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MS-341

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Hall, Tony, Papers
1959-2006 (bulk 1979-2002), 199 lin. ft.

The Tony Hall Papers, housed in Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries, document the career of Tony Hall as both a U.S. Congressman, representing the Third District of Ohio, and as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Donated on September 26, 2002, with his Ambassador papers added in April 2006, the papers span the period 1959 to 2006. The bulk of the records pertain to his 24-year career as a U.S. Congressman. The papers contain voting records, congressional bills, constituent correspondence, personal correspondence, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and research on a variety of topics.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Local History

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Hamburger, Frank, Papers
1909-1936, 1 folder

Frank Hamburger witnessed the Wright Brothers' first flight in Dayton. Collection contains several photographs of Hamburger as well as newspaper clippings recounting his involvement with the Wrights.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections, Local History

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Hamilton Waymire Collection
1862, 1 folder

Photograph and letter of Hamilton Waymire pertaining to activities during Civil War.

Subject Area(s): Civil War, Family and Personal Papers, Local History

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Hamilton-Fairfield WACO Fly-in Program
ca. 1985, 1 folder

Program for the Hamilton-Fairfield WACO fly-in, circa 1985

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History

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Haney, Alice B., Papers
1884-1944, 1 lin. ft.

Alice Haney worked for the Ohio State Medical Association Journal (OSMA) for 30 years as assistant to the editor and advertising manager. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, other personal papers, and pictures of some OSMA Presidents.

Subject Area(s): Medical History, Local History

MS-452

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Harbach, Dorothy, Papers
1951-1978, 1.25 lin. ft.

The Dorothy Harbach Papers consists of materials from two of her places of employment (WLW-D Channel 2 and Rike's Department Store). Many of the materials in this collection are advertisements and marketing techniques for the two businesses as Ms. Harbach was involved in their promotional offices. There are also materials which give insight into her professional career.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Women, Local History

MS-319

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Hardesty, Bergen, Collection
1910-1993, 23 lin. ft.

Bergen Hardesty (1915-1994) was a trained draughtsman and as a hobby built realistic model airplanes. The Bergen Hardesty Aviation Collection contains extensive research and accurate drawings on a large variety of aircraft focused on World War I and II military aircraft. The collection also contains many aircraft photographs, along with negatives, blueprints, correspondence, histories of WW I aviation units, newspaper clippings, and photograph albums.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections

MS-489

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Hardy, Homer and Elsie, Collection
1891-1969 (bulk 1920s-1930s), 1.7 lin. ft.

Homer and Elsie Hardy lived in Dayton, Ohio, but travelled the world in the 1920s and 1930s, possibly as part of Homer's job as a manager in the foreign department of the Delco-Light Company. The Homer and Elsie Hardy Collection contains 8 scrapbooks and numerous other postcards and photographs documenting their family life and travels.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

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Harrington 1913 Dayton Flood collection
1913, 1 folder

Two accounts of the Dayton Flood.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, 1913 Flood History, Local History

MS-160

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Harris Family Papers
1898-1964, 1.5 lin. ft.

Consists primarily of the personal and business correspondence of George Harris and his wife, Katherine Carr Harris, his brother, Robert Harris, and his son, Ladley Harris. Both Katherine and George were born and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio and attended Antioch College in the 1890s. They married in 1904 and moved to Georgia where Harris established a successful law practice and they raised a family. The bulk of correspondence in this collection is with family members and friends in Yellow Springs, Ohio, New York and elsewhere and reflects the interests, concerns, and activities of a white, middle-class family during the first half of the twentieth century.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

MS-194

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Harris, Charles, Papers
1901-1916, .25 lin. ft.

Charles Harris was a nephew of Bishop Milton Wright, father of the Wright Brothers. His papers consist of eleven letters written to him by Bishop Wright from 1901 through 1916. Subjects discussed in the correspondence include the Wright's flying experiments and travels to Europe, personalities of the Wright children and grandchildren, miscellaneous family matters, and a description of Wilbur's death and funeral in 1912.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Wright Brothers Collections, Local History

MS-214

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Harris, Harold R., Papers
1886, 1908-1990, 8.75 lin. ft.

