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Maude McClaine Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1983-11-14
The Maude McClaine Collection is a small collection documenting McClaine's aviation career based out of Spokane, Washington in the 1930s. Present in the collection are: her circa 1929 pilot's license application drafts; various pilot licenses and identity cards; membership cards for Mamer Flying Service and Aviation Country Clubs, Inc.; a "fledgling certificate" from Standard Oil Company of California; her pilot's logbook spanning 1929-1937; six photographs, primarily portraits of McClaine; clippings spanning 1915-1940; a small amount of correspondence, including an enclosed typescript draft of an article she wrote. Finally there is a catalog for an estate sale of her belongings held in 1979.


  • 1915-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1929-1942

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.


0.3 Cubic Feet (One half-width letter size document box, one oversize folder)

Biographical Note: Maude McClaine

Maude McClaine was an early female aviator from the Pacific Northwest.

Maude Josephine (Bateham) McClaine was born on April 23, 1894 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Anson P. Bateham, who worked in the oil industry. She attended the Portland Academy [in Portland, Oregon?] and she lived in Tacoma, Washington before getting married to Adolphus Fielding McClaine, Jr. in 1915. He had attended Cornell University and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He went on to work in the oil industry. They settled in Spokane, Washington after their marriage.

McClaine became interested in aviation when she met aviator Frank Hawks in the late 1920s. She studied flying in 1929 under Nick Mamer and Dick Gleeson of Mamer Flying Service, Inc. at Felts Field in Parkwater, Washington. She had one and a half months of flying instruction as well as four weeks of mechanical training on OX5 motors. She had the distinction of being the first woman flyer to earn her wings at a Northwest air school, and when she earned her limited commercial pilot's license in 1930 she was one of only 25 women in the country to have one.

McClaine was known as a society woman in Spokane. She was active with the Spokane Junior Leage and with the Spokane Figure Skating Club. She was also fond of gardening.

She died in 1980 and is buried in Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane.

Related Materials

The Museum's Biographical Information Files also include information about and photographs of McClaine.

Separated Materials

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

  • White scarf
  • Leather helmet
  • Goggles
  • Flying coat
  • Boots
Guide to the Maude McClaine Collection
Completed - Level 2
N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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