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Frank Byrne Flynn Papers

Identifier: FBF

Scope and Content

Personal correspondence, photographs, and newspapers comprise the bulk of the collection; with the addition of company records, army records and printed materials. The collection spans from 1918-2009. The bulk of the collection was generated from 1939 to 1945 during Flynn's years as a college student and member of the armed forces. Materials from World War II form a large portion of the collection. Handwritten correspondence with family members, solider's guide books, newspapers, and ration cards document Flynn's wartime experiences while stationed in Italy. Other materials in the collection center on Flynn's Catholic education from grade school, through high school and college. After 1945 the majority of materials pertain to the Missouri Steam and Water Supply Company which Flynn owned and managed. There are legal and financial records from the Missouri Steam and Water Supply and Flynn Investment Company from 1990-1992. There is almost no material related to Flynn's personal life in the post-war years.


  • Creation: 1918-2009


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Frank Byrne Flynn was a student at Notre Dame and served as an Aviation Meterological Cadet during World War II.

1921-1935 Attended Cathedral Catholic Grade School, was an active member of Boy Scouts of America.

1935-1939 Attended Christian Brothers High School, became an Eagle Scout.

1939-1941 Student at Notre Dame University, majoring in Chemistry.

1941-1942 Transfered to Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. Enlisted in the army and was placed in the reserve corp.

1943-1945 Attended Army Air Forces Technical School. Served as an Aviation Meterological Cadet, stationed in Italy. Visited the Vatican and had audience with the Pope.

1946 Returned to Drury College to finish undergraduate degree.

1950s- Became Excecutive of the Missouri Water and Steam Supply Company.

1991- Retired from Missouri Water and Steam Supply Company. Eric Scott became manager; Flynn retained ownership of the company.


9 linear inches.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Alice Osberger (sister of Frank Byrne Flynn).

Frank Byrne Flynn Papers
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

607 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame Indiana 46556 United States
(574) 631-6448