Lawrence C. Elliott Collection
Scope and Content
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
Literary Rights Statement
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).)
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
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.
- Agricultural exhibitions Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Brooks Air Force Base (Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Curtiss aircraft Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- DH.4 (Bomber) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Federal Aviation Administration Academy (U.S.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- History of Aviation Collection Subject Source: Local sources
- Jaynes, Jack B., 1897- Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Kelly Field (Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Meacham Field (Fort Worth, Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Piper airplanes Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Quiet Birdmen Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Texas A & M University Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Trans World Airlines Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Air Corps Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- de Havilland aircraft Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Lawrence C. Elliott Collection, 1901-1970
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- Language of description note
- English (eng)
- Edition statement
- First revision by Cassandra Zawojek, 2018-10-30.
- 2018-10-30: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Cassandra Zawojek.
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