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Harold A. McGinnis Collection

Identifier: 2004-06-08
The Harold A. McGinnis Collection relates to World War I and World War II era aircraft and military personnel. The collection contains five pilot log books belonging to McGinnis which pertain to World War I as well as photographs and five photograph collages consisting of 79 individual photographs that feature portraits and World War I and pre-World War II era military aircraft.


  • 1914-1930s


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.


3.5 Cubic Feet (1 full-width letter-size document box and 1 oversized folder )


Harold A. McGinnis (1893-1986) served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Aviation Section as a pilot during World War I and remained in the military until his retirement in 1948. The collection contains pilot log books relating to World War I and photographs relating to World War I and pre-World War II era military aircraft.

Biographical Note: Harold A. McGinnis

Harold A. McGinnis was born November 26, 1893 in Murrayville, Illinois. In 1917 McGinnis enlisted and served during World War I as a pilot in the Signal Corps, Aviation Section. He remained in the military until 1948, retiring as USAF Brigadier General. McGinnis died February 20, 1986 in Bremerton, Washington.


Biography derived from collection materials.


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 Other Institutions

There is material related to Harold A. McGinnis' military career at the Air Force Historical Research Agency:

McGinnis, Harold Alling Papers. 1918-1970. Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Online finding aid:

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in the library:
  • General Kenney Reports, A Personal History of the Pacific War by George C. Kenney, 1949.
  • Victory Through Air Power by Major Alexander P. De Seversky, 1942.
Guide to the Harold A. McGinnis Collection
Completed - Level 4
J. Parent
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

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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