Eddie Rickenbacker Papers, RG 101

Finding Aid: Accession 96-084

Listed by: Marty Olliff -- May 28, 1996


Date Span: 1922-1991

Size of Collection: 1.25 cubic feet

Scope / Content:Materials relative to the Life of Eddie Rickenbacker. Diaries, Scrapbooks, letters and pictures from President Hoover and letters from President Eisenhower (with signatures), EVR contracts for early books, 141 photographs for biography. Arranged into 3 series: Series 1: Documents; Series 2: Photographs; Series 3: Scrapbooks.

Note: Most of Series 2 is available digitally in the Auburn University Digital Library.



SERIES 1: DOCUMENTS--various reports, maps, condolence letters and EVR obituaries--mixed with SERIES 3: SCRAPBOOKS regarding EVR and AFR trip to Orient, 1962, and AFR trip to Peru, 1981.

SERIES 1: Documents. and SERIES 3: Scrapbooks.

Box 1:

  1. Cover, Marriage Service Book; EVR Photo
  2. Marriage Service Book
  3. Scrapbook of Estate
  4. Cover of EVR's Aleutian Island Report, 11-15-43
  5. EVR's Aleutian Island Report, 11-15-43
  6. Miscellaneous Letters, 1950s
  7. Scrapbook of Beverly Griffith's Birthday, 1961
  8. Scrapbook of Trip to Orient, 1962
  9. Scrapbook of Trip to Orient, 1962, Lacquerware
  10. Scrapbook of Trip to Orient, 1962, Lacquerware
  11. Scrapbook of Trip to Europe; Africa, 1964
  12. Condolence Letters re: EVR death, dated July 1973
  13. Condolence Letters re: EVR death, dated August 1973
  14. Condolence Cards re: EVR death, undated, [1973]
  15. Scrapbook of Trip to Peru, 1981
  16. Guide Materials to Peru, 1981
  17. Correspondence re: Rickenbacker Commemorative Stamp
  18. Cover to "Captain Eddie, Book 2"; Photographs

Box 2:

  1. EVR-Driggs Agreement to Serialize EVR Stories, 1918
  2. EVR-McClure Serialization Agreement, 1919

SERIES 1: Documents. Subseries: Travel Maps

Oversized Folder 1

  1. Maritime Map of Norway, used by EVR and AFD on 1939 Sailing Trip. EVR Handwritten Notes, "Blad 1"
  2. Maritime Map of Norway, used by EVR and AFD on 1939 Sailing Trip. EVR Handwritten Notes, "Blad 2"
  3. "Industrial and Archaeological Map of Southern Peru," used by AFD on 1981 Peru trip

SERIES 1: Documents. Subseries: Condolence Letters to William Rickenbacker on EVR's Death

Box 2:

  1. From Martin Tressel, 7-23-73, w/ LA Times Obituary
  2. Indianapolis News Obituary, 7-23-73
  3. From George Pearson, 7-24-73, w/ San Francisco Chronicle Obituary
  4. From Gary Joe Connolly, 7-24-73, w/ London Times and Daily Express Obituaries
  5. Memo From George Pearson, 7-25-73, w/ Palo Alto Times Obituary
  6. New York Times Obituary, 7-29-73
  7. Springfield Sunday Republican Obituary, 7-29-93
  8. From Bill Schwager, 8-10-73, w/ Zion-Benton News (Waukegan, IL) obituary
  9. From Dr. Henry C. Petray, 8-10-73, w/ Oakland (CA) Tribune obituary [incomplete]
  10. From Donald H. Rowe, 8-14-73, w/ Oakland (CA) Tribune obituary [complete]
  11. Obituary of Marguerite Hazel Shepherd, EVR's long-time secretary, New York Times 11-13-83
  12. News Item: "Cheney Recommends Closing 31 U.S. Bases" [re: Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio] Investor's Daily, April 15, 1991, p. 1, 36.
  13. Rickenbacker Scrapbook, Last Stop--All Out, 12-19-36 Eastern Airliner Crash


SERIES 2: Photographs. Organized by subject. Includes many 8x10s considered for inclusion in EVR's autobiography: EVR in World War I; the Rickenbacker Family and its individual members; Rickenbacker's businesses--motorcars and Eastern Airlines; and photographs relative to EVR and crew being lost at sea in 1942.

