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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 Ed to Dan [Hungerford].Letter110 06
Letter from Otto Kohl of the Curtiss Museum to Daniel Hungerford, July 11, 1961.Letter11007
Letter from Sherwin Murphy to Daniel Hungerford, January 9, 1962.Letter11008
Letter from Paul Wilson to Otto Kohl of the Curtiss Museum, October 20, 1963.Letter11101
Letter from Keith Marvin to Daniel Hungerford, May 24, 1964.Letter11102
Letter from James Bradley of the Detroit Public Library to Keith Marvin, June 9, 1964.Letter11103
Letter from J.E. Botsford to Dan [Hungerford], January 20, 1966.Letter 11104
Letter from Otto Kohl of the Curtiss Museum to John Sherman, July 13, 1966.Letter 11105
Letter from John Sherman to Otto Kohl of the Curtiss Museum, July 23, 1966.Letter11106
Letter from Otto Kohl of the Curtiss Museum to Dan [Hungerford], August 1, 1966.Letter11107
Letter from John Sherman to Otto Kohl of the Curtiss Museum, August 9, 1966.Letter11108
Letter from Mello Gill of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation to Daniel Hungerford, September 19, 1966.Letter11109
Letter from Wilson Fleming to Daniel Hungerford, November 2, 1966.Letter11110
Letter from Thomas Banfield, Village Manager of Horseheads, to Daniel Hungerford, November 21, 1966.Letter11111
Letter from Governor George Romney of Michigan to Daniel Hungerford, December 5, 1966.Letter11112
Letter from John Robert McIntosh to Daniel Hungerford, December 27, 1966.Letter 11113
Letter from Merril Stickler of the Curtiss Museum to Geoffrey N. Stein of the New York State Museum, March 30, 1979.Letter11201
Letter from Frank Winter of the National Air and Space Museum to Geoffrey N. Stein of the New York State Museum, July 16, 1979.Letter11202
Letter from Geoffrey N. Stein of the New York State Museum to Keith Marvin, August 10, 1979. Letter11203
Letter from Daniel S. Dwyer to Keith Marvin, September 18, 1978.Letter11204
Letter from Peg Gallagher of the Elmira Star-Gazette to Mr. Saltsman, February 7, 1980. Letter112 05
Letter from Mitchell R. Sharpe to Keith Marvin, June 16, 1980.Letter11206
Letter from Mitchell Sharpe to Keith Marvin, July 1, 1980.Letter11207
Letter from Mitchell Sharpe to Keith Marvin, July 8, 1980.Letter11208
Letter from Keith Marvin to Daniel S. Dwyer, August 22, 1985.Letter11209
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