Harry R. Wilson Collection Description

HARRY R. WILSON (1897-1984). Papers; n.d., 1915-1983. .35
cu. ft.

Harry Wilson was born in England in 1897. He joined the Royal
Army Medical Corps during World War I as a surgical orderly. He
later transferred to the Flying Corps and served in France from
1916 to 1919 as a radial engineering specialist, occasionally
flying reconnaissance as a gunner. After returning to England
in 1919, he joined a group of engineers and then migrated to Canada.
In 1923 he moved to Michigan and worked as a tool designer. He
received his pilot’s license in 1932. During World War II he was
involved in military and civilian flight training programs at
Western Michigan University where he helped organize the Department
of Aviation Mechanics. After the war, Wilson helped set up aviation
training for the eleventh and twelfth grades at Lansing Technical
High School, and later participated in the organization of Lansing
Community College. In 1963, he worked with the United Nations
International Aviation Organization in Montreal on an aviation
training program. In 1964, he worked on the development of Lansing
Community College’s aviation training program. He was also an
author and wrote poetry and a number of magazine articles. He
died in 1984 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The collection consists of the notes of a handwritten draft
and tapes and transcripts concerning Harry Wilson’s autobiography
covering his life up to 1941. Also there are tapes and transcripts
from interviews between Harry Wilson and Dennis Walle concerning
his life and work. There are also copies of correspondence between
Wilson and members of his family; drafts of a book he was writing;
copies of articles and poetry he wrote; copies of World War I
photos; a copy of a family scrapbook; a college catalog and other
papers concerning Lansing Community College; newspaper clippings
about himself; and other papers.

The collection was presented to the archives by Harry Wilson
in 1983.

HMC-0351

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