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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Arthur C. Harmon papers
    Date (inclusive): 1940-2006, undated
    Date (bulk): 1995-2006
    Collection Number: 313
    Creator: Harmon, Arthur C., 1925-2006
    Extent: 10.5 linear feet (3 document boxes, 1 half-size document box, 2 record storage boxes, 2 flat storage boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The Arthur C. Harmon papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of material related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as material pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.



    This collection is comprised of material that documents the military career and personal life of Arthur C. Harmon, a Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force who trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field during World War II. It contains items collected or created by Harmon regarding United States military history including that of the Tuskegee Airmen, African American history, and Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Military service records, correspondence, certificates, flight manuals, pilot supplies, clothing, newspaper clippings, videotapes, books, patches, photographs, and other material are included.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    The 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]. Arthur C. Harmon papers, Collection 313. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Arthur C. Harmon papers were acquired as a gift in 2008. Additional materials were donated in 2009 and 2012.

    Processing History

    Processed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2008. Updated by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2009 and 2012.

    Biography

    Arthur C. Harmon was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 26, 1925 and raised in Los Angeles, California. As a young child, Harmon became captivated by aviation through radio programs such as the Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen and model airplane building. He also showed an early interest in music and at the age of seventeen became a member of the local Musicians Union. In 1943, Harmon decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a pilot and joined the United States Army Air Corps. He trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field and graduated from class TE-45-G as a Second Lieutenant on October 16, 1945. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the 617th Medium Bombardment Squadron of the 477th Composite group as a pilot. This group never saw action in World War II as Japan surrendered before their training was complete and the group was disbanded on July 1, 1947.
    Upon his discharge from the United States Air Force (USAF) Harmon decided to pursue his other early interest of music by attending and majoring in Music at George Pepperdine College (currently Pepperdine University). In 1951, he was recalled by the USAF and continued his military career on assignments at Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB), Fairchild AFB, Yokota Air Base (AB), Hill AFB, Elmendorf AFB, and Langley AFB. Harmon worked in the Strategic Air Command, Alaskan Air Command, and in the Major Air Command Aircraft Accident Prevention of the 4500th Air Base Wing. During the course of his military career, in 1953, Harmon was married to Irene Prince. In 1968, he retired from the USAF as a Major and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. After his retirement from the United States military Harmon settled in Lucas Valley-Marinwood, California and worked for Baldwin Piano and Organ Company as a sales representative and store manager. Additionally, he was part of the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band as well as an active member of the Retired Military Officers Association, the Air Force Association, and the William “Bill” Campbell chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Arthur C. Harmon passed away at his Marin County, California home on May 10th, 2006 at the age of eighty.

    Chronology

    1925: Arthur C. Harmon was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 26th.
    1929: Harmon's family moved to Los Angeles, California.
    1942: Harmon became a member of the Musicians Union.
    1943: Harmon joined the United States Army Air Corps.
    1945: Harmon graduated as a member of class TE-45-G as a Second Lieutenant on October 16th.
    1953: Harmon married Irene Prince on August 1st.
    1968: Harmon retired from the United States Air Force on August 1st.
    2006: Arthur C. Harmon died on May 10th.
    2008: A soil exposure on Mars was named after Harmon and investigated by the Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, as a target of scientific interest.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Arthur C. Harmon papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of material related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as material pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.



    This collection documents the military career and personal life of Arthur C. Harmon, a Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force who trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field during World War II. Materials consist of military service records, correspondence, certificates, flight manuals, and pilot supplies. This collection also includes items collected or created by Arthur C. Harmon regarding the history of the United States military, African American history, and Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Newspaper clippings, clothing, videotapes, books, patches, and photographs are included.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into five 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, 1995-1998, undated.
    • Series 2. Military history, 1945-2005, undated.
    • Series 3. Military service, 1940-2006, undated.
    • Series 4. Personal history, 1995-2006, undated.
    • Series 5. Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., 1988-2003, 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 and Indexing Terms

    African American fighter pilots.
    Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 332nd History.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th History.
    World War II.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Badges.
    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Pins (jewelry).
    VHS (TM).