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THE BENJAMIN THOMAS EPPS SCRAPBOOK




HARGRETT RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA LIBRARIES

MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Ms 3074

Epps, Benjamin Thomas, 1888-1937

Benjamin Thomas Epps papers, 1904-2001 (bulk 1904-1937) 1.25 linear A. Arranged by record type

Ben Epps, Georgia's pioneer aviator, was born in 1888. He grew up in Oconee, County, was educated in Clarke County, and attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta. In Athens, Georgia he started an electrical contracting shop, which he later converted into an auto garage. He built and flew his first plane in 1907, only a few years after the Wright Brothers' successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In the following years he built seven more planes including the Epps Lightplane. Later he established Epps Field where he taught flying, carried passengers on short trips, and gave exhibitions. He died in a plane crash in 1937.

The most important item in this collection is a scrapbook (1904-1963) which documents Epps' life as a builder and flyer of airplanes. Included are over 160 photographs, as well as some clippings and letters. A few photographs, etc. can be found here of other pilots, planes, and Epps' children who were also flyers.

The collection also includes several folders of loose material including clippings, letters, drawings of Epps planes, writings, and photographs. Of particular note are several good aerial views of Athens and the University of Georgia (ca. 1920-193 O's). Also of interest are severa! pages of reminiscences by Ben Epps, Jr., in which he writes about his early life and flying.

Cite as: Benjamin Thomas Epps papers. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA 30602.

1. Aeronautics-Georgia-Athens 2. Air pilots-Georgia 3. Athens, Georgia- Photographs 4. Epps, BenT. Jr., 1916(?)-2001 5. Georgia. University-Photographs 6. Photographs

Location: Main 3rd floor Hargrett Manuscript Collection

Manuscript Number: MS3074

Link Resource: http://purl.galileo.usg.edu/ugafax/Ms3074

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