Skip to main content

Erik Hildesheim Collection

Identifier: H014-78

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents, photographs, newspaper articles, early glass plate negatives, correspondence and other material depicting the earliest days of aviation with a special emphasis on World War I, Air Mail, and pioneer efforts at ballooning.


  • 1785 - 1963
  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1938

Language of Materials

Collection is in English, French, and German.

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

Erik Hildesheim was born in 1896 in Denmark. He was one of Denmark's earliest pilots. In 1929, he was hired to manage operations at Rofawerke, a German seaplane manufacturer. The Rofawerke facility was set up in Denmark to skirt the restrictions on local manufacture of aircraft placed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.

Hildesheim represented European aircraft interests in America during the 1940s, but moved back to Denmark after he retired. He was an extensive collector of aviation history, obtaining material covering the early period of aviation history (from about 1785 to the 1940s) and air mail and postal history.


Upson, Ralph H. "Aviation Notes". "Aviation", July 10, 1922.
"Erik Hildesheim Holding Files", History of Aviation Archive, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


9.2 Linear Feet (Twenty-three manuscript boxes.)


Erik Hildesheim was born in 1896 in Denmark. He was a pilot and also oversaw several different aircraft manufacturing factories. He was a collector of photography and memorabilia related to aviation history, especially World War I aviation and air mail.

Series Description

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.

Provenance Statement

The Erik Hildesheim Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Erik Hildesheim in the early 1980s.

Additional Sources

Additional information about civil aviation topics as well as correspondence about Erik Hildesheim can be found in the Ed Rice Collection. More about the aircraft and activities of The Central Powers during World War I, can be located in the Ed Ferko Collection.

Books and Magazines

The books/magazines in this collection have been separated from the main collection and incorporated in the HAC Monograph/Magazine Stacks.

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: 5EHC-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

EHC = Erik Hildesheim 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 Researcher

Materials are in good condition. The glass plate negatives in the collection are extremely fragile and care must be taken in their use. Please consult Special Collection staff about viewing these materials.
Guide to the Erik Hildesheim Collection, 1896-
Thomas Allen, PhD
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA. 2018-04-30

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
972-883-4590 (Fax)