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Richard G. Trefry Archives Exhibits

American Public University System’s Richard G. Trefry Archives contain documents and items that represent the history, development, and progress of the institution as its recorded memory.

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20th Century Military History

IHC_Rescue Mission Report_8.1980.pdf

For America, the 20th Century saw a remarkable amount of military involvement from its reluctant entrance to the First World War on through to its part in the Kosovo War at the end of the century with many major wars and conflicts in the intervening years.

In many respects, the history of America's military over the course of the previous century is the history of America itself. It was a century of conflicts and gaining a better understanding of those conflicts and America's involvement will provide a deeper knowledge of the country. 

Thanks to the generous donation of long-serving APUS Board of Trustee member and retired Army LT GEN Richard G. Trefry's personal papers, we can better tell the story of this history. GEN Trefry's long service in the Army lasted from WWII until after 9/11, and his personal papers cover a wide breadth of the 20th Century.

The Trefry Archives are working to cull a number of specific collections that will help students and researchers to tell the history of America's military history of the 20th Century. 

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Henry Bothin Maas Lithographs

Etching of TBF Grumman Avenger

The Henry Maas lithographs of World War II aircraft are reproductions of Maas’s original dry-point etchings and are a part of a series of 30 plates made after 1945. These lithographs were collected and printed by the artist in 1976 under the series name, United States Air Power, 1939-1945. They depict various aircraft designed and used by the United States and her allies during World War II.

Born in Wisconsin on November 4, 1903, Maas moved to the San Francisco area in the 1920s. He was actively engaged as a free-lance artist from 1924 to WWII, creating general illustrative work for various advertising agencies and publications such as Standard Oil’s Bulletin. He specialized in aviation art. After WWII, Maas established a home studio working in other types of media: pencil, watercolor, and oils, with his primary focus still being aviation. He passed away on September 22, 1994.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University donated this collection to APUS in 2013.

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