Harris was a World War I flyer and test pilot at McCook Field in Dayton during the early 1920s. He later became an executive with Pan American Airlines, American Overseas Airlines, and Northwest Airlines, as well as holding the rank of Colonel in the Army Air Transport Command during World War II. His papers consist of extensive correspondence, both personal and business, travel diaries, reports, newspaper clippings, personal logs detailing his activities and movements, speeches, photographs, and the manuscript of an unpublished book he authored about Pan American Airlines.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, World War II, Local History

MS-366

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Harrison Township Cemetery Association / Greencastle Cemetery Records
1868-2005 (bulk 1940-1989), 6 lin. ft.

The collection contains handwritten and typed documents of burial plots and grave records, maps, financial reports and receipts, deeds, ledgers, meeting minutes, photographs, and correspondence. The records pertain to both New Greencastle Cemetery and Old Greencastle Cemetery, which are burial grounds of some of the founders of Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Cemeteries, Local History

MS-245

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Harrison Township Women's Republican Club Records
1944-1992, 1.5 lin. ft.

Organized in 1944, the Harrison Township Women's Republican Club is part of the Ohio and National Federation of Republican Women's Clubs. Records consist of minutes, financial records, correspondence, membership rolls, and information about the club's activities.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women, Local History

MFM-38

Harrison United Methodist Church Records
1857-1986, 1 reel

The records include a published church history as well as baptisms, marriages, deaths, and a listing of members.

Subject Area(s): Religion

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Harter, M.L., Letter to John J. Weaver, M.D.
1870, 1 folder

M.L. Harter's letter to John J. Weaver, M.D., advising treatment for one of Weaver's patients whose vision has been impaired by an injured nerve.

Subject Area(s): Medical History

MS-338

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Harvard Boston Aeromeet Collection
1910-1997, 6 lin. ft.

The collection consist of glass plate negatives, lantern slides, and photographs of pictures taken by Anthony Philpott, editor of the Boston Globe. Of particular interest are copies of newspaper clippings from 1910 and 1911 about the meets, as well as pictures of Wilbur Wright, Boston Mayor John F. Fitzgerald, President William H. Taft, Claude Grahame-White, Glenn Curtiss, and other distinguished people from that time period.

To view items from this collection online, please visit CORE Scholar.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections

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Hasbrook, A.H., Papers
1940-1980, 100 lin. ft.

This collection comprises the original research, reports, court cases, and correspondence documenting A. Howard Hasbrook's career in crash injury research. It includes the studies he conducted at Cornell University as well as research and investigations carried out for various other organizations. Hasbrook endeavored to make both airplane and automobile survivable crashes less lethal. His analysis led him to become an early advocate of seat belts for both airplanes and automobiles, and he encouraged the design of less deadly vehicle interiors to decrease the likelihood of death and injury during and after crashes.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering

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Haskell, Henry Harry, Photograph
Undated, 1 folder

Reprinted undated photo of Henry Harry Haskell, Katharine Wright's husband.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Local History

MFM-117

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Haskell, Katharine Wright, Papers
1922-1928, 2 reels

Papers consist of mainly correspondence from Katharine Wright (1874-1929) to her future husband, Henry J. Haskell. Letters cover a variety of personal matters including the opposition to her impending marriage by her brother, Orville Wright. Other subjects discussed include Oberlin College, the Kansas City Star, the Wright patent challenge, and Katharine's ideas about women's rights. These letters were microfilmed from originals loaned to the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Kansas City, Missouri.

Subject Area(s): Women, Aviation, Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers

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Hawking, Joseph, Letter
1846, 1 folder

Handwritten letter from Joseph Hawking to Charles Redman, pertaining to the people of Eaton, OH, erecting a monument to Major James Lowry, dated May 21, 1846.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

MFM-84

Hawthorne Funeral Home Records
1914-1967, 1 reel

Consists of four volumes of records of a Cincinnati funeral home.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-228

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Helen Hunt Club Records
1891-1950, 1 lin. ft.

