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Clarence Frank Cornish papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2023-089

Content Description

Seven cubic foot archival boxes and two flat manuscript boxes of letters, correspondence, photographs, awards and certificates, flight logs and aviator textiles and goggles, newspaper clippings, and artifacts documenting Clarence "Cap" Frank Cornish's air training and service during World War One, his service at Army Air Forces Headquarters during World War Two, his work for the Aeronautics Commission of Indiana, his participation in several aeronautical organizations, and his role in the development aeronautics and aviation in the Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Indiana, and through his service at Army Air Forces Headquarters during World War Two.

Acquisition Type



This collection was donated to Purdue University Archives January 31, 2020 by Clarence Cornish's daughter, Ruth Ann Ingraham.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1910 - 1997



9.00 Cubic Feet (7 cubic foot and 2 flat archival boxes)


Box 1: Aeronautics Commission of Indiana correspondence, reports, photographs, desk diary, speeches, and related papers, 1940-1953, Box 2: World War Two related papers included military service materials, Army Air Forces Headquarters records and related correspondence, reports and publications, photographs, and correspondence related to Fort Wayne, Indiana aeronautics, 1940-1945, Box 3: Clarence Frank Cornish ("CFC") biographical binders/albums and files, binders include original documents such as correspondence, photographs, clippings, and documents, included are CFC Binder 1, 1945-1996, Binder 2 1933-1945, Binder 3 1910-1936, and CFC Miscellaneous binder, 1978-1993, 1910-1996, Box 4: Documents and publications related aeronautical and aviation organizations including the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Indianapolis Aero Club, Quiet Birdmen, American Association of Airport Executives, OX5 Aviation Pioneers, U.S. Air Services Officer Reserve Corps, also Cornish's Fort Wayne High School yearbook (1917), school books ,and a contemporary publication about Madge Rutherford Minton and Women Air Force Pilots, 1917-1997, Box 5: Clarence Frank Cornish biographical files, Box 6: Clarence Frank Cornish letters home to his mother, 1917-1918, biographical files, and documents related to airshow events and races, Box 7: Awards and certificates, aviation stamps and first day covers, military service certificates including 1918 completion of School of Military Aeronautics course, a small box with various military service uniform bars, medals, citations, US Army Air Forces kits and survival booklets, 2 flight goggles and a pair of leather aviator gloves, Wright Airfield photograph, signed aviator cap (aeronautics commission director related), pilots log books, and service member flag and plaque for home front, 2 aviation related address directories, 1918 - 1959, Box 8: Guinness Book of Records certificate and related papers, 2 page photo album with N5435J aircraft undated, 1995-1996, Box 9: Newspapers, certificates, and photographs including two Indiana Council of the Sagamores of the Wabash certificates, 1978 and 1992, Chicago and Southern Airlines award, photograph of American Boy Scout Troup Fort Wayne 1910, a rolled copy of a 1945 document, and World War Two newspapers related to declaration of war, 1910-1992.