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Douglas Lester Collection

Identifier: H067-94

Scope and Content

This collection contains books and magazines, audio tapes used in training to operate an American Airlines Boeing 707 Aircraft, images, and ephemera.

The collection arrived in poor 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.


  • Creation: 1939 - 1991
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1967 - 1987


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

At the time this finding aid was reviewed, no biographical information was available.


0.2 Linear Feet ((One half-size manuscript box).)


This collection contains books and magazines, audio tapes, images, and ephemera.

Series Description

The archivist organized the images by size.

Provenance Statement

The Douglas and Mildred Lester Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Douglas and Mildred Lester in multiple accessions from 1994 through 1996.

Additional Sources

Additional information about flight training and operation of American Airlines aircraft can be found in the Al K. Hall, Jr. Collection, Raymond Willard Hayes Collection, and Maurice M. Kay, Sr. Collection.


Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine 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: 5DML-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives

DML= Douglas and Mildred Lester 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.


Guide to the Douglas Lester 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. 2018-06-12. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2018-12-20. Third revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-12-01.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-06-12: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA.
  • 2018-12-20: 2nd revision was an integration of the Mildred Lester Collection into the existing Douglas Lester Collection, since both collections stem from the same source, by Patrizia Nava, CA.
  • 2020-12-01: 3rd revision was an update of the collection name by Patrizia Nava, CA.

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