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John J. Hospers Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CV016-79

Scope and Content

This collection contains personal reports, expense statements, financial statements, business reports, telegrams, memoranda, newspaper articles, press releases, publicity documents, Chance Vought contracts, personal correspondence, Chance Vought business correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and notebooks that were created and/or collected by Hospers during his career with Chance Vought. The John J. Hospers Papers are housed in thirty-three boxes of various sizes totaling 14.0 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition. The processing archivist identified seven series with the first series being the John J. Hospers Personal Papers Series, which includes biographies, resumes, awards and recognitions, personal reports and expense statements, and documents related to his civic involvement and hobbies.

The second series is the Chance Vought Corporation Series, which houses information about Chance Vought, and its predecessor and successor companies and is further organized into twelve subseries: 1. Chance Vought History, 2. Chance Vought Financial Information, 3. Chance Vought Employee Information, 4. Chance Vought Communications, 5. Chance Vought Public Relations and Publicity, 6. Chance Vought Reports, 7. John J. Hospers Chance Vought Inspection Trips, 8. Chance Vought Facilities, 9. Chance Vought’s Move to Dallas/Grand Prairie, 10. Chance Vought Aircraft, 11. Chance Vought Production Contracts, and 12. Chance Vought and the United States Navy.

Subseries 1. includes a number of historical sketches and articles detailing the history of Chance Vought.

Subseries 2. contains financial reports, order charts, invoices, expense reports, and other material connected with the financial activities of Chance Vought and its predecessor and successor companies.

Subseries 3. houses payroll lists, corporate rosters, employee policies and procedures, and other material about those who worked for Chance Vought.

Subseries 4. includes telegrams, memoranda, notes and other types of communications issued by Chance Vought.

Subseries 5. contains newspaper articles, press releases, brochures, advertisements, and other material publicizing Chance Vought.

Subseries 6. houses inspection reports, trip reports, reports on business processes, and other reports generated by Chance Vought or its employees.

Subseries 7. includes John J, Hospers’ report on inspection trips of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Aviation Groups in the Korean War, and French Naval Aviation squadrons in France and Tunisia.

Subseries 8. contains documents detailing Chance Vought facilities in Stratford, CT and Grand Prairie, TX.

Subseries 9. houses reports, procedures, Texas familiarization materials, and instructions regarding Chance Vought’s move from Connecticut to Texas.

Subseries 10. includes specifications, reports, and descriptions of aircraft manufactured by Chance Vought.

Subseries 11. contains productions contact between Chance Vought and the United States Military.

Subseries 12. includes contracts, requests for proposals, inspection reports, questions, and statements by the United States Navy on Chance Vought aircraft and operations.

The third series is the Correspondence Series, which is further organized into three subseries: 1. John J. Hospers Personal Correspondence, 2. Chance Vought Correspondence, and 3. Other Business Correspondence.

Subseries 1. contains personal correspondence to and from John J. Hospers.

Subseries 2 houses business correspondence to and from Chance Vought.

Subseries 3. includes correspondence with other aviation companies and government agencies.

The fourth series is the Non-Chance Vought Material Series, features letters, fliers, newsletters, articles, and other information about things that interest John J. Hospers, but do not relate to Chance Vought.

The fifth series is the Photographs Series, which includes photographs of Chance Vought people, places, and aircraft; United States Naval operation in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam; and activities involving John J. Hospers.

The sixth series is the John J. Hospers Notebooks Series, which consists of notebooks kept by John J. Hospers documenting his daily activities at Chance Vought.

The seventh series is the Oversize Items Series, which includes John J. Hospers nameplates, reel to reel audio tapes, two decks of playing cards, a scrapbook from the USS Ranger, and several posters and images too large for a box in any other part of the collection.

Dates

  • 1928 - 1989
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1962

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

John J. ("J.J. or Jack") Hospers was born on October 5, 1901 in Ommen, the Netherlands. After growing up in Holland, he and his family immigrated to America in his teenage years. Hospers attended the college at the Graduate Aviation Engineering School in New York City. In 1922, he joined the Merchant Marine and served cruises on several ships as an able seaman, quartermaster, and watch officer until 1926. After leaving the Merchant Marine, Hospers briefly worked at a flying school in New York, before joining the United Aircraft Corporation.

From 1928 until 1940, Hospers served as a field representative for Chance Vought and Sikorsky aviation divisions of the United Aircraft Corporation. In 1940, he was made assistant factory manager of the Chance Vought facility in Stratford Connecticut. From 1943 until 1945, he served as the field manager for Chance Vought, and from 1945 until 1951 managed the sales division of Chance Vought as well as serving as a Vice President of the Untied Aircraft Corporation. It was during this period that Hospers oversaw the move of Chance Vought’s operations from Stratford, Connecticut to Grand Prairie, Texas. In 1951, Hospers was made Assistant General Manager of Chance Vought Aircraft Division and subsequently Special Assistant to the President of Chance Vought and Special Assistant to the President of Ling Temco-Vought, Inc.

