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William P. Duncan papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 500

Scope and Contents

The William P. Duncan papers document Duncan'a undergraduate education at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation and his graduate school work at Purdue University in the School of Education. Also included are papers from his early years as a Purdue University instructor in the Aviation Technician Program, Technical Institutes, Division of Technical Extension, along with the Purdue Aeronautics Corporation maintenance manual and the revisions it went through from 1956-1958.

Duncan later served as the Head of Purdue's Aviation Technology Department, but those papers are not represented here.

Types of materials include: coursework, educational tests and measurements, exams, lecture notes, manuals, notebooks, papers, photographs, reports, and syllabi.


  • 1951 - 1994
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1951 - 1959


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by heirs of William P. Duncan.

Biographical Information

William P. Duncan was born on August 13, 1933 in Palestine, IL to Fay and Irma Duncan. He graduated from Robinson (Illinois) High School and the University of Illinois. Duncan's love of aviation brought him to Purdue University in 1957 where he taught aviation technology, and in 1981 he became the head of Purdue's Aviation Technology Department.


1.988 Cubic Feet (Three letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, one letter-size half-width manuscript box, and two flat boxes)


The papers are organized into two series.
  1. Education
  2. Purdue University Employment

Physical Access Information

Some of the papers have foxing residue. Care should be taken while handling the papers.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased in 2013.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. Polyester sleeves were used where warranted.
William P. Duncan papers
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Mary A. Sego
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Second edition. Collection description first completed 2017-04-08.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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