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Harold D. Crouch, Jr., Papers (MS-654)

Identifier: MS-654

Scope and Contents

Series I, Military Service, contains papers and photos documenting Crouch's time in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. Many of the papers are secondary sources that detail the U.S.S. Knapp's history and its use in the Pacific. Although the secondary sources are not unique, Crouch wrote personal notes on many of them indicating his relationship to the material. Along with this, there are correspondence, ship and crew photos, awards, personal training notes, U.S.S. Knapp newsletters, and the blueprint of a World War II computer system.

Series II, Wright-Patterson Propeller Lab Work, contains documents and photos pertaining to Crouch's time working at the propeller laboratory from 1950 to 1977. Similar to Series I, there are many secondary sources that detail the lab's history and the type of production common to the laboratory. Along with this, there are photos of employees and experiments, news clippings, correspondence, financial documents, technical reports, awards, certifications, and lab notes.

Series III, Other Material, contains obituaries, an Air Corps tech report, a photo of Crouch from 2005, and a few other awards and correspondence that are unrelated to Series I and II.


  • Creation: 1918 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Biographical / Historical

Harold D. Crouch Jr. (1922-2016) lived in Ohio his whole life. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945 aboard the U.S.S. Knapp during World War II. After the war, Crouch worked as a technician at the Propeller Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base until he retired in 1977 as the senior technician and supervisor.


1.94 linear feet

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Harold D. Crouch Jr. (1922-2016) served aboard the U.S.S. Knapp during World War II and worked as a technician at the Propeller Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This collection contains the papers and photos related to Crouch's military service and his time at the propeller lab where he worked from 1950 to 1977.


This collection is arranged into 3 series: 1. Series I: Military Service (1942-2010) 2. Series II: Wright-Patterson Propeller Lab Work (1918-2004) 3. Series III: Other Material (1935-2016)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Harold D. Crouch, Jr., Papers were donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by Harold's sons Tom D. Crouch and Dana Crouch in May 2019.

Separated Materials

One panoramic photo of the 1942 Great Lakes naval training school graduating class was separated to oversize storage.

Guide to the Harold D. Crouch, Jr., Papers (MS-654)
Tyler Elam
2023 April 4
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA