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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleCL 126 Hungerford Brothers CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/5/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were compiled by David Smith as part of his research for a documentary on the Hungerford brothers.  He donated the material to the Booth Library in 2004.
Terms:Aeronautical engineers; Aeronautics in astronomy; Aeronautical museums; Aeronautics--exhibitions; Aeronautics--history; Aeronautics--patents; Air pilots; Astronomy; Elmira (N.Y.); Housing; Mechanical engineering; Rocket engines; Rockets (Aeronautics)
Historical:

Daniel Hungerford- Daniel Hungerford was born on August 14, 1886 in the town of Wells in Bradford County, PA.  He came to Elmira, NY in 1907 and in 1909 he and his younger brother Floyd opened up a garage and mechanic shop at 823 West Second Street.  On August 7, 1918, Daniel married Jessie Hopkins. The couple eventually had one daughter named Shirely Lois.  Daniel Hungerford died at age 80 on April 9, 1967.

Despite their lack of a high school education, the Hungerford brothers were brilliant inventors in fields ranging from aeronautics and rocketry to astronomy and snow plows.  In 1909, they built the first airplane to fly in Elmira and, in 1929, they built their most famous invention, America's first successful rocket-propelled car which they called "Shirely Lois, Moon Girl" after Daniel's daughter. 

Scope:This collection contains photocopies of newspaper articles and Daniel Hungerford's personal correspondence, compact disks with images of the Hungerfords and their inventions, and letters concerning the disposition of the rocket car following Hungerford's death.  The newspaper articles primarily concern Daniel Hungerford's inventions and his eviction from his home in 1966.  They range in date from 1914 to 1981, with the bulk of the articles coming from the 1930's and the 1960's.  The personal correspondence ranges in date from 1933 to 1967, with the bulk of the letters dating from the 1960's.  The images on the CD's were scanned from various collections throughout the United States and are stored in both TIFF and JPEG formats.  The collection of correspondence oertaining to the ultimate disposition of the rocket car dates from 1979 to 1995 and involves communications between various museums, researchers and lawyers. 
Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1914-1995
AbstractThis collection consists of notes and photocopies of original documents made by David Smith while working on his documentary on the Hungerford brothers.


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Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Miss Sullivan of the Elmira Star-Gazette, Januasry 10, 1962.Letter10601
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Sherman Murphy, January 12, 1962.Letter10602
Letter from Daniel and Floyd Hungerford to Otto Kohl of the Curtiss Museum, February 3, 1962. Letter10603
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Mr. Herman, September 20, 1962.Letter 10604
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Mr. Herman, September 27, 1962.Letter10605
Smith's notes on the Hungerford brothers.Documents10606
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, January 15, 1964.Letter10701
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, April 7, 1964. Letter10702
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, May 18, 1964.Letter10703
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, May 20, 1964.Letter10704
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, May 22, 1964.Letter 10705
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, May 26, 1964.Letter10706
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, May 28, 1964.Letter 10707
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, June 1, 1964.Letter10708
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, June 6, 1964.Letter10709
Letters from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, June 12 and 16, 1964.Letter10710
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, June 24, 1964.Letter10711
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, August 2, 1964.Letter10712
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, August 13, 1964.Letter10713
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to the editor of the Troy Record, August 13, 1964. Letter10713
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, August 24, 1964.Letter10714
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Marvin, August 28, 1964.Letter10715
Letter from Daniel Hungerford, November 24, 1964. Letter10716
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Edward Redding, December 16, 1964.Letter10717
Letter to Daniel Hungerford from Joseph Crupi of the Ford Motor Company engineering and research division, September 16, 1965. Letter10801
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