Guide to the Sue B. Hacker Papers, 1917-2008.
CA023-05

 Finding aid prepared by Diehl, Martha G., MSLIS.

Collection Overview

Repository
Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Collection.
Creator - Creator
Hacker, Sue B., Mrs., (Susan B.), 1917-2008
Title
Sue B. Hacker Papers
ID
CA023-05
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1986-1996
Date [inclusive]
1947-2004
Extent
6.22 Linear feet (One half-size manuscript box, one non-standard box (25.5 x 19.5 x 2.5), one photo print box (5.5 x 7.5 x 12), and three moving film canisters (15 x 1.25).)
Language of Materials
Collection is in English and Chinese.
Abstract
Susan Buol Hacker was Executive Secretary to General Claire Chennault, and Secretary-Treasurer of The Civil Air Transport Association (CAT). The collection contains a small amount of personal papers, as well as correspondence and media material related to CAT.

Citation

The Sue B. Hacker Papers, Document name or type, Folder number, Box number, Series number, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Collection. 21 March 2017

800 West Campbell Road, MC33
Richardson, TX, 75080-3021
972-883-2570
[email protected]

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Provenance Statement

The Sue B. Hacker Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by [Sue B. Hacker] on [date].

Material Removed List

The Social Security Card of Sue B. Hacker's first husband, Lawrence Robert Boul has been placed in an envelope and removed to a safe location.

Note to the Researcher

Staples were removed from pages. Photos were placed in acid-free sleeves. Newspaper articles were placed in acid-free folders. Photocopies were made of brittle documents.

Original 16mm film prints are deteriorating due to Vinegar Syndrome.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Hacker, Sue B., Mrs., (Susan B.), 1917-2008

Subject(s)

  • CAT/Air America Archives

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Biographical Sketch

Susan Buol Hacker was born October 17, 1917 in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from University of New Mexico and worked at Los Alamos Labs during WWII.

Following the war, she became Executive Secretary to General Claire Chennault, who created the Civil Air Transport (CAT - later known as Air America).

In 1950 her husband Lawrence Robert Buol, a CAT pilot, was captured by the Communist Chinese while flying supplies over what was called the "Burma Hump." Sue worked tirelessly to get him released from the Communist prison at Kunming only to see him die in 1955, eight months after his release.

She was active in the CAT Association as its Secretary-Treasurer, helping to keep the CAT members in touch with each other, and making their work part of the historical record.

After Bob's death Sue lived in Hong Kong for six years where she met John Hacker, a well known saxophone player, who traveled with his band playing different venues. After two years of courtship John and Sue married. They moved to Nassau, Bahamas, where they lived from 1963 to 1968, then Hawaii where they lived for fifteen years, and finally in Boulder Creek, CA. Susan Buol Hacker passed away on June 19, 2008.

Source
 Unknown, "Hacker," Albuequerque Journal, June 29, 2008, accessed January 17, 2017, http://obits.abqjournal.com/obits/show/186999

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Scope and Content

This collection contains documents, records, correspondence, personal papers, photographs, drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, three 16mm moving film rolls, and other materials that were created and/or collected by Sue B. Hacker during her work for Civil Air Transport (CAT). McDermott Library Special Collections The University of Texas at Dallas

The collection arrived in good condition, and arranged by the donor upon arrival. Original order was established and maintained by the curator. The archivist identified six series with the first series being the CAT Organization series which is further organized in two subseries: 1. Membership Roster and 2. Biographies.

Subseries 1. consists of CAT Organization member death lists.

Eighty-one former American and Chinese members listed on two pages, one showing location at time of death as well as position held during service.

Subseries 2. consists of photographs and biographies of Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault, and Whiting Willauer.

Formal head and shoulder black and white photos of each man. Short biographies of each highlight their service: Chennault's traces his rise in aviation with the U.S. Army, from advisor to China's General Chiang Kai-shek and the Chinese Aviation School to creation of the "Flying Tigers, and CAT; and Willauer's as a U.S. Department of Justice Attorney, Naval Reserve-Intelligence, and a U.S. Ambassador.

The second series, Correspondence, is arranged in three subseries: 1. To Sue B. Hacker, 2. Between CAT Members, and 3. University of Texas at Dallas.

Subseries 1. consists of correspondence to Sue B. Hacker from CAT Organization members, pertaining to organization members and their meetings.

