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Bob Sexton Collection

 Collection
Identifier: H005-79

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents and records, correspondence, manuals and evaluations, photographs, charts and diagrams, clippings and articles, publications, and ephemera that were created and/or collected by Bob Sexton during his work at Brayton Air Service for the Air Corps Enlisted Reserve as contracted to the U.S. government during WWII, as a civilian flight instructor after WWII, and as a member of civilian aviation clubs such as the Quiet Birdmen, and the OX5 Club of America. The Bob Sexton Collection are housed in four manuscript boxes and two non-standard boxes totaling 3.69 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fair condition. For better access and preservation purposes, the archivist reorganized and reprocessed the materials from the initial arrangement into seven series with the first series being the Personal Documentation Series, which is further arranged in five subseries: 1. IDs, Resume, Diploma, and Personal Images, 2. Military Records, 3. Pre-Career Education at Baylor University, 4. Personal Papers, and 5. Personal Correspondence.

Subseries 1. contains, a resume, copies of Identification Cards from the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a Bartlett High School diploma, a portrait of Bob Sexton, and a portrait of Dr. Harry Barton from Temple, Texas as well as other individuals, and unidentified locations.

Subseries 2. consists of an application for pilot rating and certificate, Certificate of Proficiency given by the Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center by Brayton Flying Service, Honorable Discharge from the Air Corps Enlisted Reserve, and Statement of Availability for the United States Employment Service of the War Manpower Commission.

Subseries 3. contains Baylor University related materials of a Dean’s List letter, class notes, and articles from The Baylor Lariat, and The Daily Lariat newspapers.

Subseries 4. consists of photos, negatives, and papers related to club involvements with The Quiet Birdmen and OX5 Club of America, personal correspondence with Roger Q. Williams, bits of humor, a family coat of arms, and a list of organizations identified by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Subseries 5. contains letters from former WWII-era trainees, thanks from clients, a job request, and get well cards following Sexton’s stroke, some non-aviation related correspondence written by Sexton, and an invitation to a Neil Armstrong lecture.

The second series is the Professional Correspondence and Other Documentation Series, which is organized in three subseries: 1. Pre-WWII, 2. WWII, and 3. Post-WWII.

Subseries 1. consists of a letter ruling that a student be dropped from the training program due to the student’s fear.

Subseries 2. contains documentation affirming Sexton’s time as a flying instructor for Brayton Flying Service in Cuero, Texas, Aviation Enterprises in Sweetwater, Texas, and Haile Flying Service in Austin, Texas, and a list of some of the planes that he flew during this time.

Subseries 3. consists of correspondence aimed at advancing his career with the government, and his government service rating in the immediate aftermath of WWII. Among these are letters to and from the Federal Aviation Administration requesting a medical evaluation, medical certificates, Certificate of Designation for Pilot Examiner, and Instrument Rating Examiner, renewal of designation as a Pilot Examiner, applications for federal employment, Temporary Airman Certificates, lists of hours in the air, letters to and from federal legislators regarding employment as an Air Traffic Controller or Safety Agent in General Aviation with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Among the legislators and federal personnel are: R. V. Reynolds, and Paul H. Figg, Archie W. League, and Wortley F. Rudd, of the FAA, D. W. Retzel of the CAA, Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, Rep. Paul J. Kilday, Sen. Ralph Yarborough, Sen. John Connally, and Sen., and then President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Also found in this series are flight schedules and logs for his commercial private piloting, often containing type of aircraft flown, points of origin and destinations, and a list of names and telephone numbers, Swift Dealership Progress Reports, business expenses for Allen and Morris, and a Beech Bonanza airplane crash investigation statement.

The third series is the Instructor Series, which is organized in four subseries: 1. Pre-WWII, 2. WWII, 3. Post-WWII, and 4. Various Topics.

Subseries 1. consists of an instructor’s manual Radio and Instrument Flying by Charles A. Zweng, and The Flying Instructor’s Manual: Primary Stage, from The Department of Flying Training Air Corps Primary Flying School Randolph Field, Texas.

Subseries 2. contains copies of “Final Statements and Progress Checks” for student pilots during 1942-1943.

Subseries 3. contains copies of “Notices of Disapproval of Application” for student pilots from 1967-1971, “Applicant/Flight Instructor” Evaluations from 1970-1971, Aviation Training Centers of Austin’s: SW-SAT-31 Airline Transport Pilot Course, Airplane Multi-Engine Land, Private Pilot Course, V.A. Commercial Course Outline, Crystal Shamrock, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN’s Instructor materials, Dinero Flight Company Airman Agency Certificate #7909, Piper Flite Center Student Flight Progress Log, an instrument chart, a voided student pilot certificate, a protocol for preflight and in-flight and post-flight procedures, oral examination for flight check, weight and balance visual plotter, U.S. Department of Commerce CAA Pilot Examiner or Flying School Activity Reports 1947-1948, FAA Flight Test Guides dated from 1964-1976 for various airplane classes and types, personal flight notes with headings, mileage, and radio frequencies.

