Kneeland, Ira Duane
California State University, Fresno
5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
Fresno, California 93740-8014
7.75 linear feet
The Kneeland Family papers measure 7.75 linear feet and date from 1820 to 1961. The papers predominantly cover the life and interests of Clarissa Kneeland and her brother, Ira Kneeland and are arranged in four series: Clarissa Abia Kneeland, Ira Duane Kneeland, Socialism and Other family members. Ira Duane Kneeland shared his sister's strong socialist convictions and also wrote a few short works on this subject. He also devoted much time to inventions, in particular to the design of a helicopter. He later withdrew this invention from a company which offered to fund the building of his helicopter because he thought it would be used for military gain. The Ira Duane Kneeland series (1868-1947) contains sketches of his inventions and ideas on how they might be put in to practice. There is also correspondence from the various firms to which he sent details of his inventions. Like his sister, Ira wrote various short works, although unlike Clarissa, his are all on the subject of socialism.
Kneeland Family Papers, 1820-1961