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Minnie M. Boyd Collection on The Ninety-Nines

Identifier: 2017-03-28
The Minnie M. Boyd Collection on The Ninety-Nines primarily relates to the Eastern Washington Chapter and the Northwest Section of the Ninety-Nines, Inc., although other chapters and sections are included to a lesser extent, from the 1950s-1990s.

The collection, gathered by Minnie M. Boyd, during her time as an active member of the Ninety-Nines, contains organizational records, including chapter constitutions and by-laws, meeting agendas and minutes, and financial reports, as well as election materials. Correspondence relating to organizational matters, such as dues, service reports for various chapters, and election discussions, as well as internal struggles within the association, is also included. Some correspondence features community service efforts for the 99s air marking program.

The membership series includes member materials, such as informational packets on who and what the 99s are, various chapter newsletters and mailer updates, thirty-eight (38) member directories dating from 1954-1985, and a membership handbook, as well as convention and annual meeting programs. Additional materials covering the All-Women Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR), also known as the Powder Puff Derby, for 1956-1961, 1966, and 1968 include insurance forms, applications for entry, official contestant lists, official results, monetary contributions by Ninety-Nines, handicap speeds for various aircraft models, sunrise and sunset tables, news releases and publicity sheets, and rules and regulations, as well as navigational maps and charts for U. S. airfields and airports involved in the race.

At the end of the collection, there are some clippings and photographs related to the activities and members of the Ninety-Nines, Inc., in addition to publications such as newsletters, histories, and a cookbook. Other ephemera, include 99s letterhead, decals, booklets that discuss proper attire for female pilots, and the lyrics for an untitled 99s song.


  • circa 1920s-1998 (bulk dates 1950s-1990s)
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1998


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.


2 Cubic Feet (4 full width legal size document boxes and 1 oversized folder)


Minnie M. Boyd (1910-1998) was born in Four Lakes, Washington and was an avid aviator. This collection contains correspondence, organizational records, membership directories, photographs, clippings, printed materials, and ephemera related to the Ninety-Nines, Inc.,and gathered by Minnie M. Boyd during her time as a member.

Biographical Note: Minnie M. Boyd

Minnie M. Boyd (née Dressler) was born August 14, 1910 in Four Lakes, Washington to Andrew and Minnie Kersteter Dressler. The family relocated to Pullman, Washington where she graduated from high school in 1928. After high school she attended Washington State College (now Washington State University) and in 1929 she wed Carl Boyd.

Boyd and her husband were farmers near Pullman. She began to fly in 1946 and was an avid pilot of small, single-engine planes. She was a charter member of the Washington Flying Farmers and a member of the Spokane Chapter of the International Organization of Women Pilots, better known as "The Ninety-Nines" (99's). The Ninety-Nines "promote advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight."

As a "99", she participated in three All-Woman Transcontinental Air Races (1955, 1960, and 1961), better known as the "Powder Puff Derby". Boyd also served the Ninety-Nines in various roles, from committee service to being the Northwest Section Governor (1959-1960). Additionally, she was active in Flying Farmers, now known as International Flying Farmers, an organization focused on promotion and use of airplanes in agriculture.

Boyd died of natural causes on August 10, 1998.


Biography derived from collection materials and History of the 99s.
Historical Note: Ninety-Nines The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots was founded November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. In 1931, Amelia Earhart was elected the first President, and the group selected the name "Ninety-Nines" (99s) to represent the 99 charter members.

Their mission and purpose is to "promote advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight." Activities include aviation education seminars in the community, air racing, and airmarking - volunteering their time to paint airport names, compass rose symbols and other identifications on airports.

According to, there are twenty-five (25) sections and one hundred fifty-five (155) chapters world-wide. The International Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is home to the 99s Museum of Women Pilots "housing the library, the oral history video tapes" and many member collections.

Source and Further Reading:

History of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. Published by The Ninety-Nines, Inc., 1979.

Note on Arrangement

  • Series 1. Organizational Records
  • - Constitution and bylaws
  • - Agendas and minutes
  • - Financial records
  • - Election materials
  • Series 2. Correspondence
  • - General
  • - Airmarking
  • Series 3. Membership
  • Series 4. Photographs
  • Series 5. Clippings
  • Series 6. Publications
  • Series 7. Ephemera


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 at The Museum of Flight

Norah O'Neill Papers. Norah Ellen O'Neill (1949-2017), from Seattle, Washington, was a commercial pilot, a member of the 99s, and an aviation pioneer. The collection contains a scrapbook, book reviews, newsletters and serials, photographs, pilot log books, and correspondence related to her flight career and personal life.
Related Archival Materials at Other Institutions There is material related to The Ninety-Nines, Inc. (Lubbock, Texas Chapter) at Texas Tech University. Online finding aid:

Additionally, researchers may contact the 99s Museum of Women Pilots in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which houses a library, oral history video tapes, and "the Jessie Woods Photo collection, as well as collections from Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden, Matilde Moisant, Grace Harris, Hazel Jones, Lucile Wright, Jerrie Cobb, Edna Gardner Whyte, Jackie Cochran and so much more." Online at
Guide to the Minnie M. Boyd Collection on The Ninety-Nines
Completed - Level 4
J. Parent
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Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.
  • June 2020: Updated related agents.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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