Subseries 4. consists of personal operating notes for various Alon, Aero, Beech, Cessna, and Piper aircraft, performance analyses from Lockheed, and Hanford Airlines, manufacturer’s sales materials from Beechcraft, Berry Brothers, a blank Piper Dealer Agreement, Plantier’s Theory, and the Airem Computer and Pressure Difference Navigation book from Compass Point Aviation, Inc.

The fourth series is the Publications Series, including two books of aviation related humor Up High with Bill Mauldin, and Jo Johnson and Mel Lazarus’ Come Josephine, a Seventh Experimental Aircraft Association program, and an A and M College of Texas conference name tag.

The fifth series is the Ephemera Series, which is further organized in six subseries: 1. Business and Membership Materials, 2. Navigation Calculators, 3. Invitations, Stickers, and Certificate, 4. Datebooks, Calendars, and Notebooks, 5. Log Books and Flight Plans, and 6. Time Book.

Subseries 1. contains business and membership cards from the Baylor University Ex-students Association, Executive Flight Service, the OX5 Club of America, and various aircraft marketing directors.

Subseries 2. consists of navigation calculators from Aero Supply (1942), Captain Wally Robinson, Code-Dial, and Enco.

Subseries 3. Contains a bumper sticker “I’d Rather Be Flying,” a window sticker from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

The sixth series is the Scrapbooks Series, which consists of three scrapbooks: Over the Waves a collection of aircraft magazine photos and clippings; Quiet Birdmen Blue club related photos and clippings; and Bartlett Bulldogs, a collection of the Bartlett Bulldogs’ 1926-1927 sports season, Baylor University's publication The Baylor Lariat and The Daily Lariat, and clippings on other topics.

The seventh series is the Realia Series and consists of a leather briefcase, which is embossed “Pilot’s Navigation Kit Air Force United States Army."

Dates

  • 1909 - 1976
  • Majority of material found within 1942 - 1943

Language of Materials

Collection is in English and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current of future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Robert Newton "Bob" Sexton was born in Bartlett, Texas in 1909. At Bartlett High School, he was active in football, basketball, and track. He was graduated from there in 1928.

Sexton studied law and journalism at Baylor University from 1928-1931. He was a writer and editor for the University's newspaper, The Baylor Lariat and The Daily Lariat. Additionally, he participated in the marching band, and was member of Sigma Delta Chi Fraternity.

In March of 1941, he completed the special Flying Instructor’s Course for civilian instructors at Brayton Flying Service in Cuero, Texas. Brayton Flying Service was a contractor to the U.S. Army where civilians trained and tested prospective pilots for service in WWII. Sexton was employed as an examiner by Brayton, training, and testing a number of men who came through Cuero 1942-1943. In 1944, he may have spent time training the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) for Aviation Enterprises, Ltd., at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. During this period, he was also a member of the Air Corps Enlisted Reserve. He received an Honorable Discharge from the reserve on December 12, 1944.

He was an active member of several aviation clubs: the secret male aviator club known as Quiet Birdmen; OX5 Aviation Pioneers; and the Confederate Air Force. He was a charter member of the Austin, Texas Quiet Birdman Club (also known as Hangar).

After his wartime employment, Sexton continued as a civilian flight instructor, and examiner, having Certificates of Authority from the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) as a Pilot, Examiner, and Instrument Rating Examiner. He also worked as a charter and executive pilot, followed by sales representative positions. One of his executive flights included the Texas-born actor, Dan Blocker.

Sexton married Frances Barton of Temple, Texas. They had a son, Bob, who married Peggy. They had two sons, Keith and Craig. Sexton died on February 18, 1980, having suffered a stroke in the mid-1970s.

Sources

Source
"Bob Sexton Collection," Biographical sketch, Folder 1-15, Box 1, Series I., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
"Bob Sexton Collection," Biographical sketch, Folder 1-3, Box 2, Series II., History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

3.69 Linear Feet (Four manuscript boxes, one non-standard box (12.75 x 16.75 x 3), and one photo album box (18 x 13 x 5).)

Abstract

Bob Sexton became interested in flight around the time of his attendance at Baylor University. During the 1930s, Sexton became involved in aviation and remained engaged with it until a stroke in the 1970s took him away from active flying. He was a trainer and examiner with the Civil Aeronautics Adminstration (CAA). His students included men who would join the military during world War II, and civilians after that conflict.

Series Description

The Bob Sexton Collection is arranged in seven series:

Series I. Personal