The Descriptive Finding Guide for the Harry H. Haw Personal Papers SDASM.SC.10065

Alan Renga
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego 92101

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Title: Harry H. Haw Personal Papers
source: Haw, Harry H.
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10065
Physical Description: 0.22 Cubic Feet One 2.5”x10”x15.5” horizontal standing box
Date (inclusive): 1894-1981
Abstract: Harry Haw served the U.S. Army as a pilot in the 514th Observation Squadron from 1917 to about 1930, after which he became a civilian transport pilot before moving to San Diego, CA, and becoming a science teacher. This Collection relates to his life in aviation.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

Preferred Citation

[Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in this collection were donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 1983.

Biographical / Historical

First Lieutenant Harry H. Haw was born in 1894 in Wisconsin. Harry Haw served in the U.S. Army in the 514th Observation Squadron. He entered the U.S. Army in 1917 and became a First Lieutenant in 1930. He became a civilian Transport Pilot by 1930 and had logged 789 flying hours by 1934. He then moved to San Diego, California and went to College of the Pacific and received a Master’s Degree from Stanford. After college he got his first job as a general science and biology teacher at Point Loma High and later at La Jolla High. He then served a long career as an elementary school principal. He passed away in 1981.

Scope and Contents

The collection uses one 2.5”x10”x15.5” horizontal standing box. Pictures, military records, flight records, correspondence (military/personal), and a manuscript. File folders, archival paper, archival picture and page sleeves were used to protect fragile materials. Materials are arranged by type and in their groups, by date. The documents in the collection depict events in the military and flight careers of Harry H. Haw.

Related Materials

Harry Haw Log Book, Oct 1918 – Dec 1933, LB 151 (2 books).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Piper J-3 Cub
Consolidated PT-1 Trusty
Consolidated PT-3
Curtiss JN-4 Jenny
Haw, Harry H.
United States. Army Reserve
514th Observation Squadron
Bowlus Sailplane Company


Box 01


Folder 01 - Pictures

Physical Description: Folder contains 65 photographs of Harry Haw, family, and friends.

Folder 02 - Individual Flight Records

Physical Description: Folder contains the individual flight records of Haw from the War Department Air Corps from January 1931-June 1933, one set being his flight time as an observer or passenger and the other being his flight time as a passenger and a pilot.

Folder 03 - First Provisional Training Group U.S. Army AIR-RES Active Duty

Physical Description: Folder contains a packet that includes photographs of the group with, names, assignments and other information about the group.

Folder 04 - Military Documents

Physical Description: Folder contains correspondence from the War Department and other military sources. Other items included in the folder are other military documents concerning Haws military service from 1929-1941.

Folder 05 - Flight School Curriculum

Physical Description: Folder contains the curriculum use at Gossport School.

Folder 06 – Manuscript “Has anybody here seen a sailplane?”

Physical Description: Folder contains a three-page manuscript of an article about sailplanes. The document is not labeled, but the manuscript discusses sailplanes, gliders, some history and materials used to construct them. It also mentions three types of gliders used in San Diego during the author’s time, most likely the early 1900s.

Folder 07 - Newspaper Clippings

Physical Description: Folder contains newspaper clippings about Haw and the 514th Observation Squadron.

Folder 08 - Correspondence

Physical Description: Folder contains letters from various sources related to Haw’s life outside of the military. Department of Commerce Aeronautics Branch; National Finance Corporation. 1930-1935.

Folder 09 - Financial Document

Physical Description: Folder contains a document from Bowlus Sailplane Company regarding Haw’s pay from the company.