Special Collections

Albert S. Menasco Personal Papers

Born in Los Angeles in 1897, Albert S. Menasco was a key figure in the design of airplane engines in the years between the two World Wars. This collection documents his life and his products.

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Alfred M. Ney Personal Papers

The collection contains items reflecting the life and career of Alfred Ney, including documents, drawings, and photographs. Ney worked for Packard, Convair and Bendix, among others.

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Allan Francis Bonnalie Personal Papers

​Allan Francis Bonnalie has a long and distinguished career in aviation, which started when he took his first flight in 1911. By the time of Pearl Harbor, Bonnalie had advanced in the Naval Reserves to Lieutenant Commander, Production Division, Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. He retired in 1953 as a Rear Admiral USNR.

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Almerian R. Boileau Personal Papers

Almerian (Al) Robinson Boileau graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1926. He ranked up from ensign to lieutenant junior grade to commander. He received his wings in 1929 and was involved in Naval Aviation for much of his life.

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American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) Collection

The 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) - known famously as the Flying Tigers - was a group of volunteer US pilots, serving in China before and during WWII and led by Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault

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