Guide to the Burrell Tibbs Papers, 1896-1965
H001-66

 Finding aid prepared by Patrizia Nava, CA

Collection Overview

Repository
Special Collections Department, History of Aviation Collection
Creator - Creator
Tibbs, Burrell, Mr., (Charles Burrell), 1896-1965
Title
Burrell Tibbs Papers
ID
H001-66
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1909-1965
Date [inclusive]
1860-2005
Extent
23.6 Linear feet (Thirteen manuscript boxes, one non-standard box (11.75x17.5x3), three non-standard boxes (15x22x2), five non-standard boxes (20x25x2), and one photo album box (18x13x5).)
Language of Materials
Collection is in English.
Abstract
Burrell Tibbs is well known for his contributions to the early aviation period in the United States. Having been an apprentice to Benoist and working with Lester Miller on building an airplane, Tibbs was also a barnstormer and a pilot instructor in Oklahoma before and during World War II. He worked at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas and celebrated the 50th anniversary of powered flight by flying a World War I Jenny from Bloomington, Illinois to Grand Prairie, Texas in seven days.

Citation

Burrell Tibbs Papers, Document name or type, Folder number, Box number, Series number, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Special Collections Department, History of Aviation Collection 9 June 2014

800 West Campbell Road, MC33
Richardson, TX, 75080-3021
972-883-2570
LIBSPCO@utdallas.edu.

Revision Description

 Additional material were found after the collection had been processed in June 2014. The items were incorporated into the existing collection and the finding aid has been updated. 2 November 2014

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Provenance Statement

The Burrell Tibbs Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Tibbs' daughters Mrs. Ruth Crossley and Mrs. Jeanne Santerre in 1966 and by his son Burrell Francis Tibbs on May 21, 2012.

Note to the Researcher

One of Tibbs' pilot log books from Series I, Box 1, Folder 15, is heavily damaged, handle with care! The other one from Series IV, Box 22, Folder 6 is equally in poor condition and also contains mold. The content was photocopied onto acid-free paper and the original deaccessioned. A brochure from Tibbs Flying School in Series I, Box 1, Folder 16 is in poor condition as well.

In Series II, where possible, adhesives were removed from the clippings. Some of the clippings and articles are photocopied onto acid-free paper or scanned and saved as PDF File in this location Z:\SCServer\Work in Progress\Collections\Burrell Tibbs Papers. Especially the early clippings are in poor condition and have to be handled with care! Please consult archivist regarding handling instructions. Some clippings were glued together so badly that the information could not be salvaged, they were deaccessioned. The undated section of these clippings also contain fragments from articles.

Materials Removed List

0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box) of duplicate clippings, photographs, and articles and of damaged clippings and ephemera.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Tibbs, Burrell, Mr., (Charles Burrell), 1896-1965

Subject(s)

  • History of Aviation Collection

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Biographical Sketch

Charles Burrell Tibbs was born on March 11, 1896 on a cotton farm 1.5 miles Southwest of Royse City, Rockwall County, Texas to Francis B. Tibbs and Maragette [sic] Tibbs. The etymology of the name Tibbs stems from his grandmother, who was named Thibodeaux. Burrell Tibbs was raised by his grandparents on the farm.

Tibbs' great grand father was a Methodist circuit riding preacher. His paternal grandmother married Joe Tibbs of Marion, Illinois. Frances B. Tibbs was their son. The family moved down from Canada through Illinois to Texas during the Construction Period of the Texas and Pacific Railway.

In 1909 at the World Fair in St. Louis, Missouri Tibbs' first interest in aviation was sparked by observing the Baldwin air ship and Glenn Curtiss fly. He worked as a greaseball mechanic for French aviator Tom Benoist while being an apprentice to him in 1912. Tibbs worked at the Curtiss School in Hammondsport, New York in 1913, where he gained new ideas for Benoist.

Tibbs soloed on January 9, 1914. Unfortunately, he crashed in the second part of his solo. His flight started at Randall Park in East Dallas. He worked with Lester Miller, another early aviator, from Dallas, Texas in 1914. Their business relationship continued during the years 1915 through 1917 working as barnstormers in Oklahoma and Texas. In addition, Tibbs became a Fixed Based Operator in East Dallas and they set up the Miller-Tibbs training camp business in Marlin, Texas.

After the entry of the United States in the World War I, Tibbs flew for the United States Army Air Corps flying in the United States and training other wartime fliers. He was honorably discharged from the service on February 12, 1919.

In the same year, Tibbs became a member of the Texas Top-Notch Fliers barnstormers. He operated a commercial air service and flying school at Municipal airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1922 through 1929. For the next ten years, Tibbs continued to barnstorm flying routes between Mexico and United States and also worked as a crop duster.

From 1939 through 1941 Tibbs worked at the College Pilot Training School (CPT) in Oklahoma and was a pilot instructor in World War II from 1942 through 1945 . After the war and until 1951, Tibbs sold war surplus and new aircraft until he was employed at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas.

In 1953, he operated a flying service out of Grand Prairie, Texas. At the age of fifty-seven, he flew a World War I Jenny from Bloomington, Illinois to Grand Prairie, Texas in seven days, or the equivalent of 750 miles, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of powered flight. In 1954 Tibbs constructed a Silver Wings replica of Clyde Cessna's 1911 airplane. 1957 saw Tibbs as Public Relations Assistant to the manager of Oklahoma City's Downtown Air Park and teacher of cadet aviation classes at the University of Oklahoma. In 1963 he was elected president of the Air Indians, a chapter of the Antique Aircraft Association. Tibbs was the acting Director of the Aerosphere Show, Oklahoma Semi-Centennial anniversary.

Tibbs received many awards and recognition, such as the Burrell Tibbs Day on April 14, 1929 honoring him as Oklahoma's Pioneer Flier, which was a statewide celebration designated by licensed pilots of Oklahoma. On May 25 of the same year, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce presented to him the official award for his services in the advancement of commercial aviation in Oklahoma and the United States.

Burrell Tibbs was a member of many aviation related associations, such as the Early Birds, OX5 Club of Aviation Pioneers, Quiet Birdmen (Q.B.) Club of Oklahoma and Texas, Air Indians, Antique Aircraft Association, Tau Omega (honorary), Kill Devil Hill Memorial Society, Institute of Aeronautical Science, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), just to name a few.

Tibbs logged a total of 45,000 hours during his active flying career. Charles Burrell Tibbs passed away at the age of sixty-nine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 5, 1965. His ashes were dropped from an airplane above his birthplace Royse City, Texas. He was survived by his wife Julia and two daughters, Mrs. Ruth B. Crossley and Mrs. Jeanne Santerre, both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and sons Charles B. and Burrell Francis Tibbs.

Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Biographical Notes, Folder 1, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Provenance, Holding Files, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Anonymous, "Tibbs - The Top Notch Texas Flyer,"  OX5 News, vol. 5, no. 1, October, 1962, p. 1, Folder 2, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Burrell Tibbs Stationary, Folder 2, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Memorial Card, Folder 2, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Military Identification Card, Folder 6, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Airman Identification Card, Folder 6, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Clipping, John Watson, "First Powered Plane Flew Dec. 17, 1903,"  The Witchita Eagle, Folder 7, Box 11, Series II. Subseries 5., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Clipping, "Charles Burrell Tibbs, Aviation Figure, Dies," Folder 7, Box 11, Series II. Subseries 5., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Clipping, "Dean of State Fliers Dead,"  The Daily Oklahoman, May 6, 1965Folder 7, Box 11, Series II. Subseries 5., History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Burrell Tibbs Papers, Flyer Burrell Tibbs Day, Folder 6, Box 22, Series IV, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
 Cooper, Ralph, Charles Burrell Tibbs, 1896-1965, http://earlyaviators.com/etibbs.htm, Online, accessed 14 January 2014

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Scope and Content

This collection contains personal papers, manuscripts, clippings, articles, correspondence, radiograms, listings, speeches, ephemera, memorabilia, cartoon, photographs, and maps that were created and/or collected by Burrell Tibbs, his sisters, and his son Francis. The Burrell Tibbs Papers are housed in seventeen manuscript boxes, eight non-standard boxes, and one photo album box of various sizes totalling 23.6 linear feet.

This collection arrived in multiple accessions and is mainly in fair condition except the newspaper clippings which are in poor condition. The archivist identified seven series with the first series being the Personal Documents Series. Materials are personal handwritten notes, oldest photograph in collection of Burrell Tibbs in a Benoist plane of 1912 at St. Louis, clippings, articles; correspondence received, topics are Tibbs' project "St. Peterburg Celebration," Antique Airplane Association Fly-in, Semi-Centennial Exposition, full scale replica Clyde's original airplane, the history of aviation in Texas, National Convention of OX5 Club, listings of Benoit students, and private correspondence from Tibbs' children, and correspondence sent to Tibbs' family.

Speeches, bill of sales for airplanes and contracts between Tibbs and Lestere Miller, and Tibbs and Paul R. Braniff; Burrell Tibbs' stationary, biographical information on Peter Altman, typed or handwritten manuscripts covering events of Tibbs' piloting career from 1914 through 1919 while in the United States Armed Forces and the beginning of barnstorming, meetings with Wiley Post and comedian Will Rogers, railroad transportation and American indians, and a typewritten manuscript The Curtiss Aviation Book by Glenn H. Curtiss and August Post.

