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Material Information

Title:
Colonel Melvin B. Asp Collection
Physical Description:
1.50 : (3 boxes) ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Asp, Melvin B, 1893-1964

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Air bases, American -- United States   ( lcsh )
Air bases -- Newspapers -- Florida -- Tampa   ( lcsh )
Air pilots, Military -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Air pilots, Military -- United States   ( lcsh )
History -- Drew Field (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
ead   ( sobekcm )

Notes

Scope and Content:
This collection contains an assortment of high school memorabilia, newspaper clippings, military service records, certificates, photographs, and pilot log books (1918-1919).  Also includes a bound volume of the 1942-1944 issues of the Drew Field Echoes, the wartime weekly newspaper of the Tampa air base.
Preferred Citation:
Melvin B. Asp collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Acquisition:
R. Gale Porter
Biographical:
Melvin B. Asp (1893-1964) was born in Pueblo, Colorado.  His family moved to Tampa, Florida in 1907.  After graduating from Hillsborough High School in 1913, Asp left Tampa to attend the University of Minnesota. In 1917, he became a cadet in the U.S. Army’s flying service, beginning a 33-year career in Army aviation. From 1941 to 1944, he served as commanding officer of Tampa’s Drew Field (now Tampa International Airport) with orders to transform the semi-swampy area into a modern air base. After leaving Drew Field, he served in North Africa, then as Deputy Commander for the China Air Service Command.  In May 1946, Asp returned to Tampa to oversee the closing of Drew Field as a military post.  He then served in Germany during the Berlin air lift.  Asp retired from the military in 1949 and returned to Tampa, where he lived until his death.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
Resource Identifier:
usfldc doi - A27
usfldc handle - u29.1-a27-ead
System ID:
SFS0031821:00001


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LIB122
Tampa, FL, 33620-5400
URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/
Email: rbernard@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-1622
Fax: 813-396-9006
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Guide to the Colonel Melvin B. Asp Collection
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4202 East Fowler Ave.
LIB122
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URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/
Email: rbernard@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-1622
Fax: 813-396-9006
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Melvin B. Asp (1893-1964) was born in Pueblo, Colorado.  His family moved to Tampa, Florida in 1907.  After graduating from Hillsborough High School in 1913, Asp left Tampa to attend the University of Minnesota. In 1917, he became a cadet in the U.S. Armys flying service, beginning a 33-year career in Army aviation. From 1941 to 1944, he served as commanding officer of Tampas Drew Field (now Tampa International Airport) with orders to transform the semi-swampy area into a modern air base. After leaving Drew Field, he served in North Africa, then as Deputy Commander for the China Air Service Command.  In May 1946, Asp returned to Tampa to oversee the closing of Drew Field as a military post.  He then served in Germany during the Berlin air lift.  Asp retired from the military in 1949 and returned to Tampa, where he lived until his death.
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Access Terms
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
610 lcsh subject United States -- Army -- Air Service
Geographic Name:
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Personal Name:
600 Asp, Melvin B., 1893-1964
Topical Term:
650 Air bases -- Florida -- Tampa -- Newspapers
Air bases, American -- United States
Air pilots, Military -- Florida
Air pilots, Military -- United States
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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
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Administrative Information
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Acquisition Information:
Donation.
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Processing Information:
Complete
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Conditions Governing Access:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
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Preferred Citation:
Melvin B. Asp collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
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Arrangement of Materials:
Subject.
scopecontent
Scope and Contents
This collection contains an assortment of high school memorabilia, newspaper clippings, military service records, certificates, photographs, and pilot log books (1918-1919).  Also includes a bound volume of the 1942-1944 issues of the Drew Field Echoes, the wartime weekly newspaper of the Tampa air base.
COLLECTION METADATA
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Folder 1
Aircraft built by Asp- The 6th in Panama: 1927-29: The Asp plane.
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1
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Biographical Material: Chronology of the Life of Melvin Asp
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1
3
Hillsborough High School
1910-1913
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1
4
Correspondence: Letter of recommendation for Knight & Wall Hardware Company, Tampa
1913
id180
1
5
News Clippings: Aviation News article
ca. 1922
id181
1
6
Pencil Sketch of Colonel Melvin B. Asp
ca. 1941-1944
id182
1
7
Photographs Gasparilla Festival, Tampa
1910
id183
1
8
Photographs Hillsborough High School
1910
id184
1
9
Photographs U.S. Army
id185
1
10
Sarasota High School
1915
id186
1
11
U.S. Army Certificates
id187
1
12
U.S. Army Commissions
id188
1
13
U.S. Army Oath of Office
Scope and Contents
[Blank Form]
id6828
1
14
U.S. Army Panama
id189
1
15
U.S. Army Pilot Log Books
1918-1919
id190
1
16
U.S. Army Retired Officers List
1956
id191
1
17
U.S. Army Service Records
id192
2
[Oversized Material]
item
id193
2
Temporary Commission as Major, U.S. Army Air Corps
1/25/1937
id194
2
Commission as Major, U.S. Army Air Corps
1/18/1940
id195
2
Temporary Commission as Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps
2/1/1941
id196
2
Commission as Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps
1/4/1942
id197
2
Temporary Commission as Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps
1/23/1942
id198
2
Photograph
Scope and Contents
Still from the movie "Air Force," starring John Garfield, filmed at Drew Field during World War II. 14"x11".
id200
2
Large Envelope [empty]
ca. 1941-1944
Scope and Contents
13"x10", from Headquarters, USAF, Washington 25, D.C., addressed to "Col. Melvin B. Asp, c/o Bus Station, Sarasota Fla."
id201
2
Large Envelope [empty]
11/22/1949
Scope and Contents
13"x10", from the Department of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., addressed to "Col. Melvin B. Asp, 4815 Beachway Drive, Tampa 6, Florida." Postmarked Washington, D.C., 11/22/1949
id202
2
Newspaper Article
5/10/1998
Scope and Contents
"Col. Asp was Drew Field's Guiding Light," by Leland Hawes. Tampa Tribune-Times, "Baylife" section, page 5, Sunday, 5/10/1998.
id6830
3
[Oversized Material] Drew Field Echoes
id199
3
Drew Field Echoes, vol.1, no. 1 vol. 2, no. 48
3/6/1942-2/3/1944
id203
Framed portrait of Colonel Melvin B. Asp [25"x30.5"]
1944
Scope and Contents
[Hand-tinted photograph by Tampa Photographers Blakeslee-Klintworth]


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