collection

Identifier: GTM-170310

Scope and Content note

The Guy Seely Langstroth Collection consists of a photograph album and an autobiographical manuscript journal of a noted American engineer and aviator who worked in Central America in the 1920s. The extensive photograph album covers Langstroth's time in Honduras in 1924 and preserves images of life and culture in that nation during that era. The photographs include scenes of people, places, equipment, and engineering sites. The thorough journal describes Langstroth's experiences in Honduras in 1924 and 1925.


  • 1924 - 1925

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical Note

Guy Seely Langstroth was an engineer and aviator best known for his exploits in Central America in the 1920s. The United Fruit Company sent Langstroth to Honduras in 1924 to assist with engineering efforts. When he arrived in Tela, Honduras, he found the country in the midst of a civil war. During the summer of 1924, Langstroth traveled to Guatemala. Langstroth subsequently volunteered to be an airplane pilot for United Fruit Company in the region of Central America. According to the 1940 U.S. Census, Guy Seely Langstroth was born in Canada about 1899. In 1940, he lived in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife Edith and his daughters Aurelie and Lynne.

[Sources: 1940 U.S. Census; Dealer's Catalog (Between the Covers Rare Books, catalog 212)].


0.95 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Custodial History

Purchase from Between the Covers Rare Books, Gloucester, NJ, 2017.

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Guy Seely Langstroth Collection
Scott S. Taylor. Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University Library
2018 December
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057