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Purdue Air Race Classic Team papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 54
The Purdue Air Race Classic Team papers (1994-2005; 1 cubic feet) document the Purdue Air Race Classic teams’ involvement in the race.  The papers feature Purdue Air Race Classic team photographs, clippings, correspondence, general race information; including participant lists and race results, Purdue team updates provided throughout the races and Air Race Classic programs which document Purdue’s involvement in the races from 1994 – 2005.  Some of the miscellaneous materials include a pamphlet from the “Round the World Air Race,” which features Margaret Ringenberg, a flyer announcing Putnam County Flying Service, “Pam’s Place,” and correspondence, photographs, and press material from Sheila von Geyso to Professor Mary Ann Eiff and Dr. Gary Eiff, in regards to bronze bust of aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart, created by von Geyso, upon Earhart’s 100th anniversary, September 15, 1995.  There are also obituaries for Amelia Earhart’s mechanic, Ruckins McKneely Jr. and Earhart’s sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey.  The papers also contain numerous clippings about the tragic plane crash that occurred at the Purdue Airport in September 1997, which killed Purdue Air Race Classic team member, Julie Swengel, fellow student, Anthony Kinkade and their instructor, Jeremy Sanborn.  Included are Sanborn’s and Swengel’s memorial booklets. The materials were provided by Mary Ann Eiff, Purdue assistant professor of Aviation Technology and faculty adviser for Purdue Women in Aviation.  The papers are organized into 7 series and each is in chronological order:

Dates

  • 1994-2005
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/11/2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

© Purdue University

Extent

1.00 Cubic Feet

2 mss boxes other_unmapped

Abstract

The papers feature Purdue Air Race Classic team photographs, clippings, correspondence, general race information; including participant lists and race results, Purdue team updates provided throughout the races and Air Race Classic programs which document Purdue’s involvement in the races from 1994 – 2005.  The papers also contain numerous clippings about the tragic plane crash that occurred at the Purdue Airport in September 1997, which killed Purdue Air Race Classic team member, Julie Swengel, fellow student, Anthony Kinkade and their instructor, Jeremy Sanborn.  Included are Sanborn’s and Swengel’s memorial booklets. The materials were provided by Mary Ann Eiff, Purdue assistant professor of Aviation Technology and faculty adviser for Purdue Women in Aviation.

Arrangement Note

1.  Purdue’s First Air Race Classic Team – Krystal Lewis and Heather Penney, 1994 (0.25 cubic feet).  This series documents the first year Purdue had a team in the Air Race Classic.  There are 23 team and race related photographs, clippings from local newspapers, newsletters and magazines.  Also included are correspondence, race lists, updates, results and an Air Race Classic program.  A few miscellaneous items are also contained in this series, such as a pamphlet from the “Round the World Air Race,” which features Margaret Ringenberg and a transparency with the race route and callout for participants. 2.  Purdue’s Second Air Race Classic Team – Krystal Lewis and Lauren Nicholson, 1995 (0.125 cubic feet).  Contained in this series are 8 team and race related photographs, numerous clippings, correspondence and a detailed race report from the team.  Also included are race result information and updates, press materials, donor correspondence and donation thank-you letters and an Air Race Classic program.  Miscellaneous items are also found in this series; a flyer announcing Putnam County Flying Service, “Pam’s Place” and correspondence, photographs, and press material from Sheila von Geyso to Professor Mary Ann Eiff and Dr. Gary Eiff, in regards to bronze bust of aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart, created by von Geyso, upon Earhart’s 100th anniversary, September 15, 1995. 3.  Purdue’s Third Air Race Classic Team – Lauren Nicholson and Jackie Battipaglia, Winners of Air Race Classic, 1996 (0.125 cubic feet). This series features Purdue’s third team and the winners of the 1996 Air Race Classic.  Included are clippings from numerous local newspapers, newsletters and a front cover feature in The International Women Pilots Magazine, general race information, race updates and an Air Race Classic program.   4.  Purdue’s Fourth Air Race Classic Team – Jacqueline Battipaglia and Julie Swendel, 1997 and Plane Crash at Purdue Airport, September, 1997 (0.08 cubic feet).  In this series are a Purdue Aviation Technology memorandum and Air Race Classic planning notes, cards with the race route, clippings and a race program.  This series also contains numerous clippings about the tragic plane crash that occurred at the Purdue Airport in September 1997, which killed Purdue Air Race Classic team member, Julie Swengel, fellow student, Anthony Kinkade and their instructor, Jeremy Sanborn.  Included are Sanborn’s and Swengel’s memorial booklets and correspondence sent from Purdue Air Race Classic donors after the accident. 5.  Purdue’s fifth Air Race Classic Team – Amanda Zerr and Raegan Frazier, Rookie Award Winners, 1998 (0.08 cubic feet).  Included are an Air Race Classic newsletter, card with race route, clippings about the Purdue team and their race updates, general race information, banquet program and an Air Race Classic program.  Also included are 1 year anniversary newspaper clippings honoring those killed in the Purdue Airport plane crash in 1997.  Miscellaneous items include an obituary for Amelia Earhart’s mechanic, Ruckins McKneely Jr. and Earhart’s sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey. 6.  Purdue’s 2004 Air Race Classic Team – Tina Lukas and Allison Martin, 2004 (0.08 cubic feet).  This series only contains one newspaper clipping about the team from the local J

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mary Ann Eiff, November 26, 2007.

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

multi-part note content

Processing Information

Materials have been placed in chronological order.  All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.  All newsprint has been photocopied and original newspaper clippings have been retained for display purposes, with photocopies made available for research.
Title
Purdue Air Race Classic Team papers
Author
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Collection identifier updated from UA 22.02 to UA 54 as of December 8, 2016.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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