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Lewis H. Maxwell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CA022-94

Scope and Content

This collection contains military records, private papers, notes, aircraft data, flight log books and records, photographs, and newsletters, and Air America employee records that were created and/or collected by Lewis H. Maxwell during his military career with the United States Army Air Corps and the Air America, Inc. company. The Lewis H. Maxwell Papers are housed in three boxes of varying sizes totaling 12.45 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fair 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. Later, the collection was reprocessed with a new arrangement. The archivist identified four series, with the first series being the Personal Documents Series, which is further organized into two subseries: 1. United States Army Air Forces and 2. Loss of License Insurance.

Subseries 1. includes Maxwell’s flight charts during his training and career with the United State Army Air Forces.

Subseries 2. contains correspondence between Maxwell and J. H. Minet and Co. Ltd. and Toplis and Harding regarding his payment of benefits.

The second series is the Air America/Air Asia Series, which is further organized into two subseries: 1. Air America and 2. Air Asia.

Subseries 1. encloses issues of the Air America Log; De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter illustrated parts catalog including troop seat arrangements; Flight Operation Schedule for Udorn, Thailand; travel notifications; memoranda regarding personal effects; aircrew members listings including Flight Engineers and Flight Navigators in Seniority Sequence; contract codes numbers for AFL’s; pilot’s flight log and flight records; Air Facilities Data Thailand and Air Facilities Data Laos pamphlets; and flight computers.

Subseries 2. Comprises business correspondence between Maxwell and the Air Asia Company Ltd. regarding his employment and travel to Japan.

The third series is the Photographs Series with black and white images depicting various Air America aircraft (DHC-6 Twin Otter, Sikorsky H-34 helicopter, and Helio Courier), people, landscapes, aircraft accidents, various Lima Sites, and reconnaissance imagery. One of the images, 1LHM-2-2-PB59, depict from left to right: John Ripple, Fred Walker, Lewis H. Maxwell, John Vaughn, Kenneth Weber, R. L. Wilson, Clarence Osborne, Harry Miller, Edward Staricha, Dennis Cain, Grant Walters, Don Whittaker, Sy Harris, Don Westfall, and Robert Carroll.

The fourth series is the Maps Series, which includes FIC VTE maps covering Lima Sites in Laos, a topographical map of Muang Kat, Laos, Joint Operations Graphic-Air charts, Tactical Pilotage Charts, USAF Pilotage Charts, and Aeronautical Charts. The Joint Operations Graphic-Air, the USAF Pilotage, and the Aeronautical charts contain markings and notes made by Maxwell.

Dates

  • 1968 - 1975
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1971

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

Lewis H. Maxwell was born on January 19, 1924. He was a fixed wing pilot with Air America and Air Asia stationed in Udorn, Thailand vom August 3, 1965 through January 6, 1975, when he separated from the company.

Sources

Source
Jerry Fink Collection, Air America Roster, Folder 1, Box 32, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
Lewis H. Maxwell Papers, Pilot Individual Flight Record, Folder 2, Box 1, Series I., Subseries 1., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
Lewis H. Maxwell Papers, Employment Correspondence, Folder 6, Box 1, Series II., Subseries 1., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

12.45 Linear Feet ((One manuscript box, and two non-standard boxes (14.5x11.5x3.0).) )

Abstract

Lewis H. Maxwell was a fixed wing pilot with Air America and Air Asia stationed in Udorn, Thailand vom August 3, 1965 through January 6, 1975, when he separated from the company.

Series Description

The Lewis H. Maxwell Papers are arranged in four series:

Series I. Personal Documents 0.13 linear ft. (three folders), 1943-1975.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. United States Army Air Forces and 2. Loss of License Insurance

Subseries 1. United States Army Air Forces 0.1 linear ft. (two folders), 1943-1965.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 2. Loss of License Insurance 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1975-07.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Air America/Air Asia 1.66 linear ft. (eight folders and one oversize folder), 1965-1974.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. Air America and 2. Air Asia

Subseries 1. Air America 1.56 linear ft. (seven folders and one oversize folder), 1965-1974.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 2. Air Asia 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1965-07.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Photographs 1.2 linear ft. (one oversize folder), 1970-1973.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Maps 7.6 linear ft. (one non-standard box and four oversize folders), 1962-1972.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Lewis H. Maxwell Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Lewis H. Maxwell on 1994-06-27.

Additional Sources

Additional information can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following collections:

CAT/Air America Archives.

ImageID

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: 1LHM-1-1-PB1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

LHM = Lewis H. Maxwell Collection

= Series Number

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

Rusted staples were removed and exchanged with coated paperclips. Sensitive personal information was redacted and the original removed to a secure location for staff view only. The maps in Box 3 are loose-leaf sections glued together by Maxwell. Because of that, they could not be housed in folders. Handle with care. Ask curator for assistance to view these items.

Material Removed List

0.1 linear ft. of duplicate photographs are being de-accessioned.
Title
Guide to the Lewis H. Maxwell Papers, 1924-
Status
Completed
Author
Thomas Allen, PhD, CA.
Date
2018-05-31
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA

Repository Details

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

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