Joseph Warren Hays Papers Edit


MS 159


  • 1941-1962; 2010 (Creation)
  • 1943-1945 (Creation)


  • 1.54 Linear feet (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    The Collection is divided into four series: Correspondence, Ephemera, Newspaper Clippings, and Printed Publications. There is also a photograph of Hays and a scrapbook in the collection.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Joseph Warren Hays was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He served from January 1943 through November 1945. Hays spent much of his time in training at air bases across the United States. He flew missions over Europe in 1945 as a co-pilot of a B-24 Liberator with the 446th Bombardment Group. After the war, Hays returned to TCU to complete his degree in Economics.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection includes a complete set of letters written by Joseph Warren Hays to his family while serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. The letters detail his aviation training across the United States and his service in Europe toward the end of the war. In his later years, Mr. Hays wrote recollections of his missions over Europe. The collection also includes printed publications, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, a photograph of Hays, and ephemera.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by his daughter, Ms. Carolyn Johnson, in 2015.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Collection is open for research. Copyright has been transferred to TCU.

  • Preferred Citation

    Joseph Warren Hays Papers, Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University.