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Dunkel (Joseph R.) Personal Papers
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Box 01


Folder 01 – Schematics for Parachute Drop from a B-24, 1941

Physical Description: Approximately 9 pages of material, drawings and graphs, schematics for a parachute drop including person and vehicle, from a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, dated December 22, 1941.

Folder 02 – National Air Races

Physical Description: Memorabilia from the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio, with items from 1937, 1939, 1947, including tickets, schedules, and other memorabilia.

Folder 03 – WWII Honorary Award – Consolidated Vultee

Physical Description: Approximately 9 awards from 1943-1944, “In recognition of meritorious service as a member of the aircraft industrial army of Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, San Diego Division…” given to J. R. Dunkel.

Folder 04 – News Clippings

Physical Description: Various newspaper clippings and full articles from the 1930s and 1940s featuring Dunkel and his family, parachutists, and other pieces about jumping and air races, including women parachutists trained by Dunkel and a clipping about his son, Russell Norman Dunkel, being tested for his pilot’s license in San Diego at age 17.

Folder 05 – Photos I (3”x5”)

Physical Description: Approximately 78 photos originally categorized as 3”x5” photos. Photos range in size from 3x4.5 to 3.5x5.5. Various photos depict a variety of unique aircraft, primarily featured at airshows, as well as parachuting stunts and numerous individuals.

Folder 06 – Photos II (8”x10”)

Physical Description: Approximately 33 photos originally categorized as 8”x11” photos, most fit this size. Various photos depict aircraft, parachutists, Joseph Dunkel and family members.

Folder 07 – Photos III

Physical Description: Approximately 92 photographs many depicting airshows and individuals from the 1920s and 1930s, many photos have captions written on the reverse. Photos include images of Richard E. Byrd’s Fokker F-VII Tri-motor monoplane “Josephine Ford,” Fokker F.VII Trimotor, Doug Davis’s “Wedell-Williams,” and a variety of racer aircraft, and a variety of locations, including National Air Races, the Ashtabula Airport dedication, and people such as Herbert Emerson “Spud” Manning.

Folder 08 – Photos IV “Pop” Photos

Physical Description: Seven (7) photographs, “pop” photos or blown up prints of other images depicting mostly people and stunt demonstrations.

Folder 09 – Photos V Eruption 11x11 Prints

Physical Description: Four (4) prints of an unidentified volcanic eruption, likely Krakatoa.

Folder 10 – Copy of Photo Album

Physical Description: Photocopied pages of the photo order as presented in the original album.

Folder 11 – Photography Photocopies


Item 12 – National Air Races Parachutists Panorama

Physical Description: A large panoramic image of participants of a mass parachute jump at the National Air Races, September 3, 1938. J.B. Dunkel and Phil Henderson are indicated and other notes are made on the image.