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James Stewart military photographs, 1896-1970s

Identifier: MSS 2157 Series 2 Sub-Series 2

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs, portraits, and albums, mainly of Stewart, but also contains Charles Dolan's World War I scrapbook. Dated 1896 to the 1970s.


  • 1896-1970s


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the James Stewart papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Charles H. Dolan (1895-1981) was an American military pilot and aviation executive.

Charles Heavy Dolan was born on January 29, 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts to Charles H. Dolan and Anne Mainwaring. He attended Mechanic Arts High School, and continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied electrical engineering. With the outbreak of the First World War, Dolan moved to England where he worked as an inspector in a munitions factory. In 1915 he travelled to France, where he first worked as an engineer for the Sperry Gyroscope Company before joining the French Air Service in 1916. In May 1917 he was assigned to the Lafayette Escadrille, and later transferred to the American Expeditionary Force in 1918 as an ace pilot.

After the war, Dolan remained in the Army and was involved in flight instruction and training in Florida and Washington, D.C. He was then sent to China, where he spent some time helping to establish the Chinese Air Force, as well as air transport and mail services. In 1921 he married Ramona Frances Morgan, and they had one child. He moved to Hawaii in 1924 to work on map airport locations, and later worked in air transport and aviation. During World War II he was recalled to duty and remained with the Air Force until 1955. He later worked as a consultant to airplane manufacturers, as a safety investigator, and as an advisor to the United States Senate. Dolan retired to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1969 and died there on December 31, 1981.

Biographical History

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (May 20, 1908–July 2, 1997) was an American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics and was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. He was a major MGM contract star. He also had a noted military career, a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.


13 folders

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Existence and Location of Copies

DVD copies of miscellaneous film footage are located in folder 244.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
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