The Helen Hunt Club was a women's literary organization founded in 1891 by a group of Dayton school teachers. The group studied and read papers on literary subjects and produced a play each year. Records consist of a constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes, club programs, correspondence, and the manuscript of a novel written by several club members ca. 1910.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Women, Local History

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Helicopter Negatives
1946-1954, 1 folder

Collection contains 27 aviation negatives of various helicopters.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MFM-53

Heritage Unitarian Church Records
1887-1969, 1 reel

Contains three volumes of church records which include membership lists, marriage and death records, and a list of pastors. Heritage Unitarian is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Religion

MFM-48

Heritage United Methodist Church Records
1833-1919, 1 reel

Included in the records of this Cincinnati church is a listing of burials in the church cemetery and one volume of church membership lists.

Subject Area(s): Religion, Cemeteries

MS-91

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Herr, Ruth, Papers
1935-1949, 0.25 lin. ft.

Ruth Herr was an art teacher in the Dayton and Oakwood public schools. The materials in this collection reflect her interest in women's rights and include a constitution and bylaws for the National Woman's Party, a speech by Mrs. Herr, several copies of the National Woman's Party newspaper, Equal Rights, and clippings and miscellaneous material pertaining to the National Woman's Party.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women, Local History

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Hertz, Martin "Ray", War & Work Memoirs
1940-1957, 38 items

This collection consists of one binder of writings by Mr. Hertz on his career in the US Army Air Corps through the United States Air Force, and later the Ohio Air National Guard. The writings chronicle the time period between 1940 and 1957.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, World War II, Local History

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Hertzberg, H.T.E., Papers and Reports
1930-1976, 12 lin. ft.

Hans Theadore Edward Hertzberg was a physical anthropologist in the Biophysics Branch of the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton from 1946-1972. Most of his research was in the field of anthropometry, the measurement of the human body. He practiced engineering anthropology at Wright-Patterson measuring body size and strength and utilized this data in the design of dummies, cockpits, seats, oxygen masks, helmet, gloves, and clothing and personal equipment used in flying. The papers in this collection consist mostly of correspondence and reports which reflect the scope of his research.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Local History

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Higginbotham, George, World War II Letter
1943, 1 folder

Copy of letter written by Higginbotham to his father while he was stationed in Italy during World War II.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Family and Personal Papers

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High Acres Landscape Plan
ca. 1929, 1 item

High Acres was the Dayton home built for the President of the Rike-Kumler Department Store, Frederick Rike, and his wife Ethel in 1929. It was designed by Cleveland architects Meade and Hamilton and the grounds were designed by Dayton landscape architect Samuel D. Zehrung. This collection consists of one oversize plan of the grounds. The plan is signed by Zehrung. It is located in oversize storage.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry, Arts, Local History

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Hiles, Anna, 1913 Flood Postcard Collection
1913 (36 items)

This collection contains 36 postcards, two of which are addressed and dated April and June, 1913. The two addressed cards are interesting in that the writer briefly discusses some routine events, e.g. a friend's visit, very soon after the flood. Anna Hiles was the flood survivor who collected these cards. The collection was donated by her grandson, Jeffrey.

Subject Area(s): 1913 Flood History, Family and Personal Papers, Local History

MS-28

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Hill, Leonard, Local History Collection
1754-1971 (bulk 1838-1904), 0.25 lin. ft.

The local history collection of Leonard Hill includes a variety of 19th century events and topics related to Piqua area history. Included are an early 19th century farmer's diary by John B. Miller, a Miami and Erie Canal log book by foreman James R. Spencer, and an 1862 Union soldier's diary recounting two months following the battle at Richmond, Kentucky in which he had been captured, paroled and returned to Union custody, north of Columbus, Ohio. In addition, various clippings and magazine articles pertaining to local history and genealogy are included.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Railroad and Canal History, Local History

MS-51

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Historic Almanacs Collection
1814-1955 (bulk 1861-1949), 0.75 lin. ft. (73 items)

This is a collection of 73 agricultural, medicinal, and family almanacs. Over half the collection consists of The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanac (24 issues) and Agricultural Almanac (16 issues), among others. Of local note are Kimmel & Rice's Almanac (Dayton, 1894) and A. L. Scovill & Co.'s Farmers and Mechanics Almanac (Cincinnati, 1868).

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Medical History

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Historic American Engineering Record: Veterans Memorial Bridge
2008

This collection contains the 2008 report of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) report on the Veterans Memorial Bridge (also known as the Edwin Moses Bridge) located in Dayton, Ohio. The document is the official bound archival copy which contains a description, brief history, bibliography and 13 photographs documenting the history of this structure.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local History

MS-33

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Historic Business Letterheads Collection
1885-1908, .5 lin. ft.

A collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century business letters, primarily written to the O.S. Kelly Company in Springfield, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local History

MS-443

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Historic South Park Incorporated Records
1977-2009 (bulk 1984-1998), 4.85 lin. ft.

The collection includes organizational documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs and physical memorabilia related to the South Park Historic District of Dayton, Ohio, and the group responsible for managing it, Historic South Park, Incorporated, formerly the South Park Improvement Council. Correspondence is divided into incoming and outgoing, to keep original order of collection. Records are incomplete, as fire destroyed nearly all records before 1980.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History

MS-87

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Historic Theater Collection
1925-1978, 2 lin. ft.

A miscellaneous collection of theater programs from several American cities.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Local History

SC-232

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History of NACA/NASA Rotating-Wing Aircraft Research, 1915-1970
1971, 1 folder

Copy of a history of NACA/NASA Rotating-Wing aircraft research written by Frederic Gustafson.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-444

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Hobart, William, Papers
1880-2010 (bulk 1960-2010), 6 lin. ft.

The William Hobart Papers document the evolution of a company from its beginnings as a small family-owned business based out of Troy, Ohio, into a substantial national foodservice and food retail industry. The collection covers important landmarks such as acquisitions, documents the Hobart brothers family life, the Hobart Institute of Technology, and Troy community development directly related to the Hobart's contributions. The collection includes personal Hobart family papers, company related papers, correspondence, photographs, blueprints, sketches, pamphlets, financial records, employee records, and certificates.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History

MS-419

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Hobson, David (Congressman), Collection
1982-2009 (Bulk 1992-2006), 140 lin. ft.

The Congressman David Hobson Papers document the 26-year political career of David Hobson, who served as a U.S. Congressman for the Ohio Seventh District from 1990 to 2008, as well as having served in the Ohio Senate from 1982 to 1990. The records were transferred to the Special Collections and Archives in November of 2008. The papers contain a wide-variety of material, including the following: voting records, House of Representatives legislation and committee records, constituent correspondence, speeches, radio show transcripts, thank you letters, photographs, audio-visual material, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Local History

MFM-51

Hodapp Funeral Home Records
1903-1954, 2 reels

Consists of ten volumes of indexed records from a Cincinnati funeral home.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-361

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Hoener, Richard, Collection
1920-1990 (Bulk 1940-1960), 8.80 lin. ft.

This collection consists of personal correspondence, publications and photographs related to Richard Hoener's work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The collection also contains publications related to aviation and memorabilia that he has collected over the years.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History

MS-578

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Hofferbert, Esther Leona, Miami Valley Hospital Scrapbooks
1952-2016, 1 lin. ft.

Esther Leona Hofferbert was a registered nurse, psychologist, and nursing home administrator in Dayton and Xenia for over 40 years in the late 20th century. She was a graduate of the Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing and spent much of her professional career at Miami Valley Hospital as well. The collection consists of 3 scrapbooks focused primarily on the activities of the Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association and, to a lesser extent, the life and work of Hofferbert herself.