Notes on speeches and The Curtiss Aviation Book, sketches and three views, notes on Early Birds, charts and listings regarding hangar dimensions; Tibbs' pilot's license and other identification cards, correspondence from Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce regarding Tibbs' and Henley's entry in the Dole's Air Race, and business cards, as well as his log book covering the time frame from 1933 through 1937; receipt, brochure, and coupon from Tibbs Flying School; club cards, menus, invitations, and a cartoon created and signed by William J. McClanahan; Tibbs' transcript of speech to the Air Knocker Flight Club including a question and answer session and transcript of address regarding 50th anniversary of powered flight, as well as internet sources about Burrell Tibbs' life and accomplishments and World War I pilot listings.

The second series is the Publication Series and by far the largest and more important series, because it gives an almost day to day account of people and events regarding aeronautics of the first fifty years of aviation including an extensive coverage of aviation during World War I. This series is further organized into six subseries: 1. Articles, 2. Brochures, 3. Clippings Scrapbook, 4. Clippings Loose, 5. General Aviation Topics, and 6. Specific Aviation Topics.

Subseries 1. covers topics such as ballooning, early air meets, advertisements, technical articles about aeronautics, bombing, airplanes, dirigibles, German airships, use of airplanes in agriculture, aircraft engines, women in aviation, airmen during World War I, air races, aerial photography, trophies and awards, Jet age, air boats, airlines, aviation firsts, and air space, and daily flight accomplishments. Some articles stem from The Scientific American.

Subseries 2. topics are instructions for inventors, aviation memorial parks, fifty years of powered flight, and promotion brochure for Avco airplanes.

Subseries 3. includes topics such as balloons, airships, lighter than air dirigibles, early aviation, Wright brothers in Europe, Louis Blériot, women in aviation, airship flight to the North Pole, aviation in France and Italy, first airship in Texas, Emperor William II and Count Zeppelin, Paris airship show, Transatlantic flights, Louis Paulhan in Texas and other aviation related topics as well as clippings covering World War I. Of interest is a clipping referring to Geronimo's, Apache chieftain's funeral.

Subseries 4. subjects are ballooning, advertisement, flying machines, Santos Dumont airship, Wright Brothers, early aviation, European aviation, Japanese aviation, Texas aviation, Dallas/Fort Worth aviation, women in Japanese aviation, aircraft accidents, cartoons, Dallas Aviation Meet in in 1910, Aeroclub of America, balloons, aviation firsts, Lincoln Beachy's death, successful takeoff and landing from a ship, and airships, military aviation, navy aviation, employment of airships for bombing London, and World War I. Of interest is a clipping where Helen Keller commented about the benefits of aviation to the blind, as well as one from Oct. 2, 1912 reporting on a successful development of a frog clone, and Pancho Villa's role in the Siege of Matamoros. Extensive coverage of the events of World War I, mid-air refueling, barnstorming, air mail, early commercial aviation, Braniff air service in 1929, highlights of aviation, women in aviation, records in aviation, boarder patrol using aircraft, Trans-Atlantic crossings, endurance flights, airplane accidents, social life of pilots.

Subseries 5. comprises biographical information as well as facts about the organization of a "Burrell Tibbs Day" in 1929 by the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and in 1953 Tibbs', at age 57, flying a World War I Jenny from Bloomington, Illinois to Grand Prairie, Texas in seven days, which covered 750 miles to celebrate 50 anniversary of powered flight.

Subseries 6. encompasses information about a life-sized figure of Christ by an unidentified sculpture, President Wilson, Australian boxer Les Darcy, Pancho Villa, bear attacks, General Arnulfo Gomez, Mexican revolution, 119th anniversary of the founding Salina and third Cherokee reunion, motion picture The Moonshiners, politics, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, local Dallas news, local Sayre news, Beckham County, Oklahoma news, Colonel Edward H. R. Green of Texas, Hugh Burrell and fraud accusations, controversy regarding horses or automobiles for the fire department, buffalos attack in Tonkawa, Barney Oldfield's "Green Dragon" automobile, and advertisements such as a full page promotion of the first Buffalo Bill show in Oklahoma in 1909.

Subseries 7. contains booklets, brochures, listings, Boeing's inter-office memorandum regarding "First Monoplane Flights for the U.S. Government," history and activities of Early Birds, excerpts from different books with various aviation topics, National Aeronautic Association Bulletin regarding aircraft performance listings, OX 5 Club listings and newsletters, declaration of purpose of the Pioneer Airmail Pilot Reunion, rigging instructions, and listings of aircraft by Smithsonian Institution.

The third series is the Photographs Series, which is further organized in four subseries: 1. Burrell Tibbs, 2. Photo albums, 3. Events, and 4. Airplanes.

Subseries 1. depicts Burrell Tibbs in portraits and with his friends, family, Early Bird pilots, Tibbs with his students, working on a replica of Clyde's Cessna original aircraft, Wylie Post's first built aircraft, a plane built by Tibbs and Lester Miller, Ross Anderson's Curtiss pusher, Tibbs attending meetings, and with his awards as well as at award ceremonies; Tibbs during his endurance flight in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma depicting mid-air refueling, Tibbs at Stephenville, Texas, commemoration of the first flight of Charles F. Willard, and a set of pictures regarding famous aviation planes, such as Loening and Barling and pilots, among which are Amelia Earhardt and Charles Lindbergh; general topics are Miami Municipal Airport, aerial views, wing walking, and construction of Safe Way hangar; one set of pictures showcase aviation pioneer Billy Parker flying his 1912 pusher plane next to a North American F-86 Sabre.

