Special Collections

Collection ID: SP-17
Location: SP-17

(Description ID: 594111)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Ebert C. Smith


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

he Ebert C. Smith Collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 1994.

Biographical Sketch
Ebert C. Smith, a native of Ashland, Ohio, attended the city's schools before entering Bowling Green State University where he received a degree in Business and Marketing. During his college years, he worked in his father's trucking business. Following graduation, Mr. Smith found employment at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base located in Dayton, Ohio. He remained at the base throughout his working career, holding the position of Historian upon retirement. He, his wife, (Eula) and children attended the High Street Methodist Church in Springfield, Ohio, where they resided. Smith maintained an acute interest in early aviation and railroad history as well as stamp collecting.

Scope and Content
The collection focuses on books, periodicals, publications, photographs, and some records about early aviation and rail history in the United States, particularly the years prior to and during World War II. Though only a portion of the material can be considered original, some records exist that document early U.S. aircraft manufacturring, the registration of aircraft during the WWII years, and the Civil Aeronautics Administration. Perhaps, the most valuable aspect of the collection is the black and white, identified photograph collection of early U.S. aircraft. A descriptive index of the photograph collection is available in the library reading room.

Ac. 5275
6 linear ft.

Box 1

1 Correspondence ECS 1954-1960
2 Correspondence ECS 1961-1964
3 Correspondence ECS 1965-1992
4 Correspondence Air Corps, Army Air Force 1936-1942
5 Correspondence Air Aeronautics Administration, Aircraft Inspections 1942
6 Correspondence ECS - Society of American Archivists 1953-1957
7 Correspondence ECS - Detroit Public Library
8 Civilian Aircraft Purchased by Armed Forces 1942-1943
9 Twin & Multi-Engined Aircraft Registered in U.S. 1943
10 Planes: miscellaneous photos, post cards, notes (handwritten)
11 Unidentified planes - drawings
12 Dirigibles
13 Plaques to Pioneer Flyers
14 Waco Aircraft Company
15 Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation
16 Rage Aviation Service, Oklahoma City, OK
17 Roberts Engine Company
18 Railroads: notes (handwritten)
19 Railroads: photographs, post cards
20 Railroads: brochures, time tables
21 Railroads: miscellaneous
22 Stamps
23 Grand Turks Islands - Caircos Islands Road Maintenance

Box 2 - Periodicals (complete inventory available in the library reading room)

1 Aeronautical Engineering Review
2 Aerospace Historian
3 Air & Space
4 Air BP
5 Air Force - 1956-1958
6 Air Force - 1959, 1970, 1974
7 Air Trails
8 Air University Quarterly Review
9 American Aircraft Modeler
10 American Aviation Historical Society Journal
11 American Airman
12 Antique Airplane News
13 Antique Airplanes Quarterly
14 Boeing Magazine
15 Bulletin 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976
16 Bulletin 1978, 1979
17 Educational Journal
18 Flying 1944, 1945
19 Flying 1945, 1964
20 Focus on Robert Graves & His Contemporaries
21 I Care
22 Insider Talk
23 Journal of American Aviation Historical Society
24 Lexington Quarterly
25 Model Airplane News
26 National Aeronautic Association Review
27 Ohio Flyer
28 Ox 5 Wing Ding
29 Parks Air News
30 Private Pilot
31 Ryan Reporter
32 Wingspread