Letters to Sue B. Hacker from CAT Members informing her of current locations, giving and asking information about themselves and other CAT members. Also, copies of articles from publications that were included in the letters - among them obituaries, newspaper clippings, and Randall Richardson's log book. Letters from: Ambrose Tai, Rene Richardson, Mrs. Edmund D. Jackson, C.T. Chang, Y.W. Liang, Tony da Costa, Jesse Walton, Peter Shu, Duncan Fraser, David Lampard, Harold Arison, Amalie H. Bigony, Weldon Bigony, Mariann Rossi [sic?], Colin Lampard, John G. Samson, Milt Miller, John R. Rossi, Charles B. Stone, Tex Hill, Donald S. Lopez.

Subseries 2. consists of correspondence between CAT members relating to operational activities in China, and later CAT organization activities, commemorations, membership, and some personal. Letters written by: D.L. Funk, Claire Chennault, Lillian Chu, Renée Robertson, Bruno Braga, Peter Shu, Jane Mullins, Felix Smith, Erik Shilling [sic?], Jim Moore, Kevin A. Collins, Cecily Guberlet, Kevin A. Collins.

Subseries 3. consists of Curator Reports, and Aerospace Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting Papers from the University of Texas at Dallas Aviation Archives and Special Collections sent to CAT. Curator Reports by Larry Sall are from 1990 and 1991. Aerospace Foundation papers are from 1990.

The third series consists of Personal papers belonging to Sue Hacker and arranged in two subseries: 1. Civilian, and 2. Military.

Subseries 1. consists of a passport, birth and death certificate of Lawrence R. Buol, Sue's first husband. His Social Security Card has been removed from the file and is in a secured location.

Subseries 2. consists of Lawrence R. Buol's United States Marine Corps, (USMC) certificate of service completion, USMC identification and rating cards, as well as commuications authorizations from the Republic of China, and the United States Federal Communications Commission.

The fourth series consists of Media in three subseries: 1. Moving Images, 2. Still Images, and 3. Artwork.

Subseries 1. consists of three Beta tapes with interviews of CAT organization members that were filmed in the 1980s, and three 16mm film rolls about Whiting Willauer "Ultimate Achievement Franklin Mint 1-2-3."

Subseries 2. consists of still images from Sue B. Hacker's time in China which include Sue B. Hacker, Lawrence R. Buol, Lt. General Claire Chennault, Anna Chennault, various Chinese and American CAT affiliates.

Subseries 3. consists of drawings of Lt. General Chennault, signed by various CAT members. One drawing is signed by Irving Hoffman. Two are signed by CAT members.

The fifth series, Perpetual Motion films, contains correspondence and photos from Director/Produceer/Actor Monte Markham concerning the production of a documentary on CAT and Air America, as well as Mr. Markham's resume. There is one subseries entitled, Proposal CAT Documentary.

Subseries 1. consists photos and correspondence between Director/Producer/Actor Monte Markham and CAT members (and his resume) regarding a possible CAT documentary. Also in this subseries are copies of various certificates given to Hugh L. Grundy. Correspondence is from: Felix Smith, Erik Carlson, Sue Hacker, and E.M. Allison. Copies of correspondence and accompanying letters to Hugh L. Grundy are from: American Institute of Management, recognition of the family plantation as a Kentucky Historic Farm-Bicentennial and letter of thanks, Citation from the Central Intelligence Agency and letter of thanks, Congressional Record page and letter of thanks, Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, City of Springfield, Kentucky and letter of thanks, and The Valley Girls, City of Louisville, Letter from Jim Rhynne [sic?], Fred Boring. Photos of medals awarded to Mr. Grundy,

The sixth series, Publications, contains original newspaper and magazine articles, and CAT Bulletins. Some pieces are written by CAT members.

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Series Description

The Sue B. Hacker Papers are arranged in six series:

Series I. CAT Organization 0.2 linear ft. (two folders), 1986.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. Membership Roster and 2. Biographies.

Subseries 1. Membership Roster 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1986.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 2. Biographies 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), undated.

Arranged alphabetically by name.

Series II. Correspondence 0.6 linear ft. (two folders), 1949-2004.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. To Sue Hacker, 2. Between CAT Members, and 3. University of Texas at Dallas.