Subseries 2. Album 1 covers Tibbs flight instruction years and some family photographs and clippings; Album 2 Downtown Airpark Paint Shop shows various single engined airplanes with their custom made markings, and Album 3 depicts family scenes, C. Pat Murphey's Flying Circus, Southern Aerial Exposition, as well as some clippings and a Certificate of Scholarship dedicated to Ruth Tibbs for the Public Schools of Oklahoma county, Oklahoma, and a ribbon from the OX5 Club.

Subseries 3. includes participants in the 1934 National Air Races for instance Roscoe Turner, Ben Howard, Clayton Folberts, Harold Neuman, Gordon Israel, Earl Ortman, Jimmy Wedell, Lee Gelbach, Marion McKeen, Wedell-Williams AirService Corporation, and airplanes like the Howard (Benjamin O.) DGA-6 Mister Mulligan, the Wedell-Williams Model 44 I (NR 278V) (Race #s: 44, 91), the Wedell-Williams Model 44 II (NR 536V) (Race #: 92), the Wedell-Williams Model 44 (44 III) (NR 61Y) (Race #s: 2, 25, 57, 121), and the Brown (Lawrence) B-2  Miss Los Angeles.

Subseries 4. covers a photographic history including a list of all the aircraft manufactured by the Cessna Aircraft Company; racing airplanes, for example Keith Rider R-5 Elmendorf Special, Keith Rider R-6  Eight Ball, Keith Rider R-1  Suzy, and Heath  Baby Bullet and pilots such as Marion McKeen, Earl Ortman, Ben Howard, Harold Neuman, Amelia Earhart, Florence Klingensmith and Ernst Udet just to name a few. In the manufacturer section covers a small representative sample of airplane production from the early aviation through modern days, such as the Wittemann (Aircraft) NBL-1 Barling Bomber operated by the U.S. Army, dirigibles, and Pitts Special. Of interest are the three images depicting the airplane built by Burrell Tibbs and Lester Miller, and enlarged photo prints of a Benoist type biplane.

Subseries 5. includes negatives of an unidentified child, from a de Havilland (Airco) D.H.4 (Red Star Jenny) at San Antonio, Texas, and images from Tibbs working on a home built aircraft.

The fourth series is the Ephemera Series. Materials are an invoice issued by the Creek Airplane Company, a ticket stub by Continental Engine, an airplane ticket by Aeronaves de Mexico, S.A. issued to Tibbs, a decal depicting a stunt flyer, and a flyer promoting Burrell Tibbs Day; an autograph booklet entries are from individuals from the Dallas/Fort Worth area; the photo clippings cover general aviation topics; Season Greeting postcards, and air races programs, menu cards, and a flyer promoting the Utex Aviation Company under the management of D.E. Byrd and Burrell Tibbs.

The fifth series is the Memorabilia Series. Items are a 14.5x2" metal sign with black background reading Burrell Tibbs in white with yellow framed letters and a True Course computer by Mototrola Aviation Products.

The sixth series is the Maps Series, which includes a silk map of Upper Burma, a National Geographic Society Louisiana map, and map showing the United States with a unspecified flight route.

The seventh series is the Blueprint Series, containing Army-Navy Aeronautical Standards, Piper J3C Series specifications, Zenith Carburetor Cross-section view, Model A; installation drawing, Model A; and 'Manufacturers' Specification on American Commercial Airplanes' as compiled by Aviation. Of interest is the original blueprint of an engine installation by Lycoming: Installation 0-235-C and 0-235-CI and CIA, Part number 63700.

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Series Description

The Burrell Tibbs Papers are organized in seven series:

Series I. Personal Documents 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box and one folder), 1914-1937.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series II. Publications 16.2 linear ft. (nine manuscript boxes, twenty folders, and seven non-standard boxes), 1860-1968.

Arranged in seven subseries: 1. Articles, 2. Brochures, 3. Clippings Scrapbook, 4. Clippings Loose, 5. Clippings Covering Burrell Tibbs, 6. Nonaviation Topics, and 7. Other Formats.

Subseries 1. Articles 0.5 linear ft. (five folders and three oversize folders), 1909-1962.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 2. Brochures 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1960.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 3. Clippings Scrapbook 1.1 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes, three folders, and two oversize folders), 1909-1918.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 4. Clippings Loose 2.6 linear ft. (five manuscript boxes, twelve folders, and seven non-standard boxes), 1860-1968.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 5. Clippings covering Burrell Tibbs 0.2 linear ft. (three folders), 1911-1965.

Arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 6. Clippings Nonaviation Topics 0.1 linear ft. (one folder and two oversize folders), 1914-1956.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 7. Other Formats 0.3 linear ft. (twelve folders), 1952-1960.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series III. Photographs 2.6 linear ft. (one photo album box, one non-standard box, and five folders), 1911-1964.

Arranged in five subseries: 1. Burrell Tibbs, 2. Photo albums, 3. Events, 4. Airplanes, and 5. Negatives.

Subseries 1. Burrell Tibbs 1.9 linear ft. (one photo album box and one oversize folder), 1929-1964.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 2. Photo albums 0.2 linear ft. (one folder and one oversize folder), Undated.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 3. Events 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1934.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 4. Airplanes 0.26 linear ft. (five folders, one oversize folder, and one folder in photo album box), 1911-1960.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 5. Negatives 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), Undated.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series IV. Ephemera 0.12 linear ft. (five folders), 1929-1960.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series V. Memorabilia 0.1 linear ft. (one envelope), Undated.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series VI. Maps 0.2 linear ft. (two oversize folders), Undated.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series VII. Blueprints and Technical Data 0.2 linear ft. (one folder, and one folder in map case), 1929-1944.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

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Related Materials

Additional Sources

For additional information regarding early aviation view the Ed Finnan Collection H013-87, the  Joseph Weisberg Papers H038-94,  Lawrence E. De Leon Collection H025-82, etc. of the History of Aviation Collection.

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 American 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 : 5BT-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

BT = Burrell Tibbs 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. Personal Documents 

Biographical Information, Part I. 1914-1917   Personal notes.


    Box Folder
Text   1 1

Biographical Information, Part II. 1912-1980   Image number 5BT-1-1-PB1, correspondence, articles, and ephemera.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Contracts. 1922-1927   Bills of sale for purchasing airplanes.


    Box Folder
Text   1 3

Correspondence Received. 1941-1963   Image number 5BT-1-4-PB1 and correspondence.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Correspondence Sent. 1929 


    Box Folder
Text   1 5

Manuscript, Biographical. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   1 6

Manuscript, Reminiscence. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   1 7

Manuscript, Historical Sketch. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   1 8

The Curtiss Aviation Book. Undated   Part I. Pages 69-71, p. 198, and p. 203 are missing.


    Box Folder
Text   1 9

The Curtiss Aviation Book. Undated   Part II. Pages 1-169.


    Box Folder
Text   1 10

The Curtiss Aviation Book. Undated   Part III. Various annotated portions of the manuscript.


    Box Folder
Text   1 11

Notes. 1912-1959   Notes, charts, listings, three views, and sketches.


    Box Folder
Text   1 12

Notebooks. 1957   Two note booklets.


    Box Folder
Text   1 13

Tibbs' Personal Papers. 1951-1956   Drivers license, veteran status ID, and receipt.


    Box Folder
Text   1 14

Tibbs' Pilot Career. 1927-1958   Image number 5BT-1-15-PB1 through 5BT-1-17-PB2. Application for pilot's license, correspondence, Landplane Pilot's License, Airmen and CAA identification cards, Medical Certificates for Commercial Airmen, Tibb's pilot's log book, and business cards.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 15

Tibbs Flying School/Burrell Tibbs Flying Service, Inc. 1928 July 23   Receipt, brochure, and coupon.


    Box Folder
Text   1 16

Tibbs' Social Life. 1916-1960   Club cards, invitations, menu cards, and other ephemera.


    Box Folder
Ephemera   1 17

Tibbs' Speech. Undated   Address to the Air Knocker Club.


    Box Folder
Text   1 18

Transcript of Speech. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   1 19

History of Aviation Notes. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   1 20

Sources about Burrell Tibbs. 1996-2005   Internet printouts.


    Box Folder
Text   1 21

Listings. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   2 1

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Series II. Publications 

Subseries 1. Articles 

Articles, Part I. 1910-1928 


    Box Folder
Text   2 2

Articles, Part II. 1929-1939 


    Box Folder
Text   2 3

Articles, Part III. 1945-1962 


    Box Folder
Text   2 4

Articles, Part IV. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   2 5

Articles, Part V. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   2 6

Articles, Part VI. 1909 


    Box Folder
Text   13 1

Articles, Part VII. 1909 June-August 


    Box Folder
Text   23 5

Articles, Part VIII. 1862-1911 


    Box Folder
Text   21 4

Subseries 2. Brochures 

Brochures. 1960   Canady, Buel H, "Inventions, Patents and Profits," Huntington Park, CA: n.p., 1960; "Kil Devil Hill. National Memorial North Carolina," GOP, n.d.; "Kittyhawk to Cape Canaveral, Barlesville, OK: Phillips Petroleum Company, n.d.; "50th Year Anniversary of Powered Flight, n.p., n.d.; "Avco '55."


