Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection


Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection


The Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection contains papers, photographs, and assorted ephemera spanning 1916-2012 and relating to Arthur Nordhoff (World War I pilot); his wife, Thelma Miller Nordhoff (Signal Corps); their daughter, Nancy Nordhoff Dunnam (WASP); and her husband James Joseph Dunnam (World War II Battalion Commander). The collection is organized by family member.

The Arthur Nordhoff series of the collection consists of three black-and-white photographs of Arthur in uniform and with his military unit. Two of the three photographs have no annotations, but one is labeled "At M.I.T. 1916."

The Thelma Miller Nordhoff series consists of two black-and-white photographs of Thelma in her Signal Corps uniform and one black-and-white photograph of Thelma in uniform with a cousin who was serving in the Navy (also in uniform).

The James Dunnam series consists of a black-and-white photograph of James in uniform at his desk, his flight class yearbook, and diplomas for Army training courses he completed. Also filed in this series are items relating to Bellevue Airfield. There are two business cards citing Dunnam as president, a survey prepared for "A.A. Nordhoff," and one black-and-white aerial photograph.

The Nancy Nordhoff Dunnam series is the largest series in the collection and concerns her work as a WASP during World War II. It includes black-and-white and color photographs of Dunnam in uniform, posing with aircraft, and from the WASP Congressional Medal Ceremony. There are also official military paperwork, newspaper clippings, and a roster of women who served as WASPs. The roster includes Nancy's annotations (such as address changes for friends), and pieces of ephemera found loose in the roster include correspondence, an obituary, and more address changes. There are two short snorters that were removed from a wallet containing Nancy's ID cards. These short snorters belonged to her brother, Arthur E. Nordhoff, but have been left with the other wallet items to preserve context.

Digitized Materials: Selections from all four series have been digitized.




All materials are in English.

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives


Permission to publish material from the Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection/The Museum of Flight



Collection Organization

Collection Items

[Servicemen at Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
Photographic group portrait of servicemen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1916.Inscription on verso: "At M.I.T. 1916."

[Arthur Alphonse Nordhoff in Civil Air Patrol uniform]
Photograph of Arthur Alphonse Nordhoff in his Civil Air Patrol uniform, circa 1940s.

[Arthur Alphonsus Nordhoff]
Photographic portrait of Arthur Alphonsus Nordhoff in a United States Army Air Service uniform, circa 1916-1919.Inscription on verso: "#115. 118 98-5."

[Thelma (Miller) Nordhoff and unidentified U.S. Navy serviceman]
Photograph of Thelma (Miller) Nordhoff in her U.S. Army Signal Corps uniform and an unidentified U.S. Navy serviceman, possibly Miller's cousin, circa 1916-1919.Inscription on verso: "Thelma Miller Nordhoff in Signal Corps hat, possibly with cousin…

[Thelma (Miller) Nordhoff]
Photographic portrait of Thelma (Miller) Nordhoff in her United States Army Signal Corps uniform, circa 1916-1919.

[Thelma (Miller) Nordhoff]
Photographic portrait of Thelma (Miller) Nordhoff in her United States Army Signal Corps uniform, circa 1917-1918. Inscription on verso: "Thelma, 1917 or 18."

[James J. Dunnam working at his desk and smoking pipe]
Photograph of James J. Dunnam working at his desk and smoking a pipe, circa 1940s.

[Aerial view of Bellevue Airfield]
Oblique aerial photograph of Bellevue Airfield, Washington State, circa 1940s-1950s. Stamped on verso: "Hal Porter Photos, [address and phone number]."

[WASP servicewomen posing in front of North American AT-6 Texan]
Photographic group portrait of WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) servicewomen posing in front of a North American AT-6 Texan aircraft, circa 1940s. Identified individuals include Nancy (Nordhoff) Dunnam (back row, second from left) and Carol…

[Nancy (Nordhoff) Dunnam]
Photographic portrait of Nancy (Nordhoff) Dunnam in her WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) uniform, circa 1940s.
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