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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)

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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Form letter from Daniel Hungerford soliciting donations for a new project, no date. Letter10406
Contract for the sale of the Hungerford rocket car to Ralph Hodge, June 6, 1964.Documents10407
Aircraft registration for an airplane previously owned by Daniel Hungerford. Documents10408
Smith's handwritten transcript of Elmira Aeroplane Exhibition Corporation, June 24, 1921. Document10409
Burial records from Woodlawn Cemetery relating to the Hungerfords. Document10410
Smith's handwritten transcript of the contract for sale of the Leon D. Smith Airport. Documents10411
Description of a rotary explosive motor from an application for a patent.Documents10412
Page of handwritten notes.Documents10501
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to the Elmira City Council regarding plans for improvements to the city's snow plows.Letter10502
Letter from Harold to Dan [Hungerford] concerning a radio broadcast on WELM, no date. Letter10503
Smith's notes on John Albee.Documents10504
Letter from Malcome Wilson to Russell Shaw of the National Aeronautic Association of U.S.A. concerning an exhibition in Elmira, March 30, 1923.Letter10505
Letter from Russell Shaw of the National Aeronautic Association to Daniel Hungerford, March 27, 1923.Letter10506
Letter from Bill to Dan [Hungerford], November 4, 1923.Letter10507
Letter from Bill to Dan [Hungerford], no date. Letter10508
Letter from Joseph Farrell to Dan [Hungerford], February 11, 1942.Letter10509
Letter to Mrs. Ethel Coon from Daniel Hungerford concerning the Famous Cecil Burley Wheel, February 18, 1952. Letter10510
Letter from Daniel Hungerfield, May 12, 1958. Letter10511
Letter to Dr. Van Brawn from Daniel and Floyd Hungerford, December 28, 1958. Letter10512
Letter from Daniel Hungerford, July 15, 1960. Letter10513
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to the promotional manager of the New York Journal of Aeronautics, December 8, 1960. Letter10514
Letter to Clyde Cochran from Daniel Hungerford, December 8, 1960. Letter10515
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Mrs. Dion, July 25, 1961. Letter10516
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Popular Science Monthly, August 2, 1961.Letter10517
Letter to William Dion from Daniel Hungerford, August 31, 1961.Letter 10518
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