Guide to the Maycie Herrington Papers

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University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Maycie Herrington papers
Date: 1943-2005, undated
Date (bulk): 1943
Collection Number: 251
Creator: Herrington, Maycie
Extent: 0.75 linear feet (1 document box, 1 poster)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: The Maycie Herrington papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of materials related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as materials pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.



This collection contains photographic prints, a poster, and unpublished manuscripts regarding the military history of the Tuskegee Airmen as well as African American history.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Maycie Herrington papers, Collection 251. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

The Maycie Herrington papers were acquired as a gift in 2005.

Processing History

Initial processing completed by Gwido Zlatkes, 2006. Final processing completed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2007.

Biography

Maycie Herrington was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 7, 1918 to Dicie and Thomas Copeland. She graduated from Washington High School in 1936 and continued her education at St. Augustine College, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1940. In 1943, Maycie married Aaron Herrington and the couple moved to Tuskegee, Alabama shortly thereafter so that Aaron could start flight training with the U.S. Army Air Force. While in Tuskegee, Maycie found employment at the Red Cross. Her husband Aaron was a cadet and graduated as a single-engine pilot in May 1943; due to a crash in the final phase of his training he did not serve overseas. Maycie and Aaron welcomed the birth of their first child, daughter Ann, on March 16, 1944. The family moved to Long Beach, California in 1948. Maycie began work for the U.S. Department of Social Services in 1949 until her retirement in 1981. To promote the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Maycie created a set of Tuskegee Airmen trading cards which include a photograph and biography of individual airmen. Aaron died October 1, 1995 and Maycie kept his membership in the Los Angeles chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.; she became an active member in 1996 and secretary in 1998.

Chronology

1918: Maycie was born.
1936: Maycie received her High School diploma from Washington High School.
1940: Maycie graduated from St. Augustine College with a Bachelors of Science degree.
1943: Maycie married Aaron Herrington.
  The Herrington's moved to Tuskegee, Alabama.
1944: Maycie gave birth to daughter, Ann.
1948: The Herrington's moved to Long Beach, California.
1949: Maycie began work for the U.S. Department of Social Services.
1981: Maycie retired from the U.S. Department of Social Services.
1995: Aaron Herrington dies.
1996: Maycie became an active member of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Maycie Herrington papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of materials related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as materials pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.
The Maycie Herrington papers are comprised of both print and visual materials that document the military history of the Tuskegee Airmen as well as African American history. Photographic prints, a poster, and unpublished manuscripts are included.

Collection Arrangment

This collection is arranged into two series. The contents of each series are arranged alphabetically by format type. The series arrangement of this collection is as follows:
  • Series 1. African American history, undated.
  • Series 2. Military history, 1943-2005, undated.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

African American fighter pilots.
Herrington, Aaron.
United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th History.
United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 332nd History.
World War II.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Documents.
Photographic prints.
Posters.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. African American history. undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials regarding African American history. Includes one poster that depicts the role of African Americans in the United States Air Force.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by format type.
Map-Case AA5, Folder 1

Poster, "African Americans and the United States Air Force". undated.

 

Series 2. Military history. 1943-2005, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials regarding the history of the United States military. Two unpublished manuscripts that discuss the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, photographic prints regarding the Tuskegee Army Air Field, and collecting cards featuring a select number of the Tuskegee Airmen are included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by format type.
Box 1, Folder 1

Collecting cards, ten uncut sheets featuring select Tuskegee Airmen. undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

Manuscript (unpublished), a brief history of the Tuskegee Airmen prepared by Maycie Herrington. 2005.

Box 1, Folder 3

Manuscript (unpublished), "History of the Tuskegee Airmen" by Maycie Herrington. 2002.

Box 1, Folder 4

Photographic print, captioned "General Eisenhower and Colonel Noel Parrish at Tuskegee made during World War II" (2 copies). undated.

Box 1, Folder 5

Photographic print, captioned "Pictures of cadets and officers made on base at Tuskegee Army Air Force Field in 1943 and 1944". 1943-1944.

Box 1, Folder 6

Photographic print, captioned "Pictures of cadets made at Tuskegee Army Air Force Base in 1943". 1943.

Box 1, Folder 7

Photographic print, captioned "Pictures of cadets made at Tuskegee Army Air Force Base in 1943". 1943.

Box 1, Folder 8

Photographic print, captioned "Pictures of cadets made at Tuskegee Army Air Force Base in 1943". 1943.

Box 1, Folder 9

Photographic print, captioned "Planes made at Tuskegee Army Air Force Base during World War II". undated.

Box 1, Folder 10

Photographic print, captioned "Planes made at Tuskegee Army Air Force Base during World War II". undated.

Box 1, Folder 11

Photographic print, captioned "Tuskegee Airmen servicing plane overseas during World War II". undated.

Box 1, Folder 12

Photographic print, captioned "Tuskegee cadets during study session at U.S. Army Force Base". undated.

Box 1, Folder 13

Photographic print, captioned "View of the Tuskegee Army Airfield made during World War II" (2 copies). undated.