The collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of Edward Chalmers Huffaker of Chuckey, Tenn., and includes letters of family members and professional colleagues and relates to Huffaker’s personal life and activities. Most of the correspondence is either to or from Huffaker’s wife, Carrie Sue Redding Huffaker or other Huffaker family members and discusses matters of personal interest and family affairs with only a few of the letters concerning Huffaker’s interest in aeronautics and manned flight. The material covers the period 1880-1934 with some undated letters.
The correspondence is arranged in chronological order with undated material filed after dated material. Transcriptions of certain letters made by Hensley are maintained with the original correspondence. A small amount of correspondence to and from Steve Hensley related to the Huffaker material is filed at the end of the collection in chronological order.
Method of Acquisition
The Edward Chalmers Huffaker Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Steve Hensley, Chuckey, Tenn., October 19, 1999. Hensley found the Huffaker correspondence in 1957 when as a boy he was exploring his grandmother’s barn, property at one time part of the Huffaker farm. Hensley used the material in research for his master’s thesis completed in 1998 at East Tennessee State University entitled “Edward C. Huffaker’s Unpublished Letters, Containing the Earliest Application of Bernoulli’s Principle to Account for Aerodynamic Life: A Storytelling Approach to Aviation History.”
Processing of the collection was completed by Ned Irwin and David Littleford in 2003.