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Gibbon (Elwyn Herbert) Personal Papers
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Box 01


Folder 01 – Correspondence 1: 1930s

Physical Description: 39 pages of correspondence, in addition to original photocopies.

Folder 02 – Correspondence 2: 1930s

Physical Description: 48 pages of correspondence in addition to photocopies of fragile items.

Folder 03 – Correspondence 3: 1940s & Undated material

Physical Description: 30 pages of correspondence.

Folder 04 – Correspondence 4: 1970s and onward

Physical Description: 47 pages of correspondence.

Folder 05 – Correspondence 5: Fragile

Physical Description: 6 pages of correspondence.

Folder 06 – Communications – Radiograms, Telegrams, etc.

Physical Description: 27 pages of communications.

Folder 07 – Communications – Fragile Radiograms, Telegrams, etc.

Physical Description: 9 pages and photocopies of fragile communication documents.

Folder 08 – Forms, Certificates, Official Documents

Physical Description: Several reports, certificates and official documentation, including but not limited to: check flight reports, Enlistment and Honorable Discharge papers, Question and Answer on Aerial Operations – Sino-Japanese War, permits for international departure from the US, student pilot certificate, Certificate of Graduation from US Army Air Corps, aviation awards and certificates, Hankow Navy YMCA pamphlet and map (Chinese hand writing), immunization and health examination records (Chinese and American), Employment Agreement with Vultee and Industrial Accident Commission of the State of California – regarding Gibbon’s death (photocopy), embarkation coupons, Vultee Aviation documentation including USA application for exports to China and an application to work in “Prohibited or Protected” area – India through Vultee.

Folder 09 – Newspaper Clippings 1

Physical Description: 83 newspaper clippings primarily related to arrest and release of “Seattle Flier” Elwyn Gibbon.

Folder 10 – Newspaper Clippings 2

Physical Description: 74 newspaper clippings primarily related to arrest and release of Elwyn Gibbon by the Japanese.

Box 02


Folder 00 – Items for Transfer to Curatorial

Physical Description: 1. Christmas Greetings painted on shell-card from Harry Stohes. 2. 8 coins Hong Kong currency 3. 1 fabric square with Chinese flag and script, roughly translated: This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue, protect, and provide him medical care. Aviation Ministry.”

Folder 11 – Additional Chinese Language Materials

Physical Description: Documents written in Chinese or with a significant amount of Chinese writing, including letters from the Chinese Consul General in Manila.

Folder 12 – Magazines, Booklets, and Articles.

Physical Description: 1. Two issues of Chinese magazine: The Pictorial WAR of Resistant, 1937. 2. CHINA, Burns, Philp & Line – Images and information on Salamaua, Rabaul, Cebu, Manila, Hong Kong, Saigon, Sandakan, 1937. 3. Guest List, Dollar Steamship Lines, S.S. President Taft sailing from Manila April 24, 1938, Sailing from Tokohama May 3, 1938. 4. The West Point of the Air, Flying Cadets, Randolph Field, Texas, Thanksgiving 1932. 5. Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce Bulliten, July 27, 1938. 6. Commuting to War, by Elwyn Gibbon.

Folder 13 – Miscellaneous

Physical Description: 1. “Reserved” paper with writing “Kowloon to Canton, Oct 25, 1937.” 2. 9 Business and calling cards. 3. Luggage tag for Kowloon Hotel, Hong Kong. Air mail and travel paper for China National Aviation Corp. 4. US Passport for Elwyn Gibbon, Hong Kong Consulate General. 5. Paper Currency. 6. Commission on Aeronautical Affairs, Receipt of Loans and Advances, December 6, 1937. 7. Money transfer note, May 4, 1938. 8. Messenger’s Receipt for Message – dated April 28, 1938, to Mrs EH Gibbon. 9. Two Employee Day Trip passes. 10. China Travel Service paper. 11. Under Secretary of War note of aware for Army Navy “E” pin, September 30, 1942. 12. US Passport, canceled. ID page damaged. 13. Eurasia Aviation Corp. Airmail sheet. 14. Transcript of Gibbon interview on The Spectator with Sam Hayes, February 18, 1942. 15. Randolph Field, 1932. 16. Embarkation coupon for Canadian Pacific Steamships. 17. Invitation note from Charles F. Horner, President of National Aeronautic Association and formal card invitation. 18. Photocopy of Conquerors, by EH Gibbon. 19. Photocopy of Combat, by Elwyn Gibbon. 20. Photocopy of transcript for Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce Sky Show Program, with Gibbon as a guest speaker. 21. Archivist’s note.

Folder 14 – 09 Photos

Physical Description: 60 Photographs reintegrated to the collection, previously under 09 bio series.

Folder 15 – Photos I

Physical Description: 18 original photos , 5 duplicates, and original photocopies c. 1935-42 depicting people such as General Lancaster, aircraft, Kelly Field, Vought, PT-3, “Hangchow.”

Folder 16 – Photos II

Physical Description: 72 original photos taken c. 1937-1938, depicting various people, Kelly Field, Curtis Pursuit Trainer, schools, Ruth Lewitsky, Army Nurse Corps, Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Randolf Field, China, Nanchang, Hankow, Sian, Curtiss-Wright Central Aircraft Manufacturing, Navy YMCA.