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Al Harting Collection

Identifier: H001-82

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs, clippings, articles, press kits, blueprints, articles of incorporation, bulletins, newsletters, correspondence, excerpts, booklets, brochures, narratives, press releases, biographical information, a scrapbook, proclamations, and ephemera created and/or collected by Al Harting in his career as a journalist. The Al Harting Collection is housed in one manuscript box, totaling 0.4 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition and was initially processed with only a container list as a description. Due to a change in content management systems, further description proved to be necessary. The archivist kept the original organization intact without any further arrangement. After discovery of more materials, the entire collection was reprocessed with a new arrangement and description. The archivist identified four series with the first series being the World War II Series, which contains photographs of Major General James Millikin Bevans (1899-1977) Commanding General of Army Air Forces Mediterranean, the Douglas A-20 Havoc, North American B-25 Mitchell, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft used by the 12th and 15th United States Army Air Force in World War II in Italy, people, battle damage, and aerial photographs.

The second series is the DFW/Love Field Airports Series, which contains clippings, notes, layout of the airport and runways; “Dallas Tower Dallas Love Field Pilot Bulletin” for the use of second ground control frequencies; articles of incorporation of Love Field Pilots Association, Inc.; correspondence James C. Buckley, Inc. to Honorable R. L. Thornton, Mayor and Member of the City Council regarding the offer of the City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Air Terminal, Inc. to sell to the City of Dallas parts of the Fort Worth International Airport, including the Thornton’s response to Honorable Edgar Deen, Mayor and City Council of Fort Worth; press releases regarding the historical markers and statuary concerning Love Field by Harting et al; and a booklet The Dallas Story in Air Transportation, in General Aviation, in Aerospace.

This series further contains a loose leaf scrapbook accumulated by Al Harting containing speeches, press releases, correspondence regarding burying a time capsule, proclamation regarding Love Field Re-Dedication Day, correspondence by Roy Cowan regarding time capsule and his experience as flight cadet at Love Field in 1917, address to “Miss Dallas 2017” by “Miss Dallas 1973” Becky Bloomer, address by Captain Bill Alford of Braniff in Conferring Airline Pilots Association Tops Award of the Year on Dallas Aviation Director Howard Megredy, address for 2017 by William F. Long, newsletter Skylights and a microfilm printout of Dallas Moring News from September 28, 1927.

Other materials in this series are a reporter’s working press kit containing press releases, spot announcements regarding Dallas Love Field Terminal opening, and photographs; and a narrative and correspondence regarding the first air-to-ground radio communication at Love Field.

The third series is the People Series, which is further organized into four subseries: 1. Julius E. Witzky, 2. Charles E. Rosendahl, 3. William F. Long, and 4. William D. (Billy) Parker.

Subseries 1. contains correspondence between Harting and Witzky regarding the latter’s views on the causes about the Hindenburg disaster, predictions about the crude oil supply and impact on engine fuel efficiencies, his design of the Mercedes-Benz combustion chamber, his work at the Southwest Research Institute, and Witzky coming to the United States through the Operation Paperclip Program; and article “From Zeppelin Engines to Madonnas,” San Antonio News by Roy L. Swift focusing on Witzky's life.

This subseries further contains articles by Witzky about the Verbund-Diesel engine, articles about the Mercedes Project 2000, clipping about Prof. J. Jehlicka, translation about Witzky’s paper “Das Verbund-Verbrennungsverfahren zwischen Diesel- und Ottomotor” (The Mixed Cycle) in Motortechnische Zeitschrift, photographs, clippings, biographical information, list of Witzky’s publications, travel reports, a photocopy of a postcard written by Witzky depicting the LZ129 in flight and describing his impressions; correspondence regarding Witzky’s nomination as a Fellow to the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.; narrative “Julius E. Witzky, The Philosophies of a Retired Engineer...and Woodcarver” by Jean R. Lange; correspondence between Harting and Southwest Research Institute with Harting requesting contact information about Witzky’s widow for a possible interview; and obituary. Harting collected this information to write a magazine article about Witzky, who designed and engineered the P.T. Boot Diesel 3000 hp engines used on the Hindenburg.

Subseries 2. contains a photocopy of the certificate of the Cleburne High School Wall of Fame, a biographical outline, and a synopsis of Rosendahl’s life.

Subseries 3. contains remarks about Long by L. D. (Red) Wester, Vice President of Lone Star Steel Company; correspondence from the Department of the Air Force to Walt Herrman quoting from Wiener, Willard, Two Hundred Thousand Flyers: The Story of the Civilian-AAF Pilot Training Program, Washington, the Infantry Journal; and an excerpt from the Dallas Aviation School and Air College (D.A.S.), History of Major W. F. Long, by Jane Gowdy, Publicity Agent, D.A.S.

Subseries 4. contains a biographical sketch about Willilam D. Parker.

The fourth series is the Publications Series, which contains an issue of The Stars and Stripes about the end of World War II, an article about Texas A and M University program “A and M effort to unravel Nazi fuel secret may end,” Dallas Times Herald by Andrew Pollack; an article “Airships returning in business blimp form,” Aviation Convention News by Susie Hoffy; a Lockheed brochure The Lockheed Story, Lockheed 30 Years old a look back…a look ahead; and booklet Letters from Daddy, which contains advertisement articles created by Harting.


  • 1927 - 1984
  • Majority of material found within 1945 - 1983


Language of Materials

Collection is in English and German.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Al Harting was a reporter with the Dallas Dispatch newspaper and D Magazine. He covered local crime, business, politics, and aviation for the North Texas region.


"The Rowdy Days of the Dallas Dispatch", "D Magazine," 1979. [Online] 12 April 2018.


0.4 Linear Feet ((One manuscript box).)


Al Harting was a reporter with the Dallas Dispatch newspaper and D Magazine. He covered local crime, business, politics, and aviation for the North Texas region.

Series Description

The Al Harting Collection is arranged in four series:

Series I. World War II 0.1 linear ft. (six folders), 1945.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. DFW/Love Field Airports 0.1 linear ft. (four folders), 1927-1983.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. People 0.04 linear ft. (four folders), 1975-1984.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Julius E. Witzky, 2. Charles E. Rosendahl, 3. William F. Long, and 4. William D. (Billy) Parker.

Subseries 1. Julius E. Witzky 0.01 linear ft. (one folder), 1976-1984.

Arranged by chronologically by date.

Subseries 2. Charles E. Rosendahl 0.01 linear ft. (one folder), 1983.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. William F. Long 0.01 linear ft. (one folder), 1975-1978.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 4. William D. (Billy) Parker 0.01 linear ft. (one folder), undated.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Publications 0.1 linear ft. (three folders), 1945-1981.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Al Harting Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Al Harting in multiple accessions from 1982 through 1986.

Additional Sources

Other materials on the history of Dallas Love Field airport can be found in the Braniff Collection, in Bruce Bleakley's book Dallas Aviation available in the History of Aviation stacks, and in the William F. Long Collection.


Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine 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: 5ALH-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

ALH = Al Harting Collection

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.

Note to the Researcher

Smaller photographs were placed in polypropylene sleeves, larger images were interleaved with acid-free paper. All metal fasterners were removed and exchanged with coated paperclips.


Guide to the Al Harting Collection
Thomas Allen, PhD, CA
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA 2018-04-12. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2021-11-05.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-04-17: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Thomas Allen.
  • 2021-11-05: 2nd revision was a reprocessing of the entire collection with new arrangement and description by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

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

3020 Waterview Pkwy
Suite 11.206
Richardson Texas 75080 US