George Hardie Papers, 1880-2001

Summary Information

Title: George Hardie Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1880-2001

  • Hardie, George, 1912-2001
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 65

  • 29 cubic ft. (44 boxes including 1 record album)
  • 38 audio cassettes
  • 28 audio reels
  • 2 microfilm reels
  • 872 nitrate negatives
  • 9 oversize folders
  • 1 roll
  • 1 videocassette
  • 98 digital files (21.19 GB)

Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

This collection contains personal materials of Milwaukee area aviation historian, enthusiast, and collector George Hardie. Hardie's passion for aviation began at a young age with his collection ranging from materials on airplane model building, to aircraft design and construction in the jet age. The significant areas of the collection focus on General "Billy" Mitchell, early Wisconsin aviator John Kaminski, the American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), of which Hardie was a founding member. Also included is extensive material on early aviation in Wisconsin, which includes information about Alfred Lawson, who was the founder of the Lawson Aircraft Company, and said to have built the first airliner in the world. Much of the material in these areas include correspondence between Hardie and prominent figures in aviation, as well as other aviation enthusiasts, and numerous aviation photographs.

Language: English

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