Inventory of the Dewey Hooper Collection, 1939 - 1994 Mss.Coll.011

Inventory of the Dewey Hooper Collection, 1939 - 1994
Mss.Coll.011


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Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
2550 Campus Box
Elon, North Carolina
27244
336-278-6599
Email: belkarchives@elon.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Dewey Glenn Hooper
Title: Dewey Hooper Collection, 1939 - 1994
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then into seven series. Where applicable, within each series the materials are arranged chronologically. The seven series are: Artifact; Books; Correspondence; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material. Most of the materials in this collection pertain to Dewey Hooper as a student at Elon College during 1939 and 1940 and as a member of the US Army Air Forces Reserve during the early stages of WWII.
Extent: .5 linear feet, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dewey Hooper Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

unknown


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Accession Information

Not applicable


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, February 2006

Encoded by Lynne Bisko, January 2008


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Biographical Note

Note: The numbers cited in parenthesis refer the researchers to the Series#: Folder# in which that name/topic will be found (example: 1:5).



Early Years: (3:5)
* Born February 22, 1919 in Caswell County
* Dewey Hooper was the 8th child of 10
* Father's name was Uga L. Hooper
* Family lived in Mebane, NC on a farm that grew tobacco, corn, wheat, rye, barley, and oats, and had livestock
* Sister-Myrtle Hooper Dellinger (Dellenger?)
* Brother-C.V. "Pete" Hooper
* Brother-C. Woodrow Hooper



Education: (3:5, 7:9)
* Attended the North Carolina State College for two years and then transferred to Elon College
* While at the North Carolina State College he was a member of ROTC
* Attended Elon College from 1939-1940
* Graduated Elon College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1940
* As a Junior and Senior at Elon College, he was a member of the Psi Nu Fraternity
* Dewey Hooper was the movie projectionist, a member of the photography club, and Student Christian Association (SCA) while at Elon College



Career as a Teacher: (2:1, 3:5, 7:10)
* Received his High School Teaching Certificate from the Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina on 9-17-1940. This certificate was good through 1945
* He was certified to teach math and science
* Dewey Hooper taught at Central High School (location unknown), Grade 8, and subjects including Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, and Math I



Military Career: (3:3, 3:5, 7:11, 7:14)
* In May of 1941, he volunteered in the military for 1 year
* Dewey spent 6 months in the chemical warfare department at Ft. Belvoir, VA, then in December of 1941 he transferred to the Air Force
* Dewey was inducted into the Army on May 28, 1941
* He was enlisted into the Army June 28, 1941 (could be conflicting dates with above statement?)
* He went through basic training at Maxwell Field, Alabama; primary training at Shaw Field, SC; secondary training at Sumter, SC; completed training at Turner Field, Albany, Georgia in the summer of 1942. He also participated with flight training in Bennettsville, SC
* Dewey Hooper was the co-pilot on the "Texas Terror" on December 18, 1942
* Dewey Hooper died December 18, 1942 when the "Texas Terror" crashed into the face of Mt. Straloch on Hinchinbrook Island (Great Barrier Reef area)
* He was buried at Fort McPherson in Maxwell, Nebraska on January 7, 1949 with other members of the "Texas Terror" crew



Awards and Certificates: (7:2, 7:10, 7:11)
* Received an award from the Southeast Air Corps Training Center on December 29, 1941. He was named the Corporal in the Corps of Aviation Cadets (Maxwell Field, Alabama)
* On June 15, 1939, he received an Honorable Discharge from the North Carolina National Guard due to change of residence
* Dewey Hooper received his High School Teacher's certificate on 9-17-1940, certified to teach math and science
* On August 4, 1942, he received a discharge from the Army, in order to join the Army Air Forces Reserve



Biographical Sources:
Phi Psi Cli Student Yearbook
1939-pg. 57 and 106
1940-pg. 30, 88, 89, and 107


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Scope and Contents

This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then into seven series. Where applicable, within each series the materials are arranged chronologically. The seven series are: Artifact; Books; Correspondence; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material. Most of the materials in this collection pertain to Dewey Hooper as a student at Elon College during 1939 and 1940 and as a member of the US Army Air Forces Reserve during the early stages of WWII.

One of the larger series in the collection, Artifact, contains only three dimensional artifacts. Primarily the artifacts are from Dewey Hooper's service in the US Military, including items from the "Texas Terror" plane crash on Hinchinbrook Island (Great Barrier Reef) on December 18, 1942 (1:1-1:3, 1:6-1:15) . The other artifacts in this series are representative of his days as a student at Elon College (1:4, 1:5).

There are only two items in the Books series, reflecting Dewey Hooper's time as a teacher and as a pilot. The grade book includes the subjects he taught, the student's names, and the grades they made (2:1). On the other hand, the pilot log book contains the areas where Dewey Hooper flew, the date of the flight, the make of the aircraft, and other miscellaneous notes and remarks (2:2).

