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Mary (Platt) MacKinnon WWII aircraft scrapbook collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2012-043-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various scrapbook materials collected by Mary (Platt) MacKinnon (1879-1966). The bulk of this collection is made up of several scrapbook pages that contain informative magazine clippings of various World War II military aircraft (1942). Other items in this collection include military aircraft posters.


  • 1939 - 1942
  • Majority of material found in 1942 - 1942

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Mary (Platt) MacKinnon (1879-1966) was the aunt of Robert Milton Platt (1920-1995). She was from Coopersville, Michigan. When Robert Platt joined the United States Army Air Force in early 1942 and flew military airplanes during World War II, Mary became very interested in learning to identify the various war aircraft. She maintained a scrapbook of magazine/newspaper clippings that provided facts and information about military aircraft. Some of these clippings were sent from Robert during the war.

Robert Platt served throughout the war flying missions over France, Italy, and Germany. He piloted several different aircraft during World War II for the U.S. Air Force. Later, Robert left the military, married Alice Rivers (who was serving as a Women's Army Corps lieutenant), and became a practicing attorney in Williamston, Michigan. Robert Platt passed away in 1995 and is buried in Coopersville, Michigan.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


This collection contains the personal scrapbook of Mary (Platt) MacKinnon, aunt of WWII pilot Robert Platt. The scrapbook collection includes scrapbook pages with information about various WWII military planes as well as posters and maps.


This collection is arranged by material type.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This scrapbook collection was the gift of Mary Platt.

Separated Materials

A portion of the materials has been created as a separate collection in order to preserve the unity of the subject matter of the collection.

Separated materials can be found in the Mary (Platt) MacKinnon movie poster collection.

Mary (Platt) MacKinnon WWII aircraft scrapbook collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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