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Jacqueline Kruper Women in Aviation papers and rare books

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 187

Scope and Contents

The Jacqueline Kruper Women in Aviation papers and rare books (1927-2015; 3.45 cubic feet) give a glimpse into the lives of key aviatrices in the earliest years of flight, along with pioneer aviators. The ephemera includes magazine advertisements from 1943, which provide a unique look into how women aviators were portrayed during the 1940s. The papers also include Jacqueline Kruper’s writings for Woman Pilot magazine, and book reviews for Minerva: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military, and H-Minerva, H-Net Reviews. Types of materials include: advertisements, articles, books, book reviews, booklets, and aviation magazines. Please see pdf finding aid for list of books.


  • 1927-2015
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1991-2009
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/05/2017


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University per deed of gift, and books per respective copyright

Biographical / Historical

Jacqueline Kruper is an independent researcher and private pilot. She has written articles for Woman Pilot, and provided book reviews for the Minerva Society for the Study of Women and War: H-Net and MINERVA: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military.

Source: Material within the papers


3.45 Cubic Feet

1 small flat_box

43 Volumes


This collection includes rare books and ephemera related to women in aviation and its pioneers. Also includes writings and book reviews by Jacqueline Kruper on women in aviation.

Arrangement Note

The papers are arranged into two series:

Series 1. Advertisements and Writings, 1943-2015 (0.45 cubic feet). Within the series are unique advertisements featuring women aviators taken from the October 1943 issue of Ladies Home Journal. The ads are for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco (Camel™ cigarettes) and Cutex™ fingernail polish.

Also found here are four articles written by Kruper for Woman Pilot, along with 3 book reviews she wrote for the Minerva Center for Women and the Military: The Minerva Center, Inc. is a non-profit educational foundation founded in 1983 to provide information and inspiration to military women and women veterans and supported scholars, journalists, filmmakers, public policy activists and others engaged in the study of women and war.

This series also contains a small booklet about the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), often referred to as “flygirls,” and a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 2015 member calendar.

Materials in the series are arranged by type of material and chronologically within each grouping.

Series 2. Books, 1927-2009 (3 cubic feet). The book collection is comprised of 43 rare books related to pioneer women aviators; women aviators and World War II; “Aviation: A history through art;” the poster collection of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum; “Mr. Piper” of Piper Aircraft; Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh; Jeanna Yeager and Dick Rutan (Voyager), among others. Some of the books focus on aviatrixes Amelia Earhart, Harriet Quimby, Beryl Markham, Jacqueline Cochran; Evelyn Bryan Johnson (flight instructor), Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Jeanna Yeager. Pioneer aviators featured in the books are Charles Lindbergh, Harold F. Pitcairn, Denys Finch Hatton, William Piper, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Louis Bleriot, and Dick Rutan.

The books have been cataloged and added to Purdue’s Karnes Archives and Special Collections. The finding aid lists the titles and publication information, and they appear in chronological order. Some are first editions and/or have been signed by the authors, and these are duly noted in the records.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jacqueline Kruper, May 29, 2015

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

George Palmer Putnam collection of Amelia Earhart papers: Amelia Earhart at Purdue papers: Doris Hurt Powers papers:

Clifford W. Henderson Collection on the National Air Races:

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.  The books have been cataloged and added to Purdue’s Archives and Special Collections.
Jacqueline Kruper Women in Aviation papers and rare books
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States