Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Unknown [Selfridge Field pilot's banner]

NOT AVAILABLE DIGITALLY Online access and copy requests are not available for this item. If you would like us to notify you when it becomes available digitally, please email us at reference@gilderlehrman.org and include the catalog item number.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.132 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: no date Pagination: 1 textile sheet ; 48.5 x 46.7 cm.

Summary of Content: A square-shaped textile piece with blue and white braided fringe. In the center, there is a blue circle with gold edge. On the blue circle is a red circle over a white star with gold wings. In each corner of the textile, there is a blue airplane. The textile is also adorned with red and gold stars between these airplanes. On the bottom, it says "Selfridge Field" in decorative red font, and below that in blue, "Michigan." On the back, there is additional lining with one edge unattached.

People: Williams, LeRoi S. (1919-1943)

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: African American HistoryAfrican American TroopsAir ForceAirplanesTextile

Sub Era: World War II

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources