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G. W. Charters Notebooks

Identifier: 2007-06-27-A
The G. W. Charters Notebooks are comprised of three notebooks containing training notes of a World War I Army pilot. The books contain notes and some diagrams on training and policy for members of the U.S. Army Air Service. Topics include gunnery, wireless radio, meteorology, theory of flight, flight and aircraft mechanics, engines, aerial observation and navigation, first aid, methods of modern warfare, gas defense, care of barracks and personal hygiene, guard duty, Army regulations and conduct, rules on military correspondence, and military law. One of the notebooks includes the inscription "U.S.S.M.A. Urbana Ill." on the front cover, likely indicating that Charters was a student at the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Illinois during the course of his training.


  • 1918


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half width letter size document box)


The G. W. Charters Notebooks are comprised of three notebooks containing training notes of a World War I Army pilot.

Biographical Note

George William Charters was born approximately 1889 in Wisconsin. He trained as a pilot in Urbana, Illinois and served with the U.S. Air Service during World War I. In 1918 he married Christine Pinault. After the war he worked in the paper industry in Canada. The Charters family relocated to Camas, Washington where George eventually retired in 1954. After the death of his wife in 1970, Charters relocated to San Rafael, California. He died in November 1974.


Biographical information is derived from collection materials and an obituary in the Daily Independent Journal (San Rafael, California), November 21, 1974.


No further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

The following Museum of Flight archival collections contain similar World War I-era training notes:

J. M. Wilson Notebook. The J. M. Wilson Notebook contains World War I training notes primarily on aircraft engines.

G. H. Frohn World War I Notebook. Notebook documenting the studies of Sgt. G. H. Frohn of the 32nd Aero Squadron during World War I.

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:

  • World War I Army pilot leather coat

  • World War I Army pilot leather boots
Guide to the G. W. Charters Notebooks
Completed - Level 4
A. Demeter
Description rules
Language of description
Processing, cataloging and digitization of this collection was made possible by a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) "Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives" grant.
Edition statement
1st Edition

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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