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Fred E. Anderson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CA128-86

Scope and Content

The Fred E. Anderson Collection includes material used by Fred E. Anderson in the operation of fixed wing aircraft, both with Air America and other companies. This material consists of flight data, charts, operations manuals, forms, training material, navigational aids, and his personal logbooks. The Fred E. Anderson Collection is housed in four manuscript boxes and one nonstandard box totaling 2.5 linear feet.

The collection arrived in good condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary. At a later point subsequent accessions were incorporated into the existing collection, which was reprocessed with a new arrangement.

The archivist identified five series with the first series being the Biographical Material Series which is further organized into seven subseries: 1. Memory Book, 2. ID Cards and Permits, 3. Ephemera, 4. Pilot Logs, 5. Bell Helicopter Directory, 6. Civil Air Transport (CAT), and 7. Air America.

Subseries 1. consists of a collection of final memoirs by Fred E. Anderson spanning ten years of service with Air America. The memory book, dated 1965-1975, includes photographs, work correspondence sent to and/or about Anderson, newspaper clippings, identification cards, and various forms of currency.

Subseries 2. consists of personal identification cards and driving permits issued in Vietnam.

Subseries 3. consists of a membership flyer containing information about Turtles International, Inc. and a officers’ mess menu from 1945.

Subseries 4. consists of detailed Pilot’s Logs spanning thirteen years of flying with Air America.

Subseries 5. consists of a 1978 Bell Helicopter International Iran employee directory.

Subseries 6. consists of Civil Air Transport (CAT) organizational newsletters, American Legion Newsletters with markings by Mr. Anderson, American Memorial correspondence, and a letter written by Sue Hacker about CAT personnel killed in the line of duty.

Subseries 7. consists of Air America Club and Log newsletters, performance reviews and flight check records for Mr. Anderson, flight operations circulars, Air Pacific International Air Taxi forms, Office of Civil Operations and USAID flight schedule, and a numerical listing of airfields by V-number.



The second series is the Publications Series that includes Anderson’s collection of commerative publications, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, Air Pacific International flight and procedural manuals, flight instructor reference material, and a flight operational manual by Dolphin Aviation. This series is subdivided in three subseries: 1. Books, 2. Clippings, and 3. Manuals.

Subseries 1. contains commerative publications including: a historical reflection of the first fifty years of Pan Am, Penscola Navy history, the Turbo-Commuter, and Saipan. The book How We Invented the Airplane by Orville Wright is also located within this series.

Subseries 2. includes magazine articles and newspaper clippings on the war in Southeast Asia, collected between 1981 and 1997. The articles reflect on the events that took place during the war as well as the immediate and long-term post-war effects.

Subseries 3. contains manuals related to Air Pacific International procedural training and aircraft. The subseries also consists of a pilot examiner’s manual, flight manuals, a flight guide for model C-46 and a directed study program for model C-47.



The third series is the Photograph Series. These photographs include photographs related to Fred Anderson’s time with Air America, Inc. The series contains eight images and depicts various types of aircraft, a few pictures of Anderson himself and Air America workers.

The fourth series is the Navigational Aids Series which is further organized into two subseries: 1. Maps and 2. Artifacts. This series includes flight information maps, terminal information, and an undated navigational computer and ruler.

Subseries 1. contains a Laos Air Facility data pamphlet, information on the Saigon terminal arrival and departure routes from 1971 and three Pacific and South Asia flight information maps.

Subseries 2. includes a Jeppesen E6B-2A navigational computer with original casing and a twelve inch acrylic contruction navigational ruler.

The fifth series is the Artifacts and Memorabilia Series that includes various items from Anderson’s flight career. This series is subdivided in three subseries: 1. Portrait, 2. Nameplate, and 3. Uniform Regalia.

Subseries 1. contains a (26.0 x 29.0 x 3.0) framed portrait of Fred E. Anderson.

Subseries 2. includes a (12” x 3”) blue and white acrylic Air America Inc. nameplate for Mr. Anderson.

