Richard Leferink Scrapbook, 1923-1944

Overview of the Collection

Leferink, Richard
Richard Leferink Scrapbook
1923-1944 (inclusive)
cubic ft. (1 Item)
Collection Number
Richard Leferink began flying during World War I and continued this occupation after the war until he started his own flying service company in Casper, Wyoming, in 1931. This collection is the scrapbook of news clippings, correspondence, and photographs he kept to tell the story of that company and of his flying career.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

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Richard Leferink learned flying during World War I. He continued his love of flying after the war, barn storming or flying cargo for businesses until he had flown in forty-one states and Mexico before he settled in Casper and began Wyoming Air Service, Inc. in 1931. Within eight years he expanded the company, providing mail and passenger service along the Front Range of the Rockies from Pueblo, Colorado, to Billings and Great Falls, Montana; Huron, South Dakota; Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Alberta, Canada. In 1941, Wyoming Air Service was one of seventeen domestic airlines in the United States.

World War II interrupted domestic, commercial flying service. Leferink sold the company in 1944 to Western Air Lines, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. This collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs Leferink kept throughout his flying career. It begins with his entry into World War I and stops once he sold the company. The scrapbook contains many news stories explaining how the company started, how it quickly expanded, and the people involved, from pilots to civic boosters, wanting air service in their communities.

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Copyright Information

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Richard Leferink Scrapbook, 1923-1944, Collection Number 08979, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Existence and Location of Copies

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections created by Richard Leferink at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

Scrapbook received from Mrs. Irma F. Dennis, December 1990.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Rita Burleson in October 2004.

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Subject Terms

  • Aeronautics--Wyoming.
  • Local service airlines.

Corporate Names

  • Inland Air Lines.
  • Western Airlines Inland Air Division.
  • Wyoming Air Service.

Geographical Names

  • Billings (Mont.)
  • Canada, Western.
  • Casper (Wyo.)
  • Cheyenne (Wyo.)
  • Denver (Colo.)
  • Front Range (Colo. and Wyo.)
  • Great Falls (Mont.)
  • Huron (S.D.)
  • Scottsbluff (Neb.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Scrapbooks.


  • Pilots.