Box 3 - Publications

1 ACF Industries 55th Annual
2 Airman’s Information
3 Air Corps. Technical Report: The Material Division - Its Organization & Engineering
4 Air Force Manual of Abbreviation (1970)
5 Association of American Railroads - Railroad Mileage by States (1959)
6 Association of American Railroads. Research: The Route to Better Rail Service
7 Associated Hobby Manufacturers 1979
8 Ausmus, Reiny. Early Bird Experiences
9 Curtis Wright Corporation Engineer Ranjet Primer, Turbojet Primer
10 Douglas Aircraft. Service Information - Summary (1\2 - 1962)
11 Hauptversammlung 1938 der Lilienthal: Gesellschaet furLuftfahrforschung (1938)
12 J. B. Publishing - Nebraska C.B. & Q. Depots (1970)
13 Kettering Digest (1956)
14 NASA Technical Notes, D-1026, D-1162 Installations
15 National Advisory Committee Aeronautics: Testing of Baloon Gas #168 Spartan
16 National Archives Preliminary Inventories #108. Records of the House of Representatives
     Select Committee of Inquiry into Operations of the U.S. Air Services (1924-1925)
17 New York Central System. Examination for Fireman (1945)
18 Preliminary Inventories. Number 101 War Department National Archives Collection of
     Confederate Records
19 New York Air Brake Co. - Strato Power in Aviation
20 Parks College of Aeronautical Technology of St. Louis MT Airframe and Powerplant
     Mechanic Cause & Flight Training Bulletin (1960)
21 St. Petersburg Times (Reprint) November 29, 1953
22 Saturday Evening Post - Birth of a Miracle. Wesley Price
23 Ships and Aircraft. U.S. Army - Aircraft (1908-1946) by James C. Fahey
24 Spartan Aircraft Since 1928 - Spartan Model 7W Executive
25 Trains Magazine 1928 Handy Railroad Atlas of United States
26 U.S. Air Force Historical Program Notes (1977, 1978)
27 U.S. Air Force History Office: A Guide to Personal Collections in Public and Private 
28 U.S. Army Air Force: Glider Pilot Training Program 1941-1943
29 U.S. Air Force of Flight and Bold Men
30 U.S. Army Air Force Silhouette Handbook of U.S. Army Air Force Airplanes
31 U.S. Air Force Unit Costs of Aircraft, Guided Engines (1958)
32 U.S. Air Force: U.S. Air Power: Key to Deterrence (1947-1976)
33 U.S. Department of Commerce. Civil Aeronautics Administrative Maintenance, Repair
     & Alteration of Airframes, Powerplants, Propellers & Appliances (Manual #18) (1957)
34 U.S. Department of Commerce Civil Aeronautics Administration Practical Air
     Navigation(Bulletin #23) (1941)
35 U.S. Department of Commerce Civil Aeronautics Administration Practical Air Navigation
    (Bulletin #24) (1940)
36 U.S. Department of Commerce Civil Aeronautics Administration Practical Air Navigation
    (Bulletin #24) (1945)
37 Waco Aircraft Co. - Instruction Manual for Waco Model UPF. Waco - A1-A164 & 1-1500
38 Westinghouse. Aviation Handbook
39 Wright Patterson Air Force Base Aircraft Noise & Sonic Boom (1959)
40 Wright Patterson Air Force Base: Index of AF serial numbers assigned to Aircraft 1958
     and Prior. Part 1: Numerical Listing
41 Wright Patterson Air Force Base - Pictorial Review (1917-1967)
     Handbook of Style and Policy (1970)

Transferred to the Library:

BOOKS (Air):

  • Ohio Airport Directory, 1963
  • Winged Gospel, America's Romance with Aviation, 1900-1950
  • Aircraft Engines
  • Great Mysteries of Aviation
  • Heroes of the Sunlit Sky
  • Red Baron
  • Biplane
  • Aviation Facts and Figures
  • Systems Approach
  • United States Air Force History: An Annotated Bibliography
  • United States Air Force History: A Guide to Documentary Sources
  • First War Planes
  • Air News Yearbook, Volume 2
  • Evolution of Aerial Warfare
  • United States Civil Aircraft Register
  • What Plane Is That?
  • Giants in the Sky
  • Days of Trial and Triumph
  • Pictorial History of Lockheed
  • September Champions: The Story of America's Air Racing Pioneers
  • America's Fighting Planes
  • Aircraft Year Book: 1957-1958
  • Airwar


  • Air Commerce Act of 1926

BOOKS (General):

  • Book of Small Houses
  • Directory of American Scholars
  • Rules for the Government of Employes of the Pere Marquette Railway Co.
  • Stamps, Posts, and Postmarks
  • Additional Improvement Patents, 1837-1861
  • Friendship United Methodist Church Directory and Annual Report, 1979
  • Great Book of Currier and Ives' America
  • Lagonda United Methodist church
  • First Methodist Church, Conservation Service
  • High Street United Methodist Church
  • Welcome to First United Methodist Church
  • Historic West Liberty, Ohio Yearbook and Directory, 1965-1966
  • Milford Center, Ohio, 1816-1866-1966 Sesquicentennial
  • Lake Erie Floods, Lake Levels, Northeast Storms
  • Printing Office Style Manual
  • Handbook of American Genealogy
  • Encyclopedia of Associations
  • Christmas in America

PAMPHLETS (General):

  • Tribute to John H. Patterson Delivered on the Hundredth Anniversary of His Death
  • Dr. Hess Stock Book
  • Exhibit: Ford Documents and Photographs
  • Ford Motor Company Archives
  • Story of a Little Waterdrop
  • Leary's of Philadelphia
  • Guide Book and History of the President Calvin Coolidge Home at Plymouth Notch, Vermont