Subseries 1. To Sue Hacker 0.2 linear ft. (one folder), 1977-2004.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 2. Between CAT Members 0.2 linear ft. (one folder), 1949-1996.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 3. University of Texas at Dallas 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1990-1991.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series III. Personal Papers 0.2 linear ft. (two folders), 1947-1956.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. Civilian and 2. Military.

Subseries 1. Civilian 0.1 linear ft. (one folder) 1947-1956.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 2. Military 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1942-1952.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Series IV. Media 0. linear ft. (one folder, one photo print box, and three audio/film canisters), 1948-1983.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. Moving Images, 2. Still Images and 3. Artwork.

Subseries 1. Moving Images 4.45 linear ft. (one photo print box and three audio/film canisters), 1983-1984.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 2. Still Images 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1948-1990.

Arranged by size.

Subseries 3. Artwork 2.1 linear ft. (one oversized folder), Undated.

Arranged by size.

Series V. Perpetual Motion Films 0.4 linear ft. (one folder), 1963-2003.

Arranged in original order.

Series VI. Publications 2.5 linear ft. (one manuscript folder and one oversized folder), 1924-2004.

Arranged chronologically by date.

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Related Materials

Additional Sources

For additional sources about Civil Air Transport (CAT) - Air America Archives at The History of Aviation Collection in the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines were pulled and catalogued to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine stacks.

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Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air America Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example : 1SBH-1-1-PB1

1 = CAT/Air America Archives

SBH = Sue B. Hacker Papers

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. CAT Organization 

Subseries 1. Membership Death Lists 

CAT Membership Death Lists. 1986 November 24 


    Box Folder
Text   1 1

Subseries 2. Biographies 

Biographies. Undated   Image number 1SBH-1-2-PB1 through 1SBH-1-2-PB2, and biographies of Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault, and Whiting Willaur.


    Box Folder
Text   1 2

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Series II. Correspondence 

Subseries 1. To Sue Hacker   

Correspondence to Sue Hacker. 1977-2004   Image numbers 1SBH-1-3-PC1 through 1SBH-1-3-PC2, and correspondence.


    Box Folder
Text   1 3

Subseries 2. Between CAT Members 

Correspondence Between CAT Members 1949-1996   Letters between members.

Subseries 3. University of Texas at Dallas 

Curator's Reports. 1990-1991   Reports of meetings.


    Box Folder
Text   1 5

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Series III. Personal Papers 

Subseries 1. Civilian 1947-1956 

Lawrence Buol's Civilian Identification Papers. 1947-1956   Passport, copy of Birth Certificate, Notice of Death of American Citizen


    Box Folder
Text   1 6

Subseries 2. Military 1942-1952 

Lawrence Buol's Military Identification and Rating cards. 1942-1952   Cards record military advancement, service recognition, and active duty recognition certificates.


    Box Folder
Text   1 7

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Series IV. Media 

Subseries 1. Moving Images 

I Air America Undated 


    Box Cassette-BETA
Text   2 1

II Air America Undated 


    Box Cassette-BETA
Text   2 2

Willauer-Holden 1982-1983 


    Box Cassette-BETA
Text   2 3

Film-Can

Whiting Willauer "Ultimate Achievement Franklin Mint 1-2-3." Undated 

4

B530-2. Undated 

5

B530-3. Undated 

6

Subseries 2. Still Images 1948-1990 

Images of Claire Chennault, Sue B. Hacker, Lawrence Buol, and others affliliated with CAT. 1948-1990   Images 1SBH-1-8-PB1 through 1SBH-1-8-PB16, 1SBH-1-8-PC17-through 1SBH-1-8-PC18, and 1SBH-1-8-PB19 through 1SBH-1-8-PB28. Image 1SBH-3-3-PB1


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   3 3
    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 8

Subseries 3. Artwork Undated 

Art Drawings. Undated   Artwork signed by various CAT members.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   3 1

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Series V. Perpetual Motion Films 

Proposal CAT Documentary 1963-2003   Monte Markham's resume, correspondence from CAT members, Hugh Grundy certificates.


    Box Folder
Text   1 9

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Series VI. Publications 

Subseries 1. Clippings 

Newspaper clippings and other printed articles. 1924-2004   Articles regarding CAT and affiliated operations in Asia.


    Box Folder
Text   1 10

Subseries 2. Oversized Clippings 

Calendars, newsprint. 1948-1986   Newspaper articles, CAT veteran loss.


    Box Folder
Text   3 2

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