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Pflaum Aeronautical Collection

Identifier: Mss002

Scope and Content Note

Rosalynd Pflaum collected autographs and autographed letters and photographs from famous aviators between the years 1928 to 1957, but was most actively engaged in her hobby during the years 1931-1933. Most of the autographs are from the later period of her collecting.


  • 1927-1957


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by each author.

Biographical Note

Rosalynd Pflaum was born in Seattle, Washington in 1917, learning French at a young age where she became a lifelong admirer of French history and culture. In 1936, she met her future husband from Minnesota, Leo R. Pflaum, who was 13 years her senior. During that time, he was a young executive in the family-owned clothing company which became known as M.L. Rothschild-Young Quinlan Company. Following their marriage, she continued her education from Stanford to the University of Minnesota, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1945 and a Master’s Degree in 1954. Upon her arrival in Minnesota, she became one of the first women in the state to receive her piloting license. During World War 2, she served in the Red Cross, where she drove a bloodmobile. As an admirer of French culture and history, she wrote six biographies, published in both the U.S. and France: Madame de Stael (1954); The Emperor’s Talisman (the life of the Duc de Morny) (1954); By Influence and Desire (the Grand Duchess of Courland and her daughters) (1984); Grand Obsession (Madame Curie and her World) (1989); Marie Curie and Her Daughter Irene (in English, French, and Japanese) (1991); and Talleyrand (2010). She was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1978. She and her husband were long-time supporters of the Minnesota Orchestra, and she served on its board as a life director. In 1949 she was one of the founders of the Women’s Association of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (WAMSO), and served as its president for the first five years, during which time she helped to develop Encore, the first cookbook fundraiser for an orchestra in the country. She later inaugurated WAMSO's Young Artist Competition, WAMSO's 58-year-old education program, and until her death supported its annual scholarship award. She died in 2014, at the age of 96.

The information in this note is from the following sources:

Star Tribune. “Obituary for Rosalynd C. Pflaum.” Star Tribune. Star Tribune, April 13, 2014.


133 folders


A collection of autographs and autographed letters and photographs from famous aviators.


The collection is organized alphabetically by aviator's last name.

Physical Location

Mezz (R80, D1, S1)

Other Finding Aid

A detailed inventory of the autographed items is available in the Archives. It contains information about many of the aviators.


Donated by Rosalynd Mary Cohen Pflaum (Mrs. Leo R.) in 1967.

Related Material

Additional information about Rosalynd Plaum can be found in the following collections:

Rosalynd Pflaum The Emperor's Talisman Manuscript (Mss015)

WAMSO Encore Cookbook (Mss016)

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra (PA067)

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by C. E. Svang, 1968.

Pflaum Aeronautical Collection
Leslie Czechowski
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Upper Midwest Literary Archives Collecting Area