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Royal W. B. Cowan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: F008-81

Scope and Content

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.

Dates

  • 1918 - 1956
  • Majority of material found within 1918 - 1956

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

Royal W.B. Cowan was born in 1898 in New York, NY. He arrived in Dallas, Texas to undergo United States Army Air Service Training at Love Field in 1916. He served with distinction in the First World War, earning a Silver Star for action with the 24th Aero Squadron. He founded the Southwest Printing Company, and passed away in Dallas on May 8th, 1989.

Sources

Source
Findagrave, "Royal W.B. Cowan." [Online 25 May 2018]. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71579179/royal-w._b.-cowan

Extent

1.6 Linear Feet ((Four manuscript boxes, one non-standard box).)

Abstract

Royal W.B. Cowan was born in 1898 in New York, NY. He arrived in Dallas, Texas to undergo United States Army Air Service Training at Love Field in 1916. He served with distinction in the First World War, earning a Silver Star for action with the 24th Aero Squadron. He founded the Southwest Printing Company, and passed away in Dallas on May 8th, 1989.

Series Description

This collection contains photographs, documents, record and material related to Royal W.B. Cowan's career as a fighter pilot in the First World War as well information on the development of radar.

Provenance Statement

The Royal W.B. Cowan Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Royal W.B. Cowan and Ford Creed in multiple accessions from 1981 through 1989.

Additional Sources

More information about American fighter pilot's actions during the First World War can be found in the George H. Williams, Jr. Collection, Frank W. Bailey Collection, and the St. Martin Photograph 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: 4RWC-1-1-PC1

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

RWC = Royal W.B. Cowan 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.
Title
Guide to the Lt. Col. Royal W. B. Cowan Collection, 1898-1989
Status
Completed
Author
Thomas Allen, PhD, CA
Date
2018-05-25
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 Thomas Allen, PhD, CA. 2018-05-25.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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