Scrapbook on the history of aviation

The latest donation to the Billups-Garth Archives is a scrapbook on the history of aviation in the United States as well as in Mississippi.  The scrapbook was created by Emily Oroke Summer starting in the 1930s and maintained for over thirty years. 

It includes newspaper clippings, photographs, magazine articles, and more.  It also follows the careers of pilots and their flights including Amelia Earhart (1897-missing 1937) as well as Mississippians Fred and Al Key.

Brothers Fred and Al Key or “The Flying Key’s” lived in Meridian, Mississippi.  In June 1935, they broke the standing flight endurance record by maintaining continual flight for 27 days.  The previous record was 23 days.  They did it in a plane named ‘Ole Miss’.  The ‘Ole Miss’ is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. 

The airport in Meridian was subsequently renamed “Key Field” in their honor.  Al Key later became Mayor of Meridian.

Emily O. Summer’s scrapbook documents a young and evolving industry, aviation.  It also shows how those in the state of Mississippi took part in that evolution.

The scrapbook was donated by Emily’s daughter Eugenia Summer.

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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