History of Aviation Archives

The History of Aviation Archives is the largest section of the Special Collections Division, consisting of a world-class aeronautical archives and library.


The CAT/Air America Archives

The History of Aviation Archives is the official repository for Civil Air Transport (CAT) and Air America. The archives have considerable material about the operations of both airlines. The collection also includes a memorial commemorating the personnel who gave their lives while serving with CAT and Air America. Additional information on the CAT Association and the Air America Association can be found here along with a guide to the collections.

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The Chance Vought Archives

The History of Aviation Archives has material on the history of LTV/Chance Vought from its origins to the 1980s. LTV/Chance Vought played an important part in the development of the aerospace industry in Texas. The History of Aviation Archives has a small online exhibit of historic LTV/Chance Vought photographs.

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General Aviation Collections

The General Aviation Collection covers all aspects of aviation not included in one of the major collections. It holds several hundred individual collections ranging from aviation pioneer Ormer Locklear to Braniff International.

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The George H. Williams, Jr. World War I Aviation Library

World War I materials located in the History of Aviation Archives range from squadron lists and combat reports to pictures of pilots and their aircraft. The collection is primarily composed of the collections of Ed Ferko and George H. Williams, Jr., but several other smaller collections are present as well.

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The James H. Doolittle Collection

The History of Aviation Archives is home to the personal papers of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle. In addition to documents, photographs, and books, several of General Doolittle’s personal effects are on display including his Medal of Honor.

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Twirly Birds

In 2010, The Twirly Birds established an endowment, and declared the University of Texas at Dallas History of Aviation Archives their official repository.

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The Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl Lighter-Than-Air Collection

This collection is primarily the papers of Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl, who was in charge of the United States Navy’s Airship program. It also contains several smaller collections as well. From blimps to zeppelins, the collection includes detailed information on lighter-than-air transport.

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The Air-Log

The Air-Log is the newsletter of The History of Aviation Archives. Published quarterly, the Air-Log provides news about developments at the HAC and previews of upcoming lectures and programs. The current issue, as well as all back issues of the Air-Log are available in .pdf format for download.

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Ambassador Sullivan Book Collection

Born Oct. 12, 1922 in Rhode Island, William Healy Sullivan served as an ambassador to Laos from 1964 – 1969, the Philippines from 1973 – 1977, and Iran from 1977 – 1979. The collection reflects his tenure as ambassador of the United States in those countries.

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Jalonick Lecture Series

The George W. Jalon ick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture Seri es was established to inform and enlighten the public about the history of night by bringing aviation notables to the Dallas community. Dorothy and George Jalonick III were special friends of The University of Texas at Dallas and the History of Aviation Collection (HAC). The is series was endowed in their memory by the late George W. Jalonick IV and friends of the Jalonick family.

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For more information,contact the Curator of Aviation Archives, Patrizia Nava, CA.

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