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General (Ret.) Edwin W. Rawlings Papers

Identifier: M/A 0054

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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.


  • 1932 - 1997


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The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


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.


0.83 Linear Feet (1 box)

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

UG626.2.R38R3 1987.
General (Ret.) Edwin W. Rawlings Papers
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Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

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