    Box Folder
Text   2 7

Subseries 3. Clippings Scrapbook 

Scrapbook, Part I. 1909 January-June 


    Box Folder
Text   2 8

Scrapbook, Part II. 1909 July 


    Box Folder
Text   3 1

Scrapbook, Part III. 1909 August 


    Box Folder
Text   3 2

Scrapbook, Part IV. 1909 September 


    Box Folder
Text   3 3

Scrapbook, Part V. 1909 September 


    Box Folder
Text   3 4

Scrapbook, Part VI. 1910 February    Content of this folder is very fragile. Handle with care.


    Box Folder
Text   3 5

Scrapbook, Part VII. 1911 January-February 


    Box Folder
Text   3 6

Scrapbook, Part VIII. 1911 March-May 


    Box Folder
Text   4 1

Scrapbook, Part IX. 1911 June-July 


    Box Folder
Text   4 2

Scrapbook, Part X. 1911 August 


    Box Folder
Text   4 3

Scrapbook, Part XI. 1911 September-October 


    Box Folder
Text   4 4

Scrapbook, Part XII. 1911 November-December 


    Box Folder
Text   4 5

Scrapbook, Part XIII. 1911 


    Box Folder
Text   4 6

Scrapbook, Part XIV. 1918 January-March 


    Box Folder
Text   4 7

Scrapbook, Part XV. 1918 April-July 


    Box Folder
Text   5 1

Scrapbook, Part XVI. 1918 August-October 


    Box Folder
Text   5 2

Scrapbook, Part XVII. 1918 November-December 


    Box Folder
Text   5 3

Scrapbook, Part II-III, V, and XV. 1909-1918 


    Box Folder
Text   13 2

Scrapbook, Part I-II, and XV. 1909-1918 


    Box Folder
Text   14 1

Subseries 4. Clippings Loose 

Clippings, Part I. 1860-1894 


    Box Folder
Text   5 4

Clippings, Part II. 1901-1907 


    Box Folder
Text   5 5

Clippings, Part III. 1908 


    Box Folder
Text   5 6

Clippings, Part IV. 1909 


    Box Folder
Text   5 7

Clippings, Part V. 1909 October 


    Box Folder
Text   5 8

Clippings, Part VI. 1909 December 


    Box Folder
Text   5 9

Clippings, Part VII. 1910 January-February 


    Box Folder
Text   6 1

Clippings, Part VIII. 1910 March-April 


    Box Folder
Text   6 2

Clippings, Part IX. 1910 May-June 


    Box Folder
Text   6 3

Clippings, Part X. 1910 July-August 


    Box Folder
Text   6 4

Clippings, Part XI. 1910 September 


    Box Folder
Text   6 5

Clippings, Part XII. 1910 October 


    Box Folder
Text   6 6

Clippings, Part XIII. 1910 November-December 


    Box Folder
Text   7 1

Clippings, Part XIV. 1910 


    Box Folder
Text   7 2

Clippings, Part XV. 1911 


    Box Folder
Text   7 3

Clippings, Part XVI. 1912 January-May 


    Box Folder
Text   7 4

Clippings, Part XVII. 1912 June-December 


    Box Folder
Text   7 5

Clippings, Part XVIII. 1913 January-June 


    Box Folder
Text   7 6

Clippings, Part XIX. 1913 July-September 


    Box Folder
Text   7 7

Clippings, Part XX. 1913 October-December 


    Box Folder
Text   7 8

Clippings, Part XXI. 1914 January-March 


    Box Folder
Text   8 1

Clippings, Part XXII. 1914 April-June 


    Box Folder
Text   8 2

Clippings, Part XXIII. 1914 July-September 


    Box Folder
Text   8 3

Clippings, Part XXIV. 1914 October-December 


    Box Folder
Text   8 4

Clippings, Part XXV. 1915 January-June 


    Box Folder
Text   8 5

Clippings, Part XXVI. 1915 July-December 


    Box Folder
Text   8 6

Clippings, Part XXVII. 1915 


    Box Folder
Text   8 7

Clippings, Part XXVIII. 1916 


    Box Folder
Text   8 8

Clippings, Part XXIX. 1917 January-June 


    Box Folder
Text   8 9

Clippings, Part XXX. 1917 July-September 


    Box Folder
Text   9 1

Clippings, Part XXXI. 1917 October-December 


    Box Folder
Text   9 2

Clippings, Part XXXII. 1917 


    Box Folder
Text   9 3

Clippings, Part XXXIII. 1918 January-May 


    Box Folder
Text   9 4

Clippings, Part XXXIV. 1918 June-July 


    Box Folder
Text   9 5

Clippings, Part XXXV. 1918 August-December 


    Box Folder
Text   9 6

Clippings, Part XXXVI. 1918 


    Box Folder
Text   9 7

Clippings, Part XXXVII. 1919-1920 


    Box Folder
Text   10 1

Clippings, Part XXXVIII. 1921-1922 


    Box Folder
Text   10 2

Clippings, Part XXXIX. 1923-1928 


    Box Folder
Text   10 3

Clippings, Part XL. 1929 January-April 


    Box Folder
Text   10 4

Clippings, Part XLI. 1929-1930 


    Box Folder
Text   10 5

Clippings, Part XLII. 1931-1934 


    Box Folder
Text   10 6

Clippings, Part XLIII. 1935-1953 


    Box Folder
Text   11 1

Clippings, Part XLIV. 1954-1963 


    Box Folder
Text   11 2

Clippings, Part XLV. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   11 3

Clippings, Part XLVI. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   11 4

