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Leach "Heritage of the Air" Aviation Prints and Harold R. Harris Photograph (SC-314)

Identifier: SC-314

Content Description

The collection consists primarily of 28 aviation prints from Leach International’s advertising art series “Heritage of the Air,” commemorating WWI era planes, pilots, and events. The full series included 45 images, all painted by Merv Corning. One of the included prints, “The First Bail-Out,” depicts the first use of a parachute to save the pilot’s life, that of Harold R. Harris in 1922; the print is autographed by Harris. Also included is a 1981 snapshot of Harris standing near the Old North Dayton location of his famous parachute landing.


  • Creation: 1959-1968, 1981


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.


0.5 linear feet (30 items)

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Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives by Dr. Wade Adams in March 2016.

Processing Information

Finding aid written according to DACS standards by Lisa Rickey, July 2017.

Leach "Heritage of the Air" Aviation Prints and Harold R. Harris Photograph (SC-314)
Lisa Rickey
July 2017
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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