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Air Force ROTC Detachment 470 Scrapbook Presented to OU President Milo and Josephine Bail Upon the Retirement of Milo Bail, 1965

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UNO-0088

Scope and Contents

The Air Force ROTC Detachment 470 Scrapbook Presented to OU President Milo and Josephine Bail Upon the Retirement of Milo Bail, 1965, is a single-volume, fabric-covered binder containing letters and photographs from student alumni and staff members of OU Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 470. The letters congratulate Dr. Milo Bail (1898-1984) on his retirement as president of the Municipal University of Omaha, a position he held from 1948 to 1965.

The scrapbook is organized into several sections. An introductory section consists of photos and letters from alumni of Angel Flight (a female auxiliary to the AFROTC), the Arnold Air Society & Earl S. Hoag Squadron, and members of the Sabre Flight drill team. The second section is devoted to letters and photographs collected from 57 alumni from AFTROTC Detachment 470. The third section contains letters and photographs submitted from 28 former and contemporary staff members of AFROTC Detachment 470. The main sections are interspersed with various photographs depicting AFROTC reviews, Dr. Bail with various staff and officers, and Dr. Bail receiving the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Each of the letters, ranging from typed to handwritten on plain, ruled, or letterhead paper, offer not only congratulatory wishes for Dr. Bail’s retirement, but express varying degrees of respect, gratitude, and admiration to the man’s role at the university in personal and professional capacities. Many of the contributors provide updates on their lives since leaving OU, and many letters are accompanied by family portraits in addition to those taken during their time in the AFROTC. The letterheads of many messages contribute to the authors’ personal stories: United States Air Force pilots and Strategic Air Command officers, white-collar corporate jobs, self-owned businessmen, and even the Mayor of Santa Clara, California.

Finally, the scrapbook offers a historic snapshot of the United States Air Force just as its involvement in the Vietnam War would peak following the start of Operation Rolling Thunder in March 1965.


  • Creation: 1965


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

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0.75 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received by Criss Library prior to 2014. Accession details are incomplete or absent.

Physical Description

Air Force ROTC Detachment 470 Scrapbook Presented to OU President Milo and Josephine Bail Upon the Retirement of Milo Bail, 1965 is a black 3-ring binder with a navy-blue fabric cover. On the front are stitched yellow letters spelling “AFROTC” in a descending line: above the text is an embroidered patch for the Air Force ROTC with a black border. Tucked in the back pocket of the fabric cover is a 3-page stapled list of names and addresses for contributors to the scrapbook. The physical dimensions of the scrapbook are 29.7cm high, 27.5cm wide, and 8.1cm deep.

59 clear plastic sheet protectors contain black paper backing to make 118 pages of letters and photographs: many of these are identified with machine-created labels. The letters from AFROTC alumni are organized by graduation year and then alphabetically by last name, while AFROCT members and university staff are organized by last year of tenure and alphabetically by last name. Contributed letters are a mix of handwritten or mechanically typed, and composed on plain, ruled, or letterhead of various military branches, air force bases, companies, and stationary. Photographs are in black and white or color, with many faded from age, and range from full page to wallet-sized: a few photographs have had their subject cut out from the background before being attached to the page.

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014.


Air Force ROTC Detachment 470 Scrapbook Presented to OU President Milo and Josephine Bail Upon the Retirement of Milo Bail, 1965
Dave DeYarman (intern, 2022)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States