Guide to the Letain Thom Kittredge Papers

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Guide to the Letain Thom Kittredge Papers 1919/1981

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Letain Thom Kittredge Papers
Dates: 1919-1981
Identification: MS-0139
Creator: Kittredge, Letain Thom, 1888-1981
Physical Description: 0.21 linear ft
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

A naval aviation officer during World War I, Kittredge was assigned to San Diego in 1917 as a flight instructor at North Island. Resigning his commission in 1922, he joined the staff of the San Diego High School and served as a wood shop instructor until his retirement in 1948. An active outdoorsman, rafter, boater, hiker, and parachute jumper, Kittredge built a boat named "Hobo" in the 1950s and sailed it to Alaska.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Topical Term:

Hiking--California--Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Naval aviation--California--San Diego

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Letain Thom Kittredge Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of photocopies of published materials relating to U. S. Naval aviation in World War I, especially around San Diego. There is also a photocopy of an unpublished manuscript written by Kittredge about his backpacking adventures in the High Sierras with burros, and his obituary.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Flying Officers, U. S. Navy 1919

Box 1, Folder 2

U. S. Naval Aviation, 1910-1970

Box 1, Folder 3

National Air and Space Museum materials

Box 1, Folder 4

Aviation Review, 1921

Box 1, Folder 5

U. S. Navy Aircraft since 1911

Box 1, Folder 6

Aviation Review, 1921

Box 1, Folder 7

Manuscript photocopy, hiking narrative

Box 1, Folder 8

Newspaper clipping, "Hobo heads north"

Box 1, Folder 9

Obituary, 1981