Hospers served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, serving as a pilot of aircraft aboard several aircraft carriers in the Pacific theater. During the Korean War, Hospers was also sent on an inspection of marine aviation operations in Task Force 77 and the First Marine Air Wing. Hospers was also sent to inspect French Naval Air Squadrons in France and Tunisia in 1953. After his service, Hospers remained active with the Navy League of the United States for the rest of his life.

After Chance Vought moved to the DFW area, Hospers became an active member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, winning the Top Wrangler award from the Chamber in 1961, 1962, and 1963. Over ten years, Hospers recruited 1,500 members into the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. He was also active with the Dallas Grand Jury Association, a member of the Texas Aeronautics Commission Advisory Council, and served as the Director of the Dallas Health and Science Museum and the Caruth Rehabilitation Center.

Hospers married Sally Ann Kata of Oswego, New York. They had one daughter.

Sources

Source
"John J. Hospers Papers," John J. Hospers Vita, Folder 1, Box 1, Series I, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

14.0 Linear Feet (Twenty-six manuscript boxes, two half-size manuscript boxes, two photo print boxes (5.5x7.5x12.0), and one non-standard box (22.25x15.0x2.0).)

Abstract

John J. Hospers was a field manager, evaluator, and test engineer with Chance Vought and Sikorsky Aircraft. He also served in the United States Merchant Marine.

Series Description

The John J. Hospers Papers are arranged into seven series:

Series I. John J. Hospers Personal Papers 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1940-1962.

This series is arranged chronologically.

Series II. Chance Vought Corporation 6.0 linear ft. (fourteen manuscript boxes and two half-size manuscript boxes), 1933-1962.

This series is arranged into twelve subseries: 1. Chance Vought History, 2. Chance Vought Financial Information, 3. Chance Vought Employee Information, 4. Chance Vought Communications, 5. Chance Vought Public Relations and Publicity, 6. Chance Vought Reports, 7. John J. Hospers Chance Vought Inspection Trips, 8. Chance Vought Facilities, 9. Chance Vought’s Move to Dallas/Grand Prairie, 10. Chance Vought Aircraft, 11. Chance Vought Production Contracts, and 12. Chance Vought and the United States Navy.

Subseries 1. Chance Vought History 0.2 linear ft. (one half-size manuscript box), 1930–1971.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 2. Chance Vought Financial Information 0.8 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes), 1922-1949.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 3. Chance Vought Employee Information 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1942-1970.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 4. Chance Vought Communications 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1941-1951.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 5. Chance Vought Public Relations and Publicity 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1929-1953.

Arranged chronologically, by item type.

Subseries 6. Chance Vought Reports 1.2 linear ft. (three manuscript boxes), 1933-1974.

Arranged by type of report, then chronologically.

Subseries 7. John J. Hospers Chance Vought Inspection Trips 0.4 linear ft. (One manuscript box), 1948-1955.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 8. Chance Vought Facilities 0.2 linear ft. (one half-size manuscript box), 1939-1948.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 9. Chance Vought’s Move to Dallas/Grand Prairie 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1943-1948.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 10. Chance Vought Aircraft 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1933-1953.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 11. Chance Vought Production Contracts 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1942-1948.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 12. Chance Vought and the United States Navy 1.2 linear ft. (three manuscript boxes), 1930-1941.

Arranged chronologically.

Series III. Correspondence 2.8 linear ft. (seven manuscript boxes), 1932-1964.

Arranged into three subseries: 1. John J. Hospers Personal Correspondence, 2. Chance Vought Correspondence, and 3. Other Business Correspondence.

Subseries 1. John J. Hospers Personal Correspondence 0.8 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes), 1932-1964.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 2. Chance Vought Correspondence 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1933-1947.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 3. Other Business Correspondence 1.6 linear ft. (four manuscript boxes), 1934-1947.

Arranged alphabetically.

Series IV. Non-Chance Vought Material 0.8 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes), 1934-1989.

This series is arranged topically.

Series V. Photographs 0.8 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes), 1933-1969.

This series is arranged topically.

Series VI. John J. Hospers Notebooks 1.4 linear ft. (two photo print boxes), 1927-1951.

This series is arranged chronologically.

Series VII. Oversize Items 1.8 linear ft. (one non-standard box), 1945-1967.

This series is arranged tropically.

Provenance Statement

The John J. Hospers Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections Divison, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by the John J. Hospers and the Vought Aircraft Heritage foundation in multiple accessions ranging from 1979 through 2008.

Additional Sources

The History of Aviation Archives contain additional information about Chance Vought and its predecessor and successor companies. More information can be obtained from the J. Russell Clark Papers and the Vought Aircraft Company Collection (VACC. More detailed information about the aircraft produced by Chance Vought can be found in the Manufacturer Files. Consult the finding aids for these collections for more information.

Books/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: 13JJH-1-1-PC1

13 = Chance Vought Archives

JJH = John J. Hospers Papers

= 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.
Title
Guide to the John J. Hospers Collection, 1901-
Status
Completed
Author
Thomas J. Allen, PhD, CA
Date
2008-11-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English
Edition statement
First Revision by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA. 2018-05-25.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-05-25: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA.

Repository Details

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

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