Clippings, Part XLVII. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   11 5

Clippings, Part XLVIII. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   11 6

Clippings, Part XLIX. 1905-1908 


    Box Folder
Text   13 3

Clippings, Part L. 1909 


    Box Folder
Text   13 4

Clippings, Part LI. 1910 


    Box Folder
Text   13 5

Clippings, Part LII. 1911 


    Box Folder
Text   13 6

Clippings, Part LIII. 1908-1909 


    Box Folder
Text   14 2

Clippings, Part LIV. 1910 


    Box Folder
Text   14 3

Clippings, Part LV. 1911 January-September 


    Box Folder
Text   14 4

Clippings, Part LVI. 1912 February-November 


    Box Folder
Text   14 5

Clippings, Part LVII. 1913-1916 


    Box Folder
Text   14 6

Clippings, Part LVIII. 1912 April-July 


    Box Folder
Text   15 1

Clippings, Part LIX. 1913-1916 


    Box Folder
Text   15 2

Clippings, Part LX. 1917 


    Box Folder
Text   15 3

Clippings, Part LXI. 1918 


    Box Folder
Text   15 4

Clippings, Part LXII. 1919-1928 


    Box Folder
Text   15 5

Clippings, Part LXIII. 1929-1963 


    Box Folder
Text   15 6

Clippings, Part LXIV. 1917 January-July 


    Box Folder
Text   16 1

Clippings, Part LXV. 1917 August-October 


    Box Folder
Text   16 2

Clippings, Part LXVI. 1917 November-December 


    Box Folder
Text   16 3

Clippings, Part LXVII. 1918 January-August 


    Box Folder
Text   16 4

Clippings, Part LXVIII. 1918 September-October 


    Box Folder
Text   16 5

Clippings, Part LXIX. 1918 November-December 


    Box Folder
Text   16 6

Clippings, Part LXX. 1919-1924 


    Box Folder
Text   17 1

Clippings, Part LXXI. 1927-1928 


    Box Folder
Text   17 2

Clippings, Part LXXII. 1929-1930 


    Box Folder
Text   17 3

Clippings, Part LXXIII. 1931 


    Box Folder
Text   17 4

Clippings, Part LXXIV. 1934-1953 


    Box Folder
Text   18 1

Clippings, Part LXXV. 1955-1963 


    Box Folder
Text   18 2

Clippings, Part LXXVI. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   18 3

Clippings, Part LXXVII. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   18 4

Clippings, Part LXXVIII. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   19 1

Clippings, Part LXXIX. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   19 2

Clippings, Part LXXX. Undated 


    Box Folder
Text   19 3

Subseries 5. Clippings Covering Burrell Tibbs 

Clippings Burrell Tibbs. 1911-1965 


    Box Folder
Text   11 7

Clippings Burrell Tibbs. 1929-1953 


    Box Folder
Text   19 4

Clippings and Articles about Tibbs and Early Aviation. Undated   Articles, clippings, notes, and excerpts.


    Box Folder
Text   22 11

Subseries 6. Clippings Nonaviation Topics 

Clippings, Part I. 1911-1956 


    Box Folder
Text   12 1

Clippings, Part II. 1903-1910 


    Box Folder
Text   18 5

Clippings, Part III. 1903-1914 


    Box Folder
Text   19 5

Subseries 7. Other Formats 

Aeronautic Society. 1958 November   "An Epitome of the Work of The Aeronautic Society from July, 1908, to December, 1909." Reprint.


    Box Folder
Books   12 2

Aviation Writers Association. Undated   Brochure and title/author listing.


    Box Folder
Text   12 3

Boeing Airplane Company. 1952 October 28   Inter Office Memorandum.


    Box Folder
Text   12 4

Civil Aeronautics Board. 1956-1960   "Civil Air Regulations," "Congressional Record. Proceedings and Debates of the 86th Congress, Second Session," "General Aircraft Inspection," and "Flight Operations and Airworthiness Release No. 420."


    Box Folder
Text   12 5

The Early Birds. 1954-1957   Clippings, brochures, programs, ephemera, newsletter, and poem.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   12 6

Excerpts, Part I. Undated 


    Box Folder
Books   12 7

Excerpts, Part II. Undated 


    Box Folder
Books   12 8

National Aeronautic Association 1956 August 23   Bulletin.


    Box Folder
Books   12 9

OX 5 Club, Oklahoma. 1958-1959   Clippings, listings, and newsletters.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   12 10

Pioneer Airmail Pilot Reunion. Undated   Pamphlet.


    Box Folder
Text   12 11

Rigging Instructions. Undated   Notes.


    Box Folder
Text   12 12

Smithsonian Institute. 1955 October   "Twenty-five Significant Aircraft."


    Box Folder
Text   12 13

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Series III. Photographs 

Subseries 1. Burrell Tibbs 

Tibbs working on Home-made Aircraft. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-1-PB1 through 5BT-20-1-PB19.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 1

Tibbs Early in Life. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-2-PB1 through 5BT-20-2-PB32.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 2

Tibbs Later in Life. 1961-1964   Image number 5BT-20-3-PC1 through 5BT-20-3-PB43.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 3

Tibbs Awards. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-4-PB1 through 5BT-20-4-PB8.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 4

Tibbs Endurance Flight. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-5-PB1 through 5BT-20-5-PB2.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 5

Tibbs at Stephenville, Texas. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-6-PB1 through 5BT-20-6-PB4.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 6

Friends. 1953-1959   Image number 5BT-20-7-PB1 through 5BT-20-7-PB20.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 7

Charles F. Willard. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-8-PB1 through 5BT-20-8-PB3.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 8

Famous Aviation Personalities and Airplanes. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-9-PB1 through 5BT-20-9-PB28.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 9

Early Years in Aviation. 1959-1963   Image number 5BT-20-10-PB1 through 5BT-20-10-PB13.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 10

People. 1956 April   Image number 5BT-20-11-PB1 through 5BT-20-11-PB8.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 11

General Topics. 1929 April-August   Image number 5BT-20-12-PB1 through 5BT-20-12-PB10.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 12

Billy Parker. Undated   Image number 5BT-20-13-PB1 through 5BT-20-13-PB3.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 13

Tibbs at Boystown, Mexico. Undated   Image number 5BT-21-1-PB1.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   21 1

Subseries 2. Photo albums 

Album 1. Tibbs Flight Instruction. Undated   Image number 5BT-12-14-PB1 through 5BT-12-14-PB58, ephemera and clippings.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   12 14

Album 2. Downtown Airpark Paint Shop. Undated   Image number 5BT-12-15-PC1 through 5BT-12-15-PC106.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   12 15

Album 3. Scrapbook. 1921-1957   Image number 5BT-21-2-PB1 through 5BT-21-2-PB, clippings and ephemera.


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   21 2

Subseries 3. Events 

National Air Race. 1934   Image number 5BT-12-16-PB1 through 5BT-12-16-PB15.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   12 16

Subseries 4. Airplanes 

Cessna Aircraft Company. 1960 January 11   Image number 5BT-12-17-PB1 through 5BT-12-17-PB43, correspondence and listings.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   12 17

Cessna Aircraft Company. 1960 January 11   Image number 5BT-22-1-PB1 through 5BT-22-1-PB49.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   22 1

Racing Airplanes and Pilots. Undated   Image number 5BT-22-2-PB1 through 5BT-22-2-PB41.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   22 2

Manufacturers. 1911-1959   Image number 5BT-20-14-PC1 through 5BT-20-14-PB45.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   20 14

Manufacturers.   Image number 5BT-22-3-PB1 through 5BT-22-3-PB47.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   22 3

Tibbs-Miller Built. 1915-1932   Image number 5BT-22-4-PB1 through 5BT-22-4-PB3.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   22 4

Airplanes. Undated   Photo prints.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   23 4

Subseries 5. Negatives 

Negatives. Undated   Image number 5BT-22-5-NB1 through 5BT-22-5-NB30.


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   22 5

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Series IV. Ephemera 

Ephemera. 1929-1955   Tibbs' log book, Flyer, decal, airplane ticket, invoice, and ticket stub.


    Box Folder
Ephemera   22 6

Autograph Book. Undated 


    Box Folder
Ephemera   22 7

Photo Clippings. Undated 


    Box Folder
Ephemera   22 8

Postcards. Undated 


    Box Folder
Ephemera   22 9

Programs, Menus, and Flyer. 1952-1960 


    Box Folder
Ephemera   22 10

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Series V. Memorabilia 

Memorabilia. Undated   Sign and computer.


    Box Envelope
Realia   21 3

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Series VI. Maps 

Upper Burma. Undated   Silk Map.


    Box Folder
Maps   23 1

Maps. Undated 


    Box Folder
Maps   23 2

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Series VII. Blueprints and Technical Data 

Blueprints and Specification Standards. 1929-1944 


    Box Folder
Text   23 3

Lycoming Installation. Undated   Installation 0-235-C and 0-235-CI and CIA, Part number 63700.


    Map-case Drawer
Graphic materials   1

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