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Hettie Baum Scrapbook, 1909-1990


Hettie Baum (1889-1969) served as postmaster of the Kitty Hawk Post Office for many years and was heavily involved in anniversary celebrations surrounding the Wright Brothers' first flight. The Hettie Baum Scrapbook, 1909-1990 (bulk 1948-1955), largely commemorates the anniversary celebrations honoring the Wright Brothers' first successful sustained flight in a heavier-than-air craft, which occurred in present-day Kill Devil Hills, N.C., in 1903. Baum's scrapbook documents the 46th and 50th anniversaries of the flight, held in 1949 and 1953 respectively. The scrapbook contains news clippings, articles, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. Most of the scrapbook's contents were too sever ... (more below)

Title

Hettie Baum Scrapbook, 1909-1990

Collection Number

PC.5069

Date(s)

1909-1990 (bulk 1948-1955)

Date(s)

1948-1955

Box 1
Language

English

Abstract

Hettie Baum (1889-1969) served as postmaster of the Kitty Hawk Post Office for many years and was heavily involved in anniversary celebrations surrounding the Wright Brothers' first flight. The Hettie Baum Scrapbook, 1909-1990 (bulk 1948-1955), largely commemorates the anniversary celebrations honoring the Wright Brothers' first successful sustained flight in a heavier-than-air craft, which occurred in present-day Kill Devil Hills, N.C., in 1903. Baum's scrapbook documents the 46  th and 50  th anniversaries of the flight, held in 1949 and 1953 respectively. The scrapbook contains news clippings, articles, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. Most of the scrapbook's contents were too severely damaged to preserve, so many of the materials in this collection are preservation photocopies.

Physical Location

3C2

Creator

Baum, Hettie Mae, 1889-1969

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


Original order has been retained.


Original order has been retained.


Available for research.


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Processed by Samantha Crisp, December 2017.


Hettie Baum was born 20 April 1885. She lived in Kitty Hawk, N.C., with her husband, Elijah. The couple operated a large store that also housed the Kitty Hawk Post Office. Elijah served as postmaster until a postal inspector stripped him of his title due to Elijah making an unapproved loan from post office funds, at which point Hettie was appointed postmaster. She held the position until her retirement in 1954. Hettie and Elijah were both heavily involved in the celebrations to commemorate the Wright Brothers' 1903 flight in 1949 and 1953, likely due to Elijah's having been the first local resident to meet Wilbur Wright on his initial visit to Kitty Hawk.


Formerly classified as 33BOK-0-7294.


PC.5069, Hettie Baum Scrapbook, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.


Donated by Edna Harris, July 1995.


The Hettie Baum Scrapbook, 1909-1990 (bulk 1948-1955), largely commemorates the anniversary celebrations honoring the Wright Brothers' first successful sustained flight in a heavier-than-air craft, which occurred in present-day Kill Devil Hills, N.C., in 1903. Baum's scrapbook documents the 46  th and 50  th anniversaries of the flight, held in 1949 and 1953 respectively. The scrapbook contains news clippings, articles, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. Most of the scrapbook's contents were too severely damaged to preserve, so many of the materials in this collection are preservation photocopies. The presence of photocopies and originals is noted within each folder title in the collection's container list.


  • Baum, Elijah William, 1885-1965
  • Wright, Orville, 1871-1948
  • Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial (N.C.)
  • Aeronautics--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills--Anniversaries, etc.
  • Kitty Hawk (N.C.)--History