The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library
P.O. Box 188, USAF Academy, CO 80840-0188

Friends of the Air Force Academy Library

Welcome to the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library web site.  The Friends is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  We invite you to explore our site.  You will find links describing our past, current and future projects to enrich the library's collections and to serve the cadets of the United States Air Force Academy as well as interested researchers.  You can also view selected contents of some of the collections that provide graphic insights from man's early attempts to master flight through the evolution of military air power, the United States Air Force, and the USAF Academy.  These collections also include the papers of many distinguished leaders in the history of aviation and the Air Force. Our online collections include:

  1. The USAFA Graduate Memorial Wall is an interactive database of information pertaining to graduates killed as a result of hostile action during a state of military conflict. The project’s continuing goal is to assemble all the available material dealing with the adult lives of the Air Force Academy graduates whose names are now or will be inscribed on the Academy’s Graduate Memorial Wall. This project reflects The Friends commitment to being a premiere Academy organization in recording and preserving the heritage of the Air Force Academy.
  2. The USAFA Graduate Prisoner of War listing is an interactive database of information pertaining to graduates held as prisoners of war during a state of military conflict. The project’s goal is to accumulate all available material on the adult lives of those graduates who have been POWs or become POWs in future conflicts. The project reflects The Friends continuing commitment to recording and preserving the heritage of the Air Force Academy.
  3. Icarus, The Cadet Journal of the Arts, featuring the artistic endeavors of our cadets to include selections of art, poetry, prose and photography.
  4. Doolittle Photographs, featuring several hundred captioned photographs of General Doolittle’s life from childhood through the 1970s. Although there are few photos of the famous Doolittle Raid during World War II, these photographs offer an overview of many events in his life. There are also some photographs with personal autographs that were sent to General Doolittle from personalities associated with his aviation and military career.
  5. Fred Hill Photographs, This collection consists of colored slides dating from 1943-1945 arranged into four series: 1) New Guinea; 2) Philippines; 3) Ie Shima and Rykyu Islands; 4) Philippines with aircraft used in the Pacific War during WWII, and miscellaneous extras. Images were created by Lab Chief Sgt Frederick H. Hill during his time with the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Reconnaissance Group, 91st Wing, Fifth Air Force during WWII. Any reproduction of these slides should include an acknowledgement for Mr. Hill and a reference to USAFA SMS 1479. Another Fred Hill collection is available on-line from Eastern Oregon University.
  6. Clark Firearm Collection Brochure featuring the collection of 31 military shoulder arms donated by Lt. Gen. Clark to the Air Force Academy and on display in the McDermott Library. Includes photographs and descriptions of these arms which reflect most of the principal types of arms issued to United States troops during and since the American Revolution.
  7. Stalag Luft III brochure featuring the historical collection of the Stalag Luft III Former Prisoners of War. The collection contains memoirs, diaries, photographs and memorabilia donated by former prisoners of war of Stalag Luft III, the German prison camp made famous by the “Great Escape” of World War II.  

The Friends publish a semiannual newsletter which is sent to patrons and donors and is archived on this web site.  Individuals who support The Friends mission and wish to join our efforts are welcome to inquire about providing continuing support to the Academy Library through patron donations to The Friends.

The Friends' support enables the Library to broaden its scope and expand its activities beyond those made possible with Air Force allocated funds.  In order to provide this support, The Friends accepts monetary gifts as well as donations of certain personal papers, rare books, and similar items pertaining to the history of flight and to the history of the Air Force and the Air Force Academy.  The Friends also offers a unique opportunity for those who wish to provide special, perpetual commemoration to individuals, organizations, or a group of individuals.

 Please feel free to contact The Friends if you have any questions or comments. 

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