Genevieve Haugen papers, 1890s-2010 LSC.1967

Melissa Haley, 2016; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Finding aid last updated 14 July 2016.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Genevieve Haugen papers
creator: Haugen, Genevieve
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1967
Physical Description: 2.6 Linear Feet (5 document boxes, 1 flatbox, 1 shoebox)
Date (inclusive): 1890s-2010
Date (bulk): 1930-1949
Abstract: Consists primarily of writings, correspondence, and photographs of the aviator and writer Genevieve Haugen.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Genevieve Haugen papers (Collection 1967). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7994194 

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Haugen's niece, Karla Andersdatter.


Genevieve Haugen (born Juno Lenore Genevieve Haugen, January 29, 1911 in Everett, WA) was an aviator, writer, and screenwriter in Los Angeles. She received her pilot's license in 1932 at the age of 20. In 1935 she published Women with Wings, a novel about women aviators, which was later adapted for the screen as the 20th Century Fox film Tail Spin (1939). Haugen served as a technical advisor for the film. She was a member of the Ninety-Nines organization of women pilots and participated in numerous aviation events in Los Angeles in the 1930s. In addition, she published magazine articles about aviation and served with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. In the 1940s, Haugen wrote several screenplays while married to her third husband the film director Max Nosseck. She continued to write into the 1950s, mostly short stories, while working as a secretary in Los Angeles.
Haugen was married four times, to Ed Gessler (dates unknown), pianist Ervin Nyiregyhazi (1937-1937), film director Max Nosseck (1940-1948), and Jack W. Wright (1951-1952). She died on or near March 28, 1968, in Los Angeles.

Scope and Content

This collection primarily contains writings, correspondence, and photographs relating to the aviator and writer Genevieve Haugen. Haugen's writing career is documented by drafts of screenplays, novels, and short stories, as well as by several published articles and stories, and copies of Women with Wings: A Novel of the Modern Day Aviatrix (1935). Photographs in this collection depict Haugen's life in aviation in Los Angeles in the 1930s, friends and family, and her 1947 trip to Europe with husband Max Nosseck. The collection also contains a small amount of legal and financial records, artwork, clippings, and ephemera. Artifacts include Haugen's flight goggles and her flight logbook.
Much of the material in this collection was annotated after Haugen's death by her sister, Daphne Bates. Some of the information for these often-detailed notes was apparently taken from Haugen's diaries, which are not in the collection. Many dates for items in this collection were also supplied by Bates.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Correspondence
  • Series 2. Writings
  • Series 3. Photographs
  • Series 4. Legal and financial records
  • Series 5. Artifacts and artwork
  • Series 6. Clippings and ephemera

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Aeronautics -- California -- Los Angeles -- History.
Women air pilots.
Authors, American -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
Women screenwriters -- California -- Archives.
Screenwriters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
Nosseck, Max
Ninety-nines (Organization)


Series 1. Correspondence 1912-circa 1965

box 1, folder 1-3

Haugen Family 1912-circa 1965

Scope and Content

Primarily letters sent (originals and copies) by Haugen to her sister Daphne and mother Anna while traveling in Europe in 1947 with husband Max Nosseck. Also includes letters received by Haugen from her sister (1912) and from her niece Karla, which include short stories.
Additional letters written by Haugen to her sister and other family members 1947-1968 are located in Series 2 (Box 4, Fol 4) at the end of the notebook (including from Europe in 1947).
box 1, folder 4

De Donato, Florian 1956, undated

box 1, folder 5

du Pont, Richard 1935, circa 1943

box 1, folder 6

Layer, Frances 1948-1964

box 1, folder 7

Lyttle, William 1955-1956

box 1, folder 8

Nosseck, Max 1955

box 1, folder 9

Serrurier, Ewan 1932-1933

box 1, folder 10

Wenzel, Victor 1950-1956

box 1, folder 11

Ziff-Davis Publishing Company 1957-1958


Series 2. Writings 1925-2007

Scope and Content

Consists primarily of drafts of novels, screenplays, and stories by Haugen. Some stories were presumably early versions or outlines of screenplays as they were registered by Haugen with the Screen Writers' Guild. Series also contains several published articles and short stories, two copies of Haugen's novel Women with Wings: A Novel of the Modern Day Aviatrix (1935), and several writings by other authors.
A detailed chronology of Haugen's writing life is located at the beginning of the notebook (Box 3, Fol 9), prepared by Haugen's sister Daphne Bates, with information taken from Haugen's diaries.

Subseries 1. Drafts

box 1, folder 12

Amazons of the Air (novel) 1941

box 1, folder 13-14

Arrow in the Wind (novel outline, two copies) 1947

box 2, folder 1

Aviatrix (novel) circa 1937-1938

box 1, folder 15

Confessions of a Cur (story, two copies) 1958

box 1, folder 16

Earthbound/ His Landlady's Grandmother (story) 1944, 1951

box 2, folder 2

The Fabulous Truth (story) 1950

box 2, folder 3

The Girl from Satellite Ten (story, two copies) 1958

box 2, folder 4

Godiva Was a Lady (screenplay) 1948

box 2, folder 5

Hollywood Harem (novel) 1939

box 3, folder 1

In Another Life (story, two copies) 1948

box 3, folder 2

[Jerry Jarmuth] (novel) 1932

box 3, folder 3

The Jungle (screenplay) 1947-1948

Scope and Content

Adaptation of the novel A Selva by Ferreira de Castro; screenplay written with Max Nosseck.
box 3, folder 4

Lady Godiva Rides Again (novel) 1948-1949

box 3, folder 5

Missionary to Mars (story) 1957

box 3, folder 6

The Mutt Magazine (story) 1925

box 3, folder 7

Problem Child (screen outline) 1949

box 3, folder 8

Sacajawea [Stars on the Horizon] (story) 1946-1947

box 4, folder 1-4, box 3, folder 9-13

Notebook 1932-1958

Scope and Content

Includes drafts of short stories, screenplays, poems, and essays. Also includes a chronology of Haugen's life (Box 3, Fol 9) prepared by her sister Daphne (mostly regarding her writing career) and letters from Haugen to her sister and other family members, 1947-1968 (Box 4, Fols 1-4). Items were originally housed in a three-ring binder.

Subseries 2. Publications

Scope and Content

Mostly articles or short stories; also two copies of Haugen's novel Women with Wings.
box 4, folder 5

Air Navigation Is Easy (in Flying Age) 1945

box 4, folder 6

Doings of the Ninety-Nines (in The Pilot) 1933

box 4, folder 7

The Illegitimate Egg (in Fantastic) 1958

box 4, folder 8

One-Month Diary of a Screen Writer (in The Screen Writer) 1948

box 4, folder 9

Why Tomcats Leave Home (in Matrix) 1946

box 4, folder 10

Why Women Learn to Fly (in The Pilot) 1933

box 7

Women with Wings: A Novel of the Modern Day Aviatrix (two copies) 1935

box 4, folder 11

Women with Wings: A Novel of the Modern Day Aviatrix (dust jackets) circa 1935


Subseries 3. Other authors

box 4, folder 12

[Autobiography of a Nonentity] (story by Jack Wright) 1951

box 7

Diary of a Poet: An Imaginary Life (Karla Andersdatter) 2007

box 4, folder 13

For Heaven's Sake (story by Sam Martinez) 1952

box 7

Jungle: A Tale of the Amazon Rubber-Tappers (translation of novel by Ferreira de Castro) 1935

box 4, folder 14

The Prince of Thieves (screenplay by Charles H. Schneer and Maurice Tombragel) 1947

box 7

A Selva (novel by Ferreira de Castro) 1947

box 4, folder 15

Spirit of Aunt Genevieve (poem by Karla Andersdatter) 1976


Series 3. Photographs 1890s-1960s

Scope and Content

Most images are black and white. Additional photographs of the 1947 trip to Europe with Max Nosseck are attached to letters sent located in Haugen's notebook (Series 2; Box 4, Fol 4).
box 4, folder 16

Photographs - childhood circa 1913, undated

box 4, folder 17

Photographs 1930s

Scope and Content

Includes snapshots, aviation photos, studio portraits, and publicity photos from the set of Tail Spin.
box 4, folder 18

Photographs 1940s

Scope and Content

Includes snapshots, portraits, travel photos from Europe, and images presumably of the La Cañada estate belonging to Victor Wenzel.
box 4, folder 19

Photographs 1950s

box 4, folder 20

Photographs from photo holder 1920s-1930s

Scope and Content

Snapshots of Haugen, friends, and fellow aviators; also several images of the 1933 Compton earthquake.
box 4, folder 21

Photographs from photo holder 1940s

Scope and Content

Snapshots of Haugen, husband Max Nosseck, friends, and photos from 1947 European trip.
box 4, folder 22

Photographs from photo holder 1950s-1960s

Scope and Content

Snapshots of Haugen, friends, family, pets.
box 4, folder 23

Photo holder

box 6

Photo album 1890s-1950s

Scope and Content

Photo album contains snapshots or portraits of Haugen, various family members, friends, fellow aviators and aviation events, travels in Europe, and pet cats.
box 5, folder 1

"Resume" scrapbook 1930s-1940s

Scope and Content

Contains mostly photographs, also some clippings, relating to aviation, writings, travels, and marriages. According to her sister Daphne Bates, Haugen created this visual resume while job searching in 1963.
box 5, folder 2

Portraits of others 1920s-1940s, undated

Scope and Content

Includes Peter Freudchen, Wallace Beery, Esther Fernandez, and numerous friends of Haugen. Most are autographed.
box 5, folder 3

Slides undated

box 5, folder 3

Negatives 1940s, undated


Series 4. Legal and financial records 1936-1968

Scope and Content

Series primarily contains film-related legal and financial records for Haugen including contracts and agreements, some expense reports for Haugen and Max Nosseck, and receipts for dues for the Screen Writers' Guild.
box 5, folder 4

Film contracts and agreements 1936-1948

box 5, folder 5

Film financial records 1938-1947

box 5, folder 6

Marriage records - Max Nosseck 1948

box 5, folder 7

Screen Writers' Guild 1940-1952

box 5, folder 8

Medical bills/ insurance records 1950-1960

box 5, folder 9

Employment search records 1968

box 5, folder 10

Passports 1937, 1946


Series 5. Artifacts and artwork circa 1929-1954

box 5, folder 11-12

Artwork by Haugen circa 1929-1934, 1952-1954

Scope and Content

Includes several pencil drawings and comics and one small painting.
box 5, folder 13

Flight logbook 1931-1940

box 8

Flight goggles and case circa 1930

box 8

Items from flight goggles case circa 1940s

Scope and Content

Includes a Civil Air Patrol pass, patch, and ID bracelet.

Series 6. Clippings and ephemera 1930s-2010

box 5, folder 14, box 6

Clippings - aviation and Tail Spin/Women with Wings 1930s

box 5, folder 15

Clippings - other films 1938-1947

box 5, folder 16

Clippings - Ervin Nyiregyhazi 1936-1937, 1957

box 5, folder 17

"Items of interest" 1950s-1960s

Scope and Content

Mostly magazine and newspaper articles on a variety of topics; also ads and handwritten poems and lyrics.
box 5, folder 18

Ephemera and notes circa 1933-1950, undated

Scope and Content

Includes a program for a Ninety-Nines event, invitations, notes on family history, address books, a war ration book, and membership cards.
box 5, folder 19

Empty scrapbooks undated

box 5, folder 20

Unrelated publications 1972, 2010

Scope and Content

A comic book and magazine perhaps belonging to donor Karla Andersdatter.