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Howard I. Kinne papers, 1912-1933

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Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell


Howard I. Kinne papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


The collection is arranged by material type.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

62M85: [Identification of item], Howard I. Kinne papers, 1912-1933, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.4 Cubic feet

2 boxes


The Howard I. Kinne papers include family correspondence before and during the First World War. The collection also includes the scrapbook of a trip to France after the war.


Kinne, a native of Stearns, Ky., was an engineering student at Kentucky State University (now the University of Kentucky) and on the football and track teams when the United States entered World War I in 1917. He joined the American Expeditionary Forces and became a second lieutenant with the 99th Aero Observation Squadron. He flew on missions as an observer, gathering information to be used in artillery campaigns. His plane was shot down in September, 1918, and he and the pilot were listed as missing in action. Their bodies and the wreckage of the plane were not found until April, 1919. In 1933, Kinne's mother, Nola Miller Kinne Fogg, along with other mothers and widows of soldiers who had died overseas, went on a tour to France sponsored by the U.S. government to visit their loved ones' graves.

Scope and Content

The Howard I. Kinne papers document his life as a student in Kentucky and soldier in the First World War. Included are letters from Kinne dating from 1912 to 1918 and photographs of other servicemen taken during his Army training in the States. Letters from Kinne's family and from his fellow servicemen discuss his Army service, his disappearance, and his death. The collection contains a scrapbook, with clippings, postcards, and photographs, and a journal kept by Mrs. Fogg during her trip to France in 1933.


  • United States. Army. Aero Observation Squadron, 99th.
  • Kenney family.
  • Barnett, Brinkley, Mrs.
  • Fogg, Nola Miller Kinne
  • Aeronautics, Military.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations.
  • World War, 1914-1918--France.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.
  • World War, 1914-1918.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

School and training camp correspondence, 1912-1917
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
99th Aero squadron correspondence - HAS AEF France, 1918-1919
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Somerset High School Invitation, Garrison Ration List, WWI postcard and two WWI soldier photos, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Mrs. Brinkley Barnett correspondence and auditor check, 1917-1918
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Nola Miller Kinne Fogg travel diary of France, 1933 May 5-June 1
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Scrapbook of France, 1933-1934
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]