Women in Aviation at the University of Dubuque Digital Collection to Launch

Nov 14, 2018

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque’s Charles C. Myers Library will launch its digital collection, Women in Aviation at UD, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jubeck New World Brewing. The event is free and open to the public.

Partially funded by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges and the Mellon Foundation, Women in Aviation at UD is a digital collection of oral histories, photos, news clippings, a timeline, and an essay that provides a collective story about women in aviation. It can be viewed at bit.ly/WomenInAviationAtUD.

Over a dozen UD graduates who work in aviation occupations such as commercial pilot, corporate pilot, flight instructor, professor, mechanic, air traffic controller, and armed services were interviewed. Library staff led the year-long project with help from the Aviation Department and Women in Aviation student organization.

“Aviation is still a male dominated industry, but more women are entering the field. The University of Dubuque has a storied history of training women to succeed in the growing field of aviation. This digital collection has captured the individual stories of some of these women and people involved in the aviation program. These women have shown that no matter what your background is, and no matter what path within aviation you want to take, you can succeed with hard work and proper guidance,” said Christopher Doll, library director.

The launch at Jubeck will include a museum style display of memorabilia, artifacts, photos, newspaper articles, trophies, and photos. Some of the people interviewed will also be in attendance. After the launch event, the display will be moved to the Charles C. Myers Library to be displayed as a short-term exhibit.

The project is part of DigitalUD, which is hosted by the Charles C. Myers Library and serves as a digital repository of select archival material and academic works created by faculty, students, and staff.