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"The Flying Brigade" manuscript

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: MS-0606

Scope and Contents

A 61 page manuscript item related to black Americana being a typed story written by a woman named Janet Hay Houston. She was a missionary and one of nine children born from Margaret Parks Paxton and noted minister, Samuel Rutherford Houston. "The Flying Brigades" is essentially a story of a missionary who gathers a group of other women to provide Christian outreach to the lumber camps of West Virginia.

In lumber camps, the workers referred to itinerant ministers who conducted religious services as, "sky pilots," which may be the possible origin for this story's title. Missionaries were known to visit logging camps occasionally. Ms. Houston wrote this piece in 1922 while in Colorado, and a handwritten letter written by her to a printer in Richmond, Virginia, is also included, wherein she instructs them to print the manuscript in a pamphlet format.


  • Creation: 1922


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed at the George Peabody Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased in November 2012.

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Repository Details

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