The Correspondence series includes materials that discuss the "Texas Terror" plane crash in December of 1942, as well as some basic biographical information about Dewey Hooper (3:2-3:5).

Two of the smallest series in this collection, Lists and Literary Productions, contain information only relating to the plane crash on Hinchinbrook Island in December of 1942. The Lists series includes a list that mentions what diaries are housed in the archives at Maxwell Field, Alabama and the names of the individual's part of the crew on the plane (4:1). The Literary Productions series contains a detailed reminiscence of the events surrounding the plane crash (5:1).

Another large series in the collection, Photographs, includes black and white, color, and negative prints that either reflect something about Elon College or the "Texas Terror" plane crash in December of 1942.

The largest series in the collection, Printed Materials, contains a variety of materials. This series is primarily made up of newspaper clippings (from various newspapers) and booklets (published by the Eastman Kodak Company) (7:3-7:7, 7:13-7:18). Other items include certificates, awards, and magazine articles (7:1, 7:2, 7:9-7:12).

The "Texas Terror" was a B 24 Liberator Bomber, numbered 123825 that crashed into Mt. Straloch on Hinchinbrook Island (part of the Great Barrier Reef) on December 18, 1942. Members on the aircraft were part or the 90th Bomb Group. The plane had taken off at 0815 hour from Garbutt Field in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Dewey Glenn Hooper was the co-pilot aboard the "Texas Terror" when it crashed.

For more detailed accounts and information see the following series and folders: 3:3, 3:4, 4:1, 5:1, 6:9, 7:1, and 7:13-7:18.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into seven series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifact; Books; Correspondence; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Hooper, Dewey -- Correspondence
Elon College
Elon University -- Archival resources
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1939-1945 -- Missing in action