Subseries 3. contains a (4” x 2”) gold cherub hat badge pin and two sets of black and gold captain’s epaulets worn by Civil Air Transport pilots.

Dates

  • 1950 - 1997
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1983

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

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 and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Fred E. Anderson was a pilot of fixed-wing aircraft for Air America. After the shutdown of Air America, he flew for several other charter services, cargo airlines, and air taxi services. He also worked as a flight instructor.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (Four manuscript boxes and one nonstandard box (12x9.5x3).)

Abstract

Fred E. Anderson was a pilot of fixed-wing aircraft for Air America. After the shutdown of Air America, he flew for several other charter services, cargo airlines, and air taxi services. He also worked as a flight instructor. The Fred E. Anderson Collection consists of loose material in folders.

Series Description

The Fred E. Anderson Collection is organized in five series:

Series I. Biographical Material 2.5 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes and four folders), 1962-1996.

Arranged in eight subseries: 1. Memory Book, 2. ID Cards and Permits, 3. Ephemera, 4. Pilot Logs, 5. Bell Helicopter Directory, 6. Civil Air Transport (CAT), and 7. Air America.

Subseries 1. Memory Book 0.2 linear ft. (three folders), 1965-1975.

Arranged in original order.

Subseries 2. ID Cards and Permits 0.05 linear ft. (one folder), 1970-1975.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Ephemera 0.05 linear ft. (one folder), Undated.

Arranged in original order.

Subseries 4. Pilot Logs 0.5 linear ft. (six folders), 1962-1983.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 5. Bell Helicopter Directory 0.05 linear ft. (one folder), 1978.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 6. Civil Air Transport (CAT) 0.05 linear ft. (one folder), 1977-1996.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 7. Air America 0.2 linear ft. (five folders), 1962-1991.

Arranged by topic.



Series II. Publications 0.5 linear ft. (seven folders), 1950-1997.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. Books, 2. Clippings, and 3. Manuals.

Subseries 1. Books 0.08 linear ft. (one folder), 1975-1988.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Clippings 0.04 linear ft. (one folder), 1981-1997.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 3. Manuals 0.4 linear ft. (five folders), 1950-1979.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Photographs 0.8 linear ft. (one folder), Undated.

Arranged by size.

Series IV. Navigational Aids 0.3 linear ft. (one folder and two items), 1968-1975.

Arranged by topic.



Subseries 1. Maps 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1975.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 2. Artifacts 0.2 linear ft. (two items), Undated.

Arranged by topic.



Series V. Artifacts and Memorabilia 3.7 linear ft. (two envelopes and two items), Undated.

Arranged by topic.



Subseries 1. Portrait 2.2 linear ft. (one item), Undated.

Arranged by topic.



Subseries 2. Nameplate 1.0 linear ft. (one item), Undated.

Arranged by topic.



Subseries 2. Uniform Regalia 0.5 linear ft. (two envelopes), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Fred E. Anderson Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Lang T. Anderson in August 2004.

Additional Sources

Additional information about this topic can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following Collections:

CAT/Air America Collection

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, series, 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: 1FEA-1-1-PC1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

FEA = Fred E. Anderson Collection

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

C = Color

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.

Note to the Researcher

The materials in this collection are in fair condition. Images have been rehoused in polypropylene sleeves. Documents were attached with staples, which were removed and the documents were copied on acid-free paper as needed.and/or preserved within

Materials Removed List

0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box) of duplicate materials, Air America Logs newsletters, 3 ring binder, note pads, and images.
Title
Guide to the Fred E. Anderson Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Thomas J. Allen, PhD.
Date
2004-11-24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Cassandra Zawojek, 2018-03-29. Second revision by Tiffany Pourbahrami, 2019-10-29.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-03-29: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Cassandra Zawojek.
  • 2019-10-29: 2nd revision was a reprocessing of the collection by Tiffany Pourbahrami.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

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