Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Archives

Written by Dallas Hanbury–Ph.D student/Project Archivist

The Albert Gore Research Center and Middle Tennessee State University’s Aerospace Department have collaborated once again to process collections housed in the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Archives (TAHFA). The TAHFA is housed on Middle Tennessee State University’s Campus in room S214 of the Business and Aerospace Building. Dr. Ron Ferrara, chair of the Aerospace Department, wrote and was awarded, a grant to process collections in the TAHFA. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Ferrara has written a successful grant to fund processing activities at the TAHFA. Last year, the Ninety-Nines Collection (covering most of the southeast), the Regalado Collection, and the Gillespie Airways Collection were all either processed or had begun to be processed. This year, the Regalado Collection has been prioritized for processing.

The Regalado Collection is composed of materials associated with the long career of Raul Regalado. Over the course of his career Regalado was a high level airport administrator at the Nashville International Airport, the Houston International Airport, owned his owned aviation consulting company, and was associated with a wide variety of other projects, notably on the West Coast in California. The Regalado Collection is composed of nineteen linear feet worth of records comprising three series: Airport/Terminal Operations and Management, Domestic Aviation, and International Aviation.

The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Archives is still being established and has a significant backlog of unprocessed collections. Volunteer and internship opportunities abound at the TAHFA. Students wishing to pursue a project need to speak to Donna Baker, MTSU University Archivist, or Dr. Ron Ferrara, chair of the MTSU Aviation Department. Volunteers and interns can select from an array of projects, including processing a collection, staffing the archives so that interested patrons can come and use the archives, design some sort of outreach program to promote the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Archives, or all of the above!

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