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Lawrence C. Elliott Collection

Identifier: H002-64

Scope and Content

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.

The collection mainly consists of correspondence and records generated by, for and about Elliott’s position as a Federal Aeronautical Administrator. Elliott’s career spans the genesis of the Federal Aviation Agency, from the Bureau of lighthouses through the Civil Aeronautics Administration to the FAA in the 1960’s. The collection includes a Department of Commerce Survey (1931) about air service between the Puget Sound and Minneapolis-St. Paul, an official memorandum (1936) to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and an official report on tests conducted on Agricultural Aircraft in 1950.

Other associated printed materials, such as FAA newsletters, are found in the materials. Seven folders of correspondence are divided into incoming correspondence arranged alphabetically by writer, outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically, and correspondence about Elliott (or his office) arranged chronologically. Whereas one folder contains drafts of his outgoing correspondence, another incoming one contains telegrams with no last name. The folders for incoming correspondence are: A-H, I-O, P-Z.

To maintain provenance, the archivist has left Elliott’s arrangement of all materials related to the FAA Evaluation of Atlanta and Nashville District Office (1958-1959). It should be noted that this folder contains official correspondence during this period.

The collection includes some personal papers such as the roster of students at Brooks Field Flying School (1922-1932), memorabilia, and a biographical clipping file. Financial records and expense vouchers are also among his papers. One of the three manuscript boxes contains a dedication book from FAA Region Two employees; this volume commemorates Elliott’s twenty-five years of service and contains autographs, sketches, and official stamps.


  • 1920 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1946

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

Lawrence Clifton Elliott was born in Greenville, TX, on November 16, 1901. Elliott first discovered aviation at a country fair flying exhibition in 1916 at the age of fifteen. He built an airplane at this time with a friend, though it never left the ground. He attended Texas A & M College from 1920 to 1924 for Electrical Engineering. In 1924, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Corps. He attended primary flight school at Brooks Field and advanced flying school at Kelly Field. Elliott was assigned to the First Pursuit Group in Selfridge Field, Michigan in 1925. From 1927 to 1928, he was a flight instructor at Brooks Field. Afterwards, he resigned from military service to become an Airways Extension from 1928 to 1933.

In 1933, Elliott was a superintendent for the Bureau of Lighthouses (later transferred to Bureau of Air Commerce). He was one of the pilots assigned to lay out airways throughout the United States and intersperse beacon lights and emergency fields along flight routes. From 1933 to 1935, Elliott went from being a Senior Airplane Pilot, to an Airways Engineer, to a District Manager and then a Regional Supervisor. From 1935 to 1953, he was the Regional Administrator of Region Four of the Civil Aeronautics Administration. Its headquarters were in Fort Worth, TX. Elliott implemented the Civil Aeronautics Act in his region in 1938.

Region Four and Region Two were consolidated as one Region (Region Two) in 1953 and Elliott remained Regional Administrator after the merge. In 1958, he implemented the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 in his region which marked the change from the CAA to the FAA, among others. Elliott was appointed Acting Regional Manager of Region Two of the FAA in 1959. At this time, the region included the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas while also including Puerto Rico and the Canal Zone.

In 1960, Elliott became Regional Manager of Region One with headquarters in New York which included New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. He was appointed first member of the Federal Aviation Agency’s General Advisory Board in 1961.

Elliott died on May 15, 1970 in Fort Worth, TX.

He has the following honors: In 1926, he won the Billy Mitchell Trophy Race and second place in the Free-For-All Pursuit Race in a ‘Curtiss P-1’ – Received a commendation from Chief of Air Corps.

In 1956, he received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service, highest award of the Department. Elliott was also given the International Region CAA Award for Distinguished Service to World Aviation.

From 1955 to 1958, he was featured in Who’s Who in World Aviation. In 1960, he was awarded “The Mark of Appreciation” Certificate for Outstanding Service from the Federal Business Association. He was also awarded a dedication book from FAA Region Two employees that commemorated his 25 years of service. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen and elected to membership in Trans World Airlines’ Ambassadors Club as well as a life member of the Society of Airway Pioneers.

From 1958 to 1959, for his civic activities, Elliott received the Award of Excellence, a Citation for Community Service, and a Certificate of Appreciation in support of the Federal Service Joint Crusade for FAA’s participation under Elliott’s leadership in the Tarrant County United Fund Drive.


1.0 Linear Feet ((Two manuscript boxes and one half-size manuscript box).)


The collection mainly consists of correspondence and records generated by, for and about Elliott’s position as a Federal Aeronautical Administrator. Elliott’s career spans the genesis of the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), from the Bureau of Lighthouses through the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to the FAA in the 1960’s.

Series Description

The archivist kept the original organization intact without any further arrangement.

Provenance Statement

The Lawrence C. Elliott Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Lawrence C. Elliott in 1964.

Additional Sources

Additional information about this topic can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following Collections:

History of Aviation Archives, Jack Jaynes Papers, and William G. Fuller 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 (HAC)

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: 5LCE-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

LCE = Lawrence C. Elliott 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.
Guide to the Lawrence C. Elliott Collection, 1901-1970
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Cassandra Zawojek, 2018-10-30.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-10-30: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Cassandra Zawojek.

Repository Details

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

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