Subject Area(s): Medical History, Local History, Women, Education and Local Schools

MS-401

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Hollst, Todd, Baseball Collection
1898-2002, 3 lin. ft.

This Dayton baseball memorabilia collection contains ticket stubs, programs, letters, photographs, team promotional items, and several artifacts representing Dayton baseball teams from as early as 1910 through 2002.

Subject Area(s): Local Sports, Local History

MS-306

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Holsinger, Edith, Papers
1958-1987, 5 lin. ft.

Edith Holsinger was an English teacher, teaching at both Fairmont West High School and Barnes Jr. High School. In 1964, Holsinger aided in the creation of the Kettering Teachers Union and was an active participant until her retirement. The collection consists of administration papers, newsletters, and personal correspondence.

Subject Area(s): Labor Unions, Politics, Women, Education and Local Schools, Local History

MFM-55

Holy Trinity Church Records
1882-1922, 1 reel

Consists of one volume of the parish register which lists baptisms, marriages, confirmations, burials, and communion. Holy Trinity Church is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Religion

MS-504

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Hooper, Paul L., Jr., Papers
1956, 1970-1989, 0.25 lin. ft.

Lecture notes, and research document the work of Paul L. Hooper, Jr., an aerospace engineer who studied human powered flight, soaring and gliding, and designs for low cost export fighters while at M.I.T. and the United States Air Force.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History

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Hooven & Allison Industries, Xenia, Ohio
Unknown, 1 folder

Various office cards used by Hooven & Allison Company's clinic. Also contains a six-page booklet on the history and evolution of the intubation process.

Subject Area(s): Medical History

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Hoover, Lewis S., M.D., Collection
1893-1916, .5 lin. ft.

Dr. Lewis Hoover graduated from Starling Medical College in 1874. He practiced in Laura, Ohio, for twenty years and was a member of the Miami County Medical Society. The collection consists of records of his house calls and fees, birth certificates, and a personal diary.

Subject Area(s): Medical History, Local History

MFM-50

Hopewell / Montgomery Presbyterian Church Records
1821-1894, 1 reel

The collection for this Cincinnati area church includes nine volumes of church records consisting of meeting minutes, membership lists, and financial records.

Subject Area(s): Religion

MS-600

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Houser, John, Aviation Prints
1959-1969, 0.25 lin. ft.

The collection contains three different sets of aviation art prints collected by John Houser: 10 prints from the Phillips Petroleum Company Historical Aviation Reprints of WWI and WWII aircraft, circa 1960s; 4 prints from the Edo Floater Collector Series depicting floatplanes from 1929 and 1933; and 42 offset lithographs of WWI planes and pilots from the Leach Corporation Heritage of the Air Collection copyrighted from 1959-1969.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, World War I, World War II

MS-203

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Hubbell, Charles, Collection
1941-1952, 1 lin. ft.

Collection includes illustrations of early aircraft drawn by illustrator, Charles Hubbell.

Subject Area(s): Aviation

MS-333

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Huffman Prairie Chapter AAHS Records
1990-present, 1.5 lin. ft.

The Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society is a Dayton area organization of aviation historians and enthusiasts. MS-333 consists of meeting announcements, newsletters, correspondence, minutes, transcripts and videos of program speakers, membership lists and member biographies.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History

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Hunn, Charles A., Collection
1917-1976, 1 folder

Collection consists of photos and paperwork relating to Charles Hunn's time in the Army guarding the Mexican border during World War I and his career as a commercial artist.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Photographic Collections, Aviation, World War I, Local History

MS-159

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Hutchins, C.T., Papers
1917-1939, 2.5 lin. ft.

C.T. Hutchins was an advertising executive with the Goodyear Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, who had an interest in lighter than-air-aviation. His papers include personal and family letters, photographs, cards, news clippings, and memorabilia pertaining to early aviation. Of particular interest is material on the Goodyear-Zeppelin christening in Akron in 1931, and a folder pertaining to Amelia Earhart's visit to Akron in 1929.

Subject Area(s): Aviation