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Creator Dudley, Delos E.
Title Delos E. Dudley Materials
Dates of Creation 1989-1997
Physical Description 2 folders
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Delos E. Dudley Materials consist of an audio tape of an oral history interview conducted by Ed Coffman with Delos Dudley, an engineer and trained pilot, which largely explores his childhood in Madison, Wisconsin; a typed transcript of the interview; a publication by Dudley titled "My Lindbergh Papers : Personal Memories of a National Hero," detailing Dudley's friendship with the famous aviator which began while they were both freshmen in the Engineering College at the University of Wisconsin; Dudley's obituary; a photograph by a relative[?]; and a floppy disk containing unknown material.
Admin/Biographical History The following biographical sketch is taken from the 'About the Author" page from Dudley's Lindbergh memoir:

"Delos Edison Dudley was born in 1901 at Madison, Wisconsin, son of Prof. and Mrs. W.H. Dudley. At an early age, he became interested in airplanes and built many models. He entered the Engineering College at the University of Wisconsin in September 1920. Here he met Charles Lindbergh, the beginning of a long friendship. Delos graduated in 1924 and took a position as an Engineer in North Chicago.

In 1927, after Lindbergh''s historic flight, he learned to fly at the Royal Airport at Madison. The following year Dudley and a fellow Madisonian established an airport at Janesville, Wisconsin. It was from this airport on a flight to Watertown that he was badly injured and spent months in the hospital. When he was finally discharged he was heavily in debt and the airport at Janesville was in shambles. At the time he resolved to engage in Engineering as his means of livelihood, but to continue his interest in aviation as an avocation.

In 1929 he was employed by Economy Pumps, Inc. of Chicago as an Engineer. In the following year he married Virginia Burdick. They had a daughter, Jean Mary. This marriage terminated in 1936.

In 1941 Dudley returned to Madison. He served as Engineer for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District until his retirement. In 1951, he married Alice Teglin. They had a daughter, Judith Ann.

During the period between his marriages he was active in a wide range of aviation activities. He owned his own plane and was certified by the Civil Aeronautic Administration as Airman, as Instructor in both Navigation and Meteorology. He taught Ground School for two Flying Schools. He built his ownaerial camera and did aerial photography in several parts of the country. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol and as Captain took command of the Madison Squadron.

In 1966, he retired. With his wife and daughter they moved to Lexington, Kentucky. He did not continue any of his flying activities. He became a Donovan Scholar at the University of Kentucky."
Archival History Presented by Anne Waidelich, Madison, Wisconsin, November 4, 1997. 1997.005
People Dudley, Delos E.
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
Subjects Air pilots
Childhood & youth
Engineering
Reminiscing
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 University of Wisconsin
Object Name Materials
Notes The following excerpt is taken from the page "About the Author" that appears at the back of Dudley's publication, "My Lindbergh Papers : Personal Memories of a National Hero."

"Delos Edson Dudley was born in 1901 at Madison, Wisconsin, son of Prof. and Mrs. W. H. Dudley. At an early age he became interested in airplanes and built many models. He entered the Engineering College at the University of Wisconsin in September 1920. Here he met Charles Lindbergh, the beginning of a long friendship. Delos graduated in 1924 and took a position as an Engineer at North Chicago.

"In 1927, after Lindbergh's historic flight, he learned to fly at the Royal Airport at Madison. The following year Dudley and a fellow Madisonian established an airport at Janesville, Wisconsin. It was from this airport on a flight to Watertown that he was badly injured and spent months in the hospital. When he was finally discharged he was heavily in debt and the airport at Janesvile was in shambles. At that time he resolved to engage in Engineeringin as his means of livelihood, but to continue his interest in aviation as an avocation. ..."
Call Number ARM 97-05
Catalog ID Number 1997.005.0001