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General (Ret.) Edwin W. Rawlings Collection M/A 1998.20.01

General (Ret.) Edwin W. Rawlings Collection M/A 1998.20.01

Creator:Rawlings, Edwin W., General (Ret.), 1905-1997
Title: General (Ret.) Edwin W. Rawlings Collection
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Edwin W. Rawlings was born in 1905 in Milroy, Minnesota and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul. After college, he went to work for the Dayton Company before joining the Air Corps Reserve and learning to fly. He spent more than 25 years in the Air Force, and retired in 1959 as a full Air Force General. During his time in the military, he was the first to help organize the office of the Air Force comptroller, and he brought in the first computer for the Air Force and the Defense Department, the UNIVAC. After leaving the service, he joined General Mills and served as chairman from 1967 to 1969. He left an enduring mark on the company, the big G logo used on General Mills cereal boxes and other packaging. In 1987, he published his autobiography, Born to Fly. He died at the age of 93 in 1997.

Collection Description

One box. The Edwin W. Rawlings collection includes biography materials, miscellaneous clippings, and other miscellaneous items dealing with writing and publishing an autobiography. Also includes a copy of the manuscript Born to Fly, which was written in 1987.

Related Material

See also book, Born to Fly by Edwin W. Rawlings.

UG626.2.R38R3 1987.

Subject Headings


Authors, American--Minnesota.
Businessmen -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
United States. Air Force -- Generals -- Autobiography.


Authors, American--20th century.

Table of Contents

Biographical information and clippings 1932-1997 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Miscellaneous items dealing with writing and publishing an autobiography 1988 -- Box 1, Folder 2
Manuscript of Born to Fly, written by General Edwin W. Rawlings, USAF (Ret.) 1988 -- Box 1, Folder 3

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