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West Springfield Airport, Inc., Records

1946-1955
2 vols. (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 484 bd

Shortly after the end of the Second World War, a small group of residents formed a corporation to build an airport in West Springfield, Mass. Chartered on June 3, 1946, and based on Riverdale Street, the corporation attracted a small group of investors, but appears never to have prospered. After many months of attempting to sell off their real estate, the corporation voted to liquidate in August 1954.

The records of the West Springfield Airport, Inc., offer a brief, but relatively complete history of small, failed corporation. Although sparsely detailed, the collection documents the financial and organizational uncertainties that led to the early cessation of operations.

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Background on West Springfield Airport

Shortly after the end of the Second World War, a small group of residents formed a corporation to build an airport in West Springfield, Mass. The primary organizers of the endeavor included Whitfield Reid (a local attorney and first Chair of the corporation), Edward J. Kirby (a draftsman) and his brother E. Kenneth Kirby (a Navy veteran), Vernon A. Doty (a florist and market gardener and the largest shareholder), and Leonard W. Sweet, a young employee of the park department in the city. Chartered on June 3, 1946, and based on Riverdale Street, the corporation attracted a small group of investors, but appears never to have prospered. After many months of attempting to sell off their real estate, the corporation voted to liquidate in August 1954.

Scope of collection

The records of the West Springfield Airport, Inc., offer a brief, but relatively complete history of small, failed corporation. Although sparsely detailed, the collection documents the financial and organizational uncertainties that led to the early cessation of operations.

Inventory

West Springfield Airport, Inc., Records
1946-1948
Box 1

Contains original charter, articles of agreement, by-laws (17 p.); index (7 p.); Minutes of stockholders meetings (73 p.); Stock register and mailing list (3 p.).

West Springfield Airport, Inc., Records
1946-1954
Box 2

Contains: Minutes of Executive Meetings (6 p.); Minutes of Directors Meetings (ca.167 p.), covering incorporation, issuance of stock, acquisition of real estate, disposal of real estate, liquidation and settlement of finances.

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Acquired from Peter Masi, 2005 (2005-076).

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2015.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: West Springfield Airport, Inc., Records (MS 497 bd). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Airports--Massachusetts--West Springfield
  • West Springfield (Mass.)--History

Genres and formats

  • Minute books

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