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Joseph Warren Hays Papers

Identifier: MS 159

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.


  • 1941-1962; 2010
  • Majority of material found in 1943-1945


Conditions Governing Use

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

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.


1.54 Linear feet

Language of Materials



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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Guide to the Joseph Warren Hays Papers
Lisa Pena
June, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
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