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Related Material

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Artifact. 1940-1942.
15 folders. ca. 20 Items.
This series only contains three dimensional artifacts. Primarily, the objects are from the leftovers of the "Texas Terror" plane crash on Hinchinbrook Island (Great Barrier Reef) on December 18, 1942. Some interesting items from this plane crash include ½ of the co-pilot's steering wheel, a compass used during the flight, miscellaneous pieces of the shrapnel, and a piece of the plane that has the member's of the flight written on the exterior (1:3, 1:6, 1:10, 1:11, 1:12, 1:13, 1:14, 1:15). Perhaps the most interesting artifact in this series is an old shaving kit, possibly used by Dewey Hooper while serving in the US Army Air Forces Reserve (1:15). Other artifacts include memorabilia from Elon College (when Dewey was a student) including a cloth duffle bag and a 1940 class ring (1:4, 1:5).
Folder 1. Air Force Pin.
Folder 2. Brass pin. (rectangle)
Folder 3. Compass.
Folder 4. Elon College Duffle Bag.
Folder 5. Elon College Ring 1940.
Folder 6. ID Tag.
Folder 7. Ink Pen.
Folder 8. Medal-Asiatic Pacific Campaign.
Folder 9. Medal-WWII Victory.
Folder 10. Metal-Circular (silver).
Folder 11. Metal-Pieces (flat, 2).
Folder 12. Metal-Steering Wheel.
Folder 13. Metal-Tube.
Folder 14. Plane Shrapnel.
Folder 15. Shaving Kit.
2. Books. 1940-1942.
2 folders. ca. 2 Items.
There are only two items in this series, both reflecting different time periods of Dewey Hooper's life. The grade book from 1940 represents Dewey Hooper's career as a teacher at Central High School (location unknown). He taught classes including Algebra, Math I, Chemistry, and Physics. All the students' names and grades are recorded in this book (2:1).
The second book is a log of Dewey Hooper's flights during 1942. The three main geographic locations entered include Bennettsville, SC; Shaw Field, SC; and Turner Field, GA. The last entry was made on August 2, 1942 (2:2).
Folder 1. Grade Book. 1940.
Central High School
Hooper, Dewey
Folder 2. Pilot Log Book. 1942.
Mebane, NC
Hooper, Dewey
Atkinson, W.D.
Bennettsville, SC
3. Correspondence. 1942-1991.
5 folders. ca. 6 Items.
This series includes letters that offer information primarily pertaining to the crash of the Texas Terror airplane, as well as some biographical information about Dewey Hooper. Of particular historical significance is a write-up explaining in detail the information about the airplane, how and when it crashed, as well as listing who was aboard the plane when it crashed in 1942 (3:3). In addition, there is a letter written by Dewey Hooper's brother C. Woodrow Hooper, which mentions important biographical information about Dewey Hooper (3:5).
Folder 1. Envelope. October 1942.
Folder 2. Letter. August 1942.
War Department-Army Air Forces
Bevans, J.M.
Kiger, Robert L.
Folder 3. Letter. January 1978.
"Texas Terror"
Hooper, Dewey
Gumaer, James E. Jr.
Lowe, David
Kellner, Waldo W.
Haydt, Walter E.
Riggs, Carroll C.
Kiple, Peter E.
Silber, Carl H.
Cooper, John E.
Daken, Raymond F.
Trevithick, Robert C.
Goldstrop, Michael M.
Folder 4. Letter. June 1991.
Martin, Bill
Jolly Rogers-90th Bomb Group
Woods, Wiley
4. Lists. No Date. ca. 1942.
1 folder. ca. 1 Item.
One of the smallest series in this collection, Lists, only has a list of the members aboard the Texas Terror when it crashed in December of 1942. Included in this list is a record of what diaries and narratives can be found in the archives in Maxwell Field, Alabama (4:1).
Folder 1. Crew on "Texas Terror."
5. Literary Productions. No Date.
1 folder. ca. 1 Item.
Another one of the smallest series in this collection, Literary Productions contains a detailed narrative of reminiscences that discuss the events surrounding the crash of the Texas Terror in December of 1942 (5:1).
Folder 1. Reminiscences
"Texas Terror"
6. Photographs. No Date.
10 folders. ca. 35 Items.
One of the larger series in this collection, Photographs, includes both black and white and color prints pertaining to Elon College and the Texas Terror plane crash. There are only a few negatives in this series (6:7, 6:8). The photographs relevant to Elon College include various shots of campus buildings and different sports teams (6:1-6:4). There is an entire folder dedicated to photographs of Dewey Hooper (6:5). In particular, there is a picture of him in a photography lab, possibly at Elon College (6:5). The only color photographs can be found in the folder relating to the aftermath of the plane crash (6:9). These photographs primarily show shots of the wrecked plane and the geography/environment of where the plane crashed (6:9).
Folder 1. Elon College-Alamance Building.
Folder 2. Elon College-Basketball.
Folder 3. Elon College-Campus Buildings.
Folder 4. Elon College-Wrestling.
Folder 5. Hooper, Dewey.
Folder 6. Miscellaneous.
Elon College football? (see Phi Psi Cli, 1940, pg. 115)
Elon College May Day Celebrations?
Folder 7. Negatives-Central High School.
Folder 8. Negatives-Miscellaneous.
Folder 9. Plane Crash-Hinchinbrook Island.
Mt. Stralock
Texas Air Museum
Copra Plantation
Folder 10. Platt, Nebraska.
7. Printed Material. Inclusive: 1993-1994. Bulk: 1939-1942.
18 folders. ca. 25 Items.
Printed Material is the largest series in the collection. It consists of multiple items including certificates, newspaper clippings, booklets, articles, and awards. Primarily, this series is made up of booklets and newspaper clippings. The majority of the booklets are published by Eastman Kodak Company, and relate only to photography techniques, papers, printing, and cameras (7:3-7:7).
The newspaper clippings offer information about how various items in the collection were found, events surrounding the plane crash, biographical information about Dewey Hooper, and the scholarship fund set up at Elon College in remembrance of Dewey Hooper (7:13-7:18).
The certificates and awards in this series are issued to Dewey Hooper primarily from the United States Military, mainly reflecting honorable duties or accomplishments in the training field (7:2, 7:9-7:11). However, there is one certificate from the Department of Public Instruction in the state of North Carolina that certifies Dewey Hooper as a high school teacher to teach math and science (7:10). Another certificate officially discharges Dewey Hooper from the United States Army due to his acceptance to join the Army Air Forces Reserve (7:11). This certificate has Dewey Hooper's original signature and print of his right thumb (7:11).
Folder 1. Articles. April 1991.
"Texas Terror"
Hooper, Dewey
Elon College Ring-1940
Folder 2. Awards-Southeast Air Corps Training Center. 1941.
Hooper, Dewey
Corps of Aviation Cadets
Maxwell Field, Alabama
Luper, James R.
Folder 3. Booklet-Eastman Kodak Co. 1939.
Folder 4. Booklet-Eastman Kodak Co.-Color Printing.
Folder 5. Booklet-Eastman Photographic Papers.
Folder 6. Booklet-Graflex Cameras.1939.
Folder 7. Booklet-Kodachrome.
Folder 8. Booklet-Miscellaneous.
Folder 9. Certificate. 1939.
Hooper, Dewey
National Guard of the United States
Folder 10. Certificate. 1940.
Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina
Hooper, Dewey
Folder 11. Certificate. 1942.
Hooper, Dewey
Advanced Flying School, Turner Field, Georgia
Patrick, John B.
Folder 12. Medical Records-Hooper, Dewey. 1941-1942.
Folder 13. Newspaper Clippings. No Date.
Folder 14. Newspaper Clippings. 1941.
Folder 15. Newspaper Clippings. 1959.
Folder 16. Newspaper Clippings. 1960.
Folder 17. Newspaper Clippings. 1973.
Folder 18. Newspaper Clippings. 1994.