Archives / Collections
facet of the WAHF mission statement
states "collect and preserve the history of aviation in Wisconsin".
That is certainly a daunting task for an all-volunteer organization but
one that our founders believed in and worked at long before the Hall of
Fame came into being.
Books, pamphlets, scrapbooks, news
clips, government documents, audio tapes, photos, prints, slides,
negatives including CD and DVD collections, plus hundreds of data files
on aviation history make up the WAHF archives.
(photo by Michael Goc)
the research and writing of the book, Forward in Flight, a
History of Aviation in Wisconsin, much material was
collected. Thousands of interviews, photos, drawings, posters,
scrapbooks, and other primary source material serve as the archives'
foundation. Secondary sources within the archives include thousands of
newspaper clippings, hundreds of books, and untold magazines. In
addition, collections consisting of memorabilia, relics, artifacts, and
other materials give WAHF what may be the most comprehensive aviation
historical archive in Wisconsin. Other collections are certainly
larger, none is as broad-based.
other words, the WAHF archives do not contain everything about
Wisconsin aviation history, nor do we have everything on any one person
or subject, but we do have a little bit of information on just about
every facet of our state's aviation history.
archives continues to grow on an almost daily basis. Our most recent
acquisitions include manuscripts, photos, slides, World War I
memorabilia, videotapes, CDs and DVDs.
The collections portion of the WAHF archives is what makes our archives
unique. Beginning before the organization was formed, our founders were
gathering materials that serve today as the basis of our collections.
The soliciting and gathering of suitable material continues today.
are donated by WAHF inductees and others. Materials come to us from
throughout Wisconsin and beyond our borders. Materials are both large
and small in size, scope and value. All collected items are cataloged
and preserved to meet one goal of the WAHF mission statement.
If you have items that you would like to donate (or loan) to the
Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame please contact Rose Dorcey at
920-385-1483. The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame is registered as a
501(c)(3) organization for tax purposes.