SERIES 2: Photographs. Subseries: "Captain Eddie, Book 2"

Box 1

  1. EVR as Captain, World War I, [w/neg.]
  2. EVR After World War I
  3. EVR in World War I, w/ Unit Mascot (dog)
  4. EVR w/ AFR and Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia, NYC 1943
  5. EVR w/ Medal of Honor, presented by Herbert Hoover
  6. EVR w/ airplane, World War I
  7. EVR w/ 94th Squadron SPAD, World War I
  8. EVR and Lieutenant posing w/ downed Albatross, WW I
  9. EVR in Flight Suit w/ "Hat in the Ring" SPAD
  10. EVR w/ Motorcycle and AEF Soldiers, WW I
  11. EVR in Uniform, w/ Bombs, WW I
  12. EVR at 94th Squadron Headquarters, 1918
  13. EVR in Cockpit, "Hat in the Ring" SPAD 1
  14. "Hat in the Ring" Insignia, Port Side, Autographed
  15. "Hat in the Ring" Insignia, Starboard Side
  16. Fuselage, Two-Seated Airplane, WW I
  17. Certificate, EVR's Distinguished Service Cross, 5-17-18
  18. Certificate, EVR's DSC Oak Leaf Cluster, 5-28-18
  19. Certificate, EVR's DSC Oak Leaf Cluster, 5-22-18
  20. Certificate, EVR's DSC Oak Leaf Cluster, 9-15-18
  21. Certificate, EVR's DSC Oak Leaf Cluster, 5-30-18
  22. Certificate, EVR's DSC Oak Leaf Cluster, 9-26-15
  23. Certificate, EVR's Croix de Guerre, 11-30-18
  24. Certificate, EVR's Croix de Guerre, 5-9-18
  25. Certificate, EVR's Medal of Honor, 9-25-18
  26. Certificate, EVR's Distinguished Service Cross, 4-29-18
  27. Citation for Bravery, 8th Army of France, 5-9-18
  28. Citation for Bravery, Army of the East, 11-30-18
  29. Abie Karp, EVR Mechanic, WW I
  30. Abie Karp, EVR Mechanic, w/ uniform and sidearm, WW I
  31. Abie Karp, EVR Mechanic, w/ uniform and sidearm, WWI
  32. Abie Karp, EVR Mechanic, in AEF Overcoat, WW I
  33. Abie Karp's Sewing Machine Shop, Exterior, n.d.
  34. Abie Karp in his Sewing Machine Shop
  35. Abie Karp in his Sewing Machine Shop
  36. Abie Karp in his Sewing Machine Shop
  37. General Billy Mitchell, 1918
  38. Billy Mitchell with H. H. (Hap) Arnold
  39. General Billy Mitchell in Fully-Decorated Uniform. WWI
  40. Mechanics Bertrandias, Olsen, and Worden of 94th, SPAD inspection
  41. Pilots Schroder and Coombs, France, WWI
  42. Lt. Bertrandias (94th Mechanic) Listens to General Mangin deliver Memorial Day Speech, WWI
  43. Lt. Bertrandias (94th Mechanic) attends General Mangin at Memorial Day Services, WWI
  44. German "Albatross" Shot Down by Lt. Alan Winslow, Being Towed to Toul, France, 1918
  45. Lt. Alan Winslow with downed Albatross, March 1918
  46. Albatross downed by Winslow at Toul Aerodrome, 1918
  47. Hangar used by U.S. Air Corps, WWI
  48. Lt. Alan Winslow and Unidentified Officer with downed Albatross, March 1918
  49. Officer of 94th Awaiting Flight Duty Call, WWI
  50. Aerial-Bombed Apartment Building, Nancy, France, 10-16-17
  51. Sgt. Bertrandias in Nieuport with Lt. Rankin standing, WWI
  52. EVR in a "Characteristic Pose," [WWII]
  53. EVR Telling Story of 24 Days Lost At Sea [post-WWII]
  54. Burris Jenkins's Drawing of EVR in Atlanta Hospital After Airliner Crash, 1941
  55. Sgt. Crique, 94th Squadron, Toul, France, WWI
  56. Capt. Hamilton Coolidge at Toul, France [killed in action]
  57. EVR in Middle Age
  58. EVR, October 1934
  59. EVR Shooting Craps at Eastern Air Lines Picnic, 1940
  60. Presbyterian Church where EVR and AFD were married, 1922
  61. Wedding Party pose before Church, September 16, 1922 [Pastor Jacob Pister in White Suit]
  62. EVR / AFD on Honeymoon, 1922
  63. EVR / AFD Honeymoon, St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice, Italy, 1922
  64. AFD at St. Mark's Cathedral, Venice, 1922
  65. EVR / AFD Honeymoon, with Pigeons, Venice, 1922
  66. EVR / AFD with sons David and William [1930s]
  67. EVR / AFD with sons David, in uniform, and William, December 19, 1942
  68. EVR / AFD with sons David and William, New York City, December 1942 [Fiorella LaGuardia cropped from this pix]
  69. EVR with AFD, both sons, and his mother [1930s]
  70. AFD with sons David and William [1930s]
  71. EVR with sons David and William in cockpit of race car [1930s]
  72. EVR with sons David and William, other kids, and gliders, [1920s-early 1930s]
  73. EVR with sons firing BB guns [1930s]
  74. EVR / AFD, with sons
  75. AFD Portrait [1920s]
  76. "Glamour" Portrait of AFD [1920s]
  77. AFD Portrait [1920s]
  78. Portrait of AFD in "Flapper" Dress [1920s]
  79. AFD Portrait [1920s]
  80. Oil Painting of AFD, n.d.
  81. AFD in Middle Age (wearing suit and diamond "wings" broach)

SERIES 2: Photographs. Subseries: Rickenbacker Family

Box 1:

  1. David and William Rickenbacker as Teenagers [1940s]
  2. David Rickenbacker [1930s]
  3. William Rickenbacker at Piano [early 1930s]
  4. William Rickenbacker as a Young Boy
  5. David Rickenbacker as a Young Boy
  6. EVR sits in a rubber raft [1943]
  7. William Rickenbacker as a Toddler [1929-1930]
  8. Rickenbacker Home in New York City
  9. Rickenbacker Home in New York City
  10. View of East River from Rickenbacker Home in New York

SERIES 2: Photographs. Subseries: EVR Office

Box 1:

  1. EVR Office in Rockefeller Plaza, with US Air Route Map, 1943
  2. EVR Office in Rockefeller Plaza, 1943
  3. EVR Office in Rockefeller Plaza, 1943
  4. EVR Secretary, Ms. Marguerite Shepherd, in NYC Office
  5. Map of US Air Routes, EVR Office, 1943

SERIES 2: Photographs. Subseries: Photographs of B-17 Crew Lost with EVR in Pacific (1942)

Box 1:

  1. Col. Hans Adamson, 1943
  2. Col. Hans Adamson, 1943
  3. Col. Hans Adamson, standing in uniform, 1943
  4. Col. Hans Adamson, standing in uniform, 1943
  5. Major William Cherry, 1943, [w/neg.]
  6. Major William Cherry, 1943
  7. Major William Cherry, 1943
  8. Major William Cherry, 1943
  9. Major William Cherry, 1943
  10. Major William Cherry, standing in uniform, 1943
  11. Major William Cherry, standing in uniform, 1943
  12. Major William Cherry, standing w/o hat, 1943
  13. Major William Cherry, standing w/o hat, 1943
  14. Capt. William Cherry, in dark uniform, 1942
  15. Capt. William Cherry, w/ drawn-in goatee, 1942
  16. Lt. James Whittaker, 1943
  17. Lt. James Whittaker, 1943
  18. Lt. James Whittaker, informal, 1943
  19. Lt. James Whittaker, informal, 1943
  20. Lt. John DeAngelis, 1942-43
  21. Lt. John DeAngelis, informal, 1943
  22. Lt. John DeAngelis, in flight coverall, 1943
  23. Sgt. James Reynolds in uniform and coverall, 1943
  24. Sgt James Reynolds, 1943
  25. Sgt. James Reynolds, informal, 1943
  26. Sgt. John Bartek, 1943
  27. Sgt. John Bartek, 1943, [w/neg.]
  28. Sgt. John Bartek, standing, 1943
  29. Sgt. John Bartek, standing, 1943
  30. Sgt. John Bartek, standing, double portrait, 1943
  31. Lt. DeAngelis and Sgt. Reynolds in uniform, 1943
  32. Lt. DeAngelis and Sgt. Reynolds in coveralls, 1943
  33. Lt. DeAngelis and Sgt. Reynolds, standing in uniforms, 1943
  34. Lt. DeAngelis and Sgt. Reynolds, standing in coveralls, 1943

SERIES 2: Photographs. Subseries: Photos Taken After Rescue, 1942

Box 1:

  1. EVR arriving in Pago Pago after Rescue, 1942, [w/neg.]
  2. EVR After Rescue, dated 11-28-42, (autographed, w/neg.)
  3. EVR Being Transported after Rescue, 11-28-42, [w/neg.]
  4. Lt. DeAngelis and Lt. Whittaker after Rescue, 11-42, [w/neg.]
  5. Lt. DeAngelis with Escort after Rescue, 11-42, [w/neg.]
  6. Capt. Cherry Recuperating after Rescue, [1942-43], [w/neg.]
  7. Bartek, Cherry, DeAngelis, Whittaker, in PBY, 1943, [w/neg.]
  8. Rickenbacker Crew" after Recuperation. Shown w/ PBY and Crew. [w/neg.]
  9. Sgt. Alex Kaczmarczyk, died in Pacific Ordeal, 1942
  10. Parents of Sgt. Alex Kaczmarczyk [1943]

SERIES 2: Photographs. Subseries: Rickenbacker Motor Company Product

Box 1:

  1. "Super Sport" Coupe, pre-1927, [w/neg.]
  2. "Super Sport" Coupe, 1925-1927
  3. "Super Sport" Coupe, 1925-1927

Box 2:

  1. Autographed Photo of Herbert Hoover