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George J. Frebert photograph collection on Delaware aviation
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George J. Frebert photograph collection on Delaware aviation

Accession 2011.297

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Judy Stevenson and encoded by Chase Markee in 2013.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-30T11:41-0400

Finding aid prepared using best local practices and Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, George J. Frebert photograph collection on Delaware aviation (Accession 2011.297), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: George J. Frebert photograph collection on Delaware aviation
Dates: 1918-1999
Accession Number: 2011.297
Creator: Frebert, George J., 1929-2002
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
Physical Description: 246 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 51 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 34 contact prints : b&w. 24 negatives : color ; 35mm. 3 negatives : b&w.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: George J. Frebert (1929-2002) was a pilot and aviation enthusiast who served in the Air Force during the Korean War, operated the Dover Litho Printing Company in Dover, DE, published "Delaware Aviation History," and restored vintage airplanes as a hobby. This collection contains both materials used in the preparation of "Delaware Aviation History" and other items that Frebert collected dealing with Delaware aviation, aviators and airports.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

George J. Frebert (1929-2002) was a pilot and aviation enthusiast. He learned to fly solo at age 16, served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and operated the Dover Litho Printing Company in Dover, DE between 1957 and 1991. He continued flying and restoring vintage airplanes as a hobby. In 1998, he published "Delaware Aviation History" through his printing company.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains both materials used in the preparation of "Delaware Aviation History" and other items that Frebert collected dealing with Delaware aviation, aviators and airports. Many of the photographs are original prints, though a number are copied from historical repositories. A majority of the collection focuses on the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, especially aircraft built by Bellanca in the first half of the twentieth century. Additionally, the collection contains photographs of aviation notables and record-setters, including Elinor Smith and Roger Q. Williams.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Aircraft
Box Folder
1 1 Bellanca CE and CF aircraft, 1918-1922
1 2 Wright-Bellanca WB1 and WB2 aircraft - "Columbia,", 1925-1934
1 3 Bellanca model K aircraft - "Roma", 1927-1928
1 4 Bellanca CH-200, CH-300, and CH-400 aircraft, 1927-1931
1 5 Bellanca TES (Tandem Engine Special) aircraft, 1929
1 6 Bellanca 77-140 bomber/seaplane, 1930
1 7 Bellanca J-300 - "Miss Veedol", 1931
1 8 Bellanca Navy XSE-1 aircraft, 1932
1 9 Bellanca Navy XSE-2 aircraft, 1934
1 10 Bellanca AirCruiser / AirBus aircraft, 1935-1938
1 11 Bellanca Navy XOE-1 aircraft, 1936
1 12 Bellanca 28-90 aircraft - "Flash", 1936-1937
1 13 Bellanca 28-92 aircraft - three engine racer, 1938
1 14 Bellanca 14-9, 14-10, and 14-13 aircraft, 1938
1 15 Bellanca T-14-14 aircraft - trainer, 1938
1 16 Fairchild AT-21 bomber aircraft (World War II) - built at Bellanca plant, 1941-1943
1 17 Bellanca tow target aircraft, 1945
1 18 Bellanca 14-9 - "Junior", Bellanca 14-13 - CruisAir, circa 1945
1 19 Bellanca TO-50 aircraft, undated
II. Places
Box Folder
1 20 Bellanca Plant - Delaware, 1927-1929
1 21 Delaware airfields - DuPont Airfield, All American Engineering, All American Aviation, 1917-1951
1 22 Delaware airfields - Dover, New Castle, Rehoboth (AOPA fly-in -Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), 1925-1952
III. People
Box Folder
1 23 Aviation notables and record-setters, 1928-1936
1 24 George Frebert, circa 1970-1985
IV. Miscellaneous
Box Folder
1 25 Scale model - Bellanca CF aircraft, 1999
1 26 Miscellaneous Delaware aviation photographs, undated