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Kerley (Robert V.) Personal Papers
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Box 01


Folder 01 – Klein Letters

Physical Description: Select correspondence, 16 pages, with Frank D. Klein and two photographs (one autographed by Klein) that accompany some of the letters.

Folder 02 – Heron Memorial Fund 1963-83

Physical Description: Approximately 108 pages of correspondence between Kerley and mostly with various members of the Smithonsian Air and Space Museum regarding the arrangement of Sam Heron’s memorial fund.

Folder 03 – Personal Correspondence with Kerley

Physical Description: Folder contains biographical information about Kerley, including 39 pages of personal correspondence, 4 photos, 2 magazine clippings, 1 comic clipping with notes, and 10 pages of biographical information about Kerley.

Folder 04 – Project Record Computation Book, Personal Business Diary

Physical Description: One (1) notebook, the Personal Business Diary of Robert Kerley, while with the Air Corps Material Division at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. The diary contains entries from Jan 3, 1933 to May 18, 1934.

Folder 05 – Lindbergh’s Fuel

Physical Description: Approximately 44 pages of materials regarding a letter Kerley wrote discussing the development and supply of Charles’s Lindbergh’s fuel during his trans-Atlantic flight. Includes correspondence with American Oil Company.

Folder 06 - Wright Brothers Engine

Physical Description: Approximately 57 pages of letters and drafts of materials related to the Wright Shop Engine, with a great deal of correspondence with Leonard S. Hobbs. Materials relate to drafts of a foreword to a book about the engine, and discussions of the Wright Brothers’ engine at the Henry Ford Museum (a 1908 engine), includes 2 photos with 3 duplicates each and original envelope.

Folder 07 – Heron Memorial Fund Study of Proposed Uses

Physical Description: Approximately 23 pages of correspondence discussing implementation of the Heron Memorial Fund with the Smithsonian Institute, from 1963 to 1964.

Folder 08 – Heron Memorial Fund, Contributions - Letters

Physical Description: Approximately 27 pages of correspondence noting individual donations to the Heron Memorial Fund and a list of recipients for the telegram of Heron’s death, includes one (1) photo.

Folder 09 – Heron Autobiography 1963-1964, Input

Physical Description: Over 100 letters and drafts discussing the biography of Sam Heron, which was dictated over about 6 hours and which Kerley was working to edit for publication, letters in this folder are often requests for elaboration or clarification.

Folder 10 – Comments on Sam D. Heron Biography 1964-68

Physical Description: Over 100 letters and documents discussing the Heron biography with the majority of letters being dated between 1964 and 1968.