Dorothy Kaucher Publications Collection MSS-201-05-27

Fiona DuBrock
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
February 2020
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Dorothy Kaucher Publications Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS-2017-05-27
Physical Description: 1 Box (1 linear foot)
Date (inclusive): 1931-1966
Abstract: The Dorothy Kaucher Publications Collection consists primarily of published materials written by Kaucher during the early days of commercial aviation.

Content Description

The Dorothy Kaucher Publications Collection consists primarily of published materials written by Kaucher during the early days of commercial aviation. It also includes a few mementos from air travel, and a plaque for the Aviation Writers Competition in 1939.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Kaucher was born on October 27, 1892, in St. Joseph, Missouri. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri in 1915 and began her teaching career in her home town, at Central High School. She went back to MU as a graduate student in 1919, received a master's degree in English in 1920, and began her collegiate teaching career there the same year. While she was teaching at MU, she earned a second bachelor's degree in journalism. Kaucher went on to pursue her Ph.D. in English and speech from Cornell University. She graduated from Cornell in 1928, briefly taught at Wells College in New York, and then moved to the West Coast in 1930 to teach speech and theatre arts at San José State Teacher's College. During the 1934-1935 academic year she took a leave of absence when she was offered a visiting professor position at UC Berkeley. She retired from San José State College in 1957.
During her time at San José State, Dr. Kaucher hosted and participated in many events outside the classroom. She was the director of the SJSC verse choir, gave poetry readings and performed in theatrical events, and frequently gave talks on one of her personal passions: air travel. Her love of commercial air travel, which was unusual in the 1930s, and her lively, humorous tales from those adventures, inspired the affectionate nickname "The Flying Professor." By 1940 she had flown over 100,000 miles; many of her journeys were recounted in articles she wrote for travel magazines. Dr. Kaucher also authored several books: Wings Over Wake (1947), On Your Left the Milky Way (1952), Armchair in the Sky: Ocean Flights with Air Pioneers (1954), What You Need Is Art, Yes? (1958), We Go A-Travelling (1960), James Duval Phelan: A Portrait (1965), They Built A City (1970), and The Suwannee (1972). She also wrote several plays, including Bos'n, which was purchased by NBC in 1932 for radio broadcast. In 1951, Dr. Kaucher founded the Dorothy Kaucher Award for Excellence in Oral Interpretation contest, which is still held annually on the SJSU campus.
After her retirement, Dr. Kaucher focused on painting. She and her sister, Mildred, a former research chemist, were both active in the Santa Cruz Art League and participated in many exhibitions. The Kaucher sisters moved to Lake Wells, Florida, in the mid-1960s, where Dr. Kaucher died in 1972.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Dorothy Kaucher Publications Collection, MSS-2017-05-27, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Fiona DuBrock, Spring 2020.

Related Materials

San José State University Faculty Papers and Publications Collection, MSS-2010-05-02, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.
Dorothy Kaucher scrapbook: articles appearing in magazine Airlanes, San José folio TL508 .K3, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.
Dorothy Kaucher scrapbook: articles on her adventures in early flying -- U.S., Canada, Brazil, Midway, Honolulu, Manila, San José folio TL540.K32 A33x, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Jose State College -- Faculty
San Jose State Teachers College -- Faculty
Aeronautics, Commercial -- Passenger traffic
Air travel -- History -- 20th century

Box 1, Folder 1

Speed Magazine 1931 November

Box 1, Folder 2

The Sportsman Pilot 1932 May

Box 1, Folder 3

Speed Magazine 1932 June

Box 1, Folder 4

The Missouri Alumnus 1932 September

Box 1, Folder 5

Speed Magazine 1932 November, December

Box 1, Folder 6

Speed Magazine 1933 January

Box 1, Folder 7

Speed Magazine 1933 February, May

Box 1, Folder 8

Speed Magazine 1933 June, September/October

Box 1, Folder 9

Airlanes Magazine 1936 September

Box 1, Folder 10

Pan American Air Ways, Volume 8, No. 5 1937 May

Box 1, Folder 11

Philippines Tribune and Philippines Herald (newspapers) 1937, August 17 and 18

Box 1, Folder 12

Brochure re: First Pan Am Clipper Flight from San Francisco to New Zealand 1937

Box 1, Folder 13

The Instructor 1938 January

Box 1, Folder 14

Brazilian American 1938 October 22

Box 1, Folder 15

Travel 1939 February

Box 1, Folder 16

Aviation Magazine 1939 March

Box 1, Folder 17

The Quotarian 1939 May

Box 1, Folder 18

Pan Am Passenger List, New York to Marseilles 1939 July 19

Box 1, Folder 19

Airlanes Magazine 1939 July

Box 1, Folder 20

The Irish Press (newspaper) 1939 August 7

Box 1, Folder 21

Airlanes Magazine 1939 December

Box 1, Folder 22

Airlanes Magazine 1940 February, April

Box 1, Folder 23

Airlanes Magazine 1940 June, July

Box 1, Folder 24

TWA Aviation Writers Honorable Mention (plaque) 1939

Box 1, Folder 25

Airlanes Magazine 1940 August, December

Box 1, Folder 26

Wings Over Wake (book; two signed copies) 1947

Box 1, Folder 27

Wings Over Wake (book) 1947

Box 1, Folder 28

Airlanes Magazine 1941 April, June

Box 1, Folder 29

The Matrix 1942 February, March

Box 1, Folder 30

Brochure for the 10th Anniversary of Pan Am's First Transocean Air Service 1945

Box 1, Folder 31

Airlanes Magazine 1946 March

Box 1, Folder 32

Airlanes Magazine 1946 June, October

Box 1, Folder 33

Airlanes Magazine 1949 January

Box 1, Folder 34

Airlanes Magazine 1949 April, June, October

Box 1, Folder 35

Airlanes Magazine 1957 October

Box 1, Folder 36

Airlanes Magazine 1964 July/August

Box 1, Folder 37

Dorothy Kaucher letter to SJSC librarian 1966 May 30

Box 1, Folder 38

Pan Am Transpacific Brochure undated