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Gayle L. Morrison Collection

Identifier: CA034-95

Scope and Content

This collection contains 16 mm reel-to-reel film, VHS tapes, Betacam tapes, audio cassette tapes, note documents, ephemera, photographs, correspondence, flyers, and clippings that were created and/or collected by Gayle L. Morrison during her research as an author and conducting oral histories. The Gayle L. Morrison Collection is housed in two boxes of various sizes and four film canisters totaling 2.2 linear ft.

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. During an assessment for an application for an NEH grant, the collection was identified for further processing and description. The processing archivist identified five series with the first series being the Hmong People Series, which is further organized into three subseries: 1. Reel-to-reel, 2. VHS tapes, 3. Betacam tapes.

Subseries 1. contains unidentified reel-to-reel tapes about the Hmong people and their daily life in Laos, as well as in America (where many were evacuated to at the end of The Vietnam War).

Subseries 2. contains unidentified VHS tapes about the Hmong people and their daily life in Laos, as well as in America (where many were evacuated to at the end of The Vietnam War).

Subseries 3. contains unidentified Betacam tapes about the Hmong people and their daily life in Laos, as well as in America (where many were evacuated to at the end of The Vietnam War).

The second series is the Dave Kouba Series, which contains audio cassette tapes featuring recordings with the following titles: Secret War in Laos, NBC TV broadcast, 1982; Papa Delta Golf song, Monologue Humor, Interview with Capt. Joe McCoy, 1973; Letter to Dave from Australian ag [sic] Pilot Keith, 1973; Pilots' Radio Chatter, Crash of Delta Gold Who's Where, etc., 1973; Vientiane Laos Coup, by Dave Kouba, 1973; Various stories, Andre, Royal Lao Air pilot, 1974; Who's Where, Strike Against Continental Air, Dave Inflight, circa 1974; Pilots' Radio Chatter, Fatal Crash of Paul Birch, Continental Services, Inc. (CASI), Approximately 1972-1973; DZ Club, Last Pilots in Laos and Cambodia, Saigon Evacuation, circa 1975; Pilots' Radio Chatter, 1975; Vientiane, Laos, Conversation US Exodus, Last Flights Out of Laos, 1975; Bangkok, Thailand, Stories Last Days and Evacuation out of Saigon, Savannakhét, Laos, 1975; Dinner Party in Los Angeles, CA with CASI pilots Dave Kouba Recollections of Other Members, Job Openings, 1975; Interview with USAF Major Taylor about Lao pilots, undated; Vientiane (VTE) Coup and a Plane on a Bombing Run, 1973; Audio Letter to Lois and Dick Weaver, August 1973; Unedited Tape of the Coup in VTE, Laos 1973 and Discussions Held at Dave Kouba’s Home, 1973; Pilot Chatter of a Laos crash by Pilot Andre with Fatalities, February 1975; New No Fly Restrictions and Planes to Return in June 1975, Undated; Telephone Diary, Undated; CASI “Lay-off day“ and Kouba is the last pilot in Laos, June 1975; discussion regarding a plaque for missing in action (MIA) and killed in action (KIA) air personell (CASI) in Laos, VTE, March 1976; Clark and Joe on Slope Checkpoint, undated ; taped letter from former CASI pilot Weaver to current CASI pilot Dave Kouba discussing pilots stateside and plans for the future, December 1974; "Weird" Neil Olsen story of the evacuation of Phnom Pemh, Cambodia, April 1975; Papa, Delta, Golf “R.A.P.E.“ policy, rotary mower, and a poem “My Co-Pilot“, undated.; Ground School Instruction, undated; and Pilot Chatter between Dave Kouba and Neil Hansen, May 1975;

The third series is the Photograph Series, which contains a image of Major General Vang Pao speaking behind a lectern while in the United States. The image has been autographed by Vang Pao and dedicated to Captain Al Rich; and a statement from Gayle L. Morrison is associated with this photograph describing the provenance.

The fourth series is the Correspondence Series, which contains correspondence between Gayle L. Morrison to Larry Sall describing an accompanying article from the Bangkok Post covering the growth of the civil aviation industry in Vietnam and a flyer promoting Morrison’s newly published book, Sky Is Falling.

The fifth series is the Emphemera Series, which contains trading cards from the Commemorative Air Force of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain That’s All, Brother, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress Fifi, and a North American P-51 Mustang Gunfighter.


  • 1973 - 1998
  • Majority of material found within 1973 - 1976


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

Gayle L. Morrison is an academic scholar who has worked with the Hmong community since 1977 within the fields of education, refugee services, and private enterprise. The Hmong people were valuable allies to the American forces fighting throughout Laos during the Vietnam War and are connected to the history of the Air America, Inc. operations. Morrison’s knowledge and expertise working with the Hmong people granted her the ability to serve as a researcher, writer, and oral historian. Her first book, Sky is Falling: An Oral History of the CIA’s Evacuation of the Hmong from Laos was published in 1999. Gayle L. Morrison was a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) in 2003-2004.


“Gayle L. Morrison,” “Texas Tech University,” Texas Tech University Press. accessed online, May 12, 2023.


2.2 Linear Feet (Four Audio/Film Canister (7 1/2 x1), one betacam box (11.0x15.5x6.6), and one audio cassette storage box (12.5x9.0x3.0).)


Gayle L. Morrison is a scholar and academic whose research subjects include the Hmong people of Laos. The Hmong were important allies of the American forces fighting in Laos during the Vietnam War, and were connected to Air America, Inc. operations.

Series Description

The Gayle L. Morrison Collection is arranged in five series:

Series I. Hmong People 0.9 linear ft. (one Betacam box), Undated.

Arranged into three subseries: 1. Reel-to-reel, 2. VHS tapes, and 3. Betacam tapes.

Subseries 1. Reel-to-reel 2.5 linear ft. (four film canisters), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. VHS tapes 0.87 linear ft. (three VHS tapes), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Betacam tapes 0.2 linear ft. (two Betacam tapes), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Dave Kouba 1.0 linear ft. (one audio cassette storage box), 1973-1976.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Photographs 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1980-1998.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Correspondence 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1994-1998.

Arranged by topic.

Series V. Ephemera 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Gayle L. Morrison Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Gayle L. Morrison in multiple accessions from 1995 through 2022.

Existence and Location of Copies

The betacam tapes in Series I, Subseries 3. have been digitized.

Additional Sources

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

CAT/Air America Archives and David H. Kouba Collection

The collection also contains copies of Morrison's books: Hog's Exit: Jerry Daniels, the Hmong, and the CIA and Sky is Falling: An Oral History of The CIA's Evacuation of The Hmong from Laos are available through the HAC library.


Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and 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

01 = CAT/Air American Archives

02 = Doolittle Archives

03 = Lighter than Air Archives

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

05 = History of Aviation Archives

06 = University Archives

07 = HAC Stacks

08 = WPRL Stacks

09 = 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: 01GLM-B01-F01-PB001

01 = CAT/Air American Archives

GLM = Gayle L. Morrison Collection

B01 = Box Number

F01 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

001 = 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

Photographs have been interleafed with acid-free paper, the trading cards were placed in polypropylene sleeves, and reel-to-reel films and the audio cassette tapes were rehoused into archive safe containers.

Material Removed List

0.1 linear ft. of duplicate flyer and trading cards were deaccessioned from this colleciton and sent to surplus.

Guide to the Gayle L. Morrison 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. Second revision by Jacob Pritsker, HAC LA III

Revision Statements

  • 2018-06-05: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA.
  • 2023-05-11: 2nd revision was an incorporation of additional accession, and a reprocessing of the entire collection with new arrangement and description by Jacob Pritsker, HAC LA III.

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