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Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter Records

Identifier: MS-351

Scope and Content

The Air Force Association Wright Memorial Chapter Papers document the last 50 years of AFA activity in the national, state, and regional arenas, as well as the Dayton area. Through these papers, researchers may gain insight into Cold War era events pertinent to the United States Air Force Community; as well as Wright Memorial Chapter events in the Dayton area.

Series I, Administrative Papers, consists of the organizational procedures of the AFA (Wright Memorial Chapter, State, and National). This includes copies of national and local constitutions, as well as general information about the Air Force Association and the US Air Force. This information dates from 1963 to 1988. The series also contains information about officers, elections, and members, financial reports, and general correspondence. These documents include reports by individuals in the US Senate. The administrative papers are also rich in national, state, regional, and local meeting minutes (1961-2007). The original Articles of Incorporation is located in an oversized folder Location #66 and Folder #13. Items in this series range in date from 1956 to 2014. When additions were processed in 2014, multiple administrative files for the Community Partners Program (member invoices and renewals) and the Wright Brothers Heritage Benefit (meeting minutes, planning, and financial) were part of the acquisition. Rather than interfile these by year in the financial records, these files were maintained separately by event name within the administrative series as they had been upon acquisition. Documents pertaining to the actual events (as opposed to planning, e.g. WBHB programs) were filed in

Series II, Community Activities. Two files ("Bank Statements and Checks, 1998-2002" and "Bank Statements and Checks, 2001-2004") that had been processed with the 2013 additions were removed and returned to the donor to safeguard account numbers. These files were numbered as Box 6, File 8 and Box 7, File 1 in the 2013 edition of the finding aid. Obviously, these file numbers now contain different sets of documents because the remaining files were re-numbered in this current version of the finding aid.

Series II, Community Activities, contains the actions and events endorsed and/or sponsored by the Wright Memorial Chapter. This series includes state, regional, and national conference information ranging in years from 1953 to 2002 and includes brochures, speeches, press releases, and programs from the conferences. This series also contains information on various chapter sponsored leadership workshops and luncheons as well as information on scholarships, charitable donations, and the chapter's work will local AFJROTC high school groups. In addition, this series includes information pertaining to the annual Dayton Air Show and annual US Air Force Anniversary celebrations, ranging in dates between 1966 and 2006. The community series contains award information, including planning for awards banquets and award nominations and notifications for awards given by the Wright Memorial Chapter and/or received by the chapter. With the awards are several metal and wooded awards. These awards range in date between 1958 and 2008.

Series III, Publications, documents the action and news of the US Air Force, the National AFA, and the Wright Memorial Chapter through various media outlets. The series includes the AFA Reports Newsletter, the AFA Profile Newsletter, and the Wright Memorial Chapter Crossfeed Newsletter. The collection also includes copies of the 1964 and 1968-1971 Air Force Magazine, the AFA's national publication. In addition, the series includes news clippings on AFA activities and members from assorted print media sources. The newspaper clippings contain information on AFA events and honors/recognition received by the Wright Memorial Chapter and its members. The clippings range in date from 1950 to 1980. The series also holds some rare aviation magazines, including the All Women's Transcontinental Air Race (1961-1962) and Dialogue Magazine (1966).

Series IV, Photographs, Audio Media, and Scrapbooks, contains images from various award ceremonies and gatherings. Several groups of photos are accompanied by negatives. This series also holds a number of unidentified photos of individual people and gatherings. The photos have been arranged chronologically. This series also houses two unknown 16mm audio films, an AFA pin/tie tack, and an Eddie Rickenbacker scrapbook.


  • 1953-2014


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter

The nearly 150,000 member Air Force Association was founded in 1948, shortly after the United States Air Force became its own branch of the armed services (1947). The Wright Memorial Chapter, which operates out of the Greater-Dayton area, was incorporated in February of 1955. The Wright Memorial Chapter is designated with AFA number 212. Records for the Wright Memorial Chapter start in the mid-1950s.

The non-profit organization educates the public on the role of aerospace power in national defense. It promotes public events, such as air shows and ROTC drill meets. It also conducts advocacy on behalf of air power and military related issues. Members are comprised of former and current military personnel, civilians, and those with an interest in air power and the US Air Force.

Wright Memorial Chapter, #212 of the Air Force Association serves Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the local Air Force community and the greater Dayton area. The chapter's programs and topics relate to issues pertinent to the Air Force, service members families, and issues concerning the advancement of aerospace technology.

AFA Wright Memorial Chapter programs include major events such as the Air Show, aerospace education programs, community support, high school ROTC programs, aerospace education and scholarships. The chapter also holds luncheons and guest lectures with local and state elected officials. AFA No. 212 established the Wright Brothers Heritage Benefit, which works to raise money to support the Wright Brothers Flyer Hanger Fund. As of March 2007, the chapter had 30 active members.


10.2 linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection documents a civilian aerospace organization that promotes public understanding of aerospace power and national defense. The collection includes newspaper clippings, magazines, awards, correspondence, meeting minutes, national, regional, and state conference materials, community events, photographs, certificates, reports, financial records, and general Air Force information. Most items deal with events and overall activities of the Wright Memorial Chapter. Several items in the collection relate to the AFA National Organization and to the US Air Force's relation to national and international events.

Statement of Arrangement

The Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter Records are organized into 4 series:

  1. Series I: Administrative Papers
  2. Series II: Community Activities
  3. Series III: Publications
  4. Series IV: Photographs, Audio Media, and Scrapbooks

Other Finding Aid

A complete finding aid including a box and folder inventory is available on Special Collections & Archives web site at

Acquisition Information

Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter Records were given to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives by Bill Schaff, in July of 2006. The original donation consisted of one box (one linear foot).


The donor gave additional papers in October of 2006 and winter of 2007. The Vice President of the AFA Wright Memorial Chapter has the responsibility of sending current documents to the WSU Special Collections and Archives each January. Additions shall be subject to the terms of the Deed of Gift for this collection.

Related Material

MS-134, Wright Brothers Memorial Commission Records

MS-157, Air Force Museum, Wright Brothers Collection

MS-350, Quarter Century Club Records, WPAFB

Processing Information

Processed by Natalie Fritz and Bill McIntire, March 2007.

Additions processed by Victoria Penno, May and September 2013.

Additions processed by Ximena Chrisagis, June and July 2014.

Guide to the Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter Records (MS-351)
Finding aid prepared by Natalie Fritz and Bill McIntire, March 2007.
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Revision Statements

  • 2013: The finding aid was reformatted, additions were made, and Series IV, Photographs, was processed by Victoria Penno.
  • 2014: Additions were made to several series, the name of Series IV was changed and the finding aid was revised by Ximena Chrisagis, June and July 2014.

Repository Details

Part of the Wright State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA