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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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Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Ed and Helen, August 26, 1966. Letter10802
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to the Elmira Board of Elections, September 3, 1966.Letter10803
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Reverend Henry Budd, September 26, 1966. Letter10804
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Reverend Henry Budd, September 28, 1966.Letter10805
Letter from Daniel Hungerford, September 28, 1966.Letter10806
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Mechanics Illustrated, September 30, 1966. Letter10807
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Harry Steven Sekella, October 2, 1966. Letter10901
Letter from Dan [Hungerford] to Tom, October 8, 1966.Letter10902
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Mrs. Canedy, October 10, 1966.Letter10903
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, October 18, 1966.Letter10904
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Congressman Powell, October 19, 1966. Letter10905
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, October 20, 1966. Letter10906
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Clifford Towner of the Corning Leader, October 22, 1966.Letter 10907
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Keith Richardson of Conelectronics Inc., October 27, 1966.Letter10908
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to William Fleming, October 29, 1966.Letter10909
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Clifford Towner, November 1, 1966.Letter10910
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Klaus Feuchtwanger, November 2, 1966.Letter10911
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Thomas Banfield, Village Manager of Horseheads, December 9, 1966.Letter10912
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Governor George Romney of Michigan, December 12, 1966.Letter10913
Letter from Daniel Hungerford, December 22, 1966.Letter10914
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Robert John McIntosh, January 5, 1967. Letter10915
Letter from Daniel Hungerford to Harry Bright, February 1, 1967.Letter10916
Letter from Buck Rogers to Daniel Hungerford, December 29, 1933.Letter 11001
Letter from George Wheelock to Daniel Hungerford, March 17, 1942.Letter11002
Letter from the American Industrial Arts Association to Daniel Hungerford.Letter11004
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