Eddie Rickenbacker Papers, RG 101

Finding Aid: Accession 95-097

Listed by: Marty Olliff -- August 31, 1995


Date Span: 1922-1991

Size of Collection: 1 cubic foot

Scope / Content: Correspondence of Eddie and Adelaide Rickenbacker with their son, William Frost Rickenbacker, many of which appeared in William's book, From Father To Son; The Letters Of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker To His Son William, From Boyhood To Manhood. Topics covered range from the mundane running of the family ranch to William's schoolwork, to politics, to important events of the day. There is also William's handwritten diary of his Harvard years, March 1945 through November 1947.



SERIES 1: DOCUMENTS. Organized into subseries of correspondence between William Rickenbacker and his parents, as well as a diary William kept while at Harvard.

SERIES 1: Documents. Subseries: Correspondence from William F. Rickenbacker to Parents

Box 1:

  1. Academic Year [AY] 1935-1936
  2. AY 1937-1938
  3. AY 1938-1939
  4. AY 1939-1940
  5. AY 1940-1941
  6. AY 1942-1943
  7. AY 1944-1945
  8. AY 1945-1946
  9. Undated [1942-1946]
  10. Re: WFR in School
  11. AY 1945-1946
  12. AY 1946-1947
  13. AY 1947-1948
  14. AY 1948-1949
  15. Calendar Year 1951
  16. 1952
  17. 1953
  18. 1954
  19. 1955
  20. 1956
  21. 1958
  22. 1959
  23. 1960 (includes radio speech made by WFR)
  24. 1961-1968
  25. 1970-1971

SERIES 1: Documents. Subseries: Harvard Diary

Box 1:

  1. WFR diary, handwritten, March 1945 to November 1946

SERIES 1: Documents. Subseries: Correspondence of Adelaide to William F. Rickenbacker

Box 1:

  1. Academic Years 1944, 1951
  2. Calendar Years: 1952
  3. 1953
  4. 1954
  5. 1959
  6. 1960
  7. 1962
  8. 1964
  9. 1966-1976

SERIES 1: Documents. Subseries: Correspondence of Eddie to William F. Rickenbacker

Box 1:

  1. AY 1936-1937 and AY 1937-1938
  2. AY 1938-1939
  3. AY 1939-1940
  4. AY 1940-1941
  5. AY 1941-1942
  6. AY 1942-1943
  7. AY 1943-1944
  8. AY 1944-1945
  9. AY 1945-1946
  10. AY 1946-1947
  11. AY 1947-1948
  12. AY 1948-1949
  13. Calendar Years: 1950
  14. 1951
  15. 1952
  16. 1953
  17. 1954
  18. 1955
  19. 1956
  20. 1958-1959
  21. 1960
  22. 1961
  23. 1962
  24. 1963
  25. 1964
  26. 1965
  27. 1966
  28. 1967
  29. 1968
  30. 1969
  31. 1970
  32. 1971
  33. 1972

Collection Ephemera

Box 1

  1. Paper
  2. Videotape [of Rickenbacker items held by dealer Frank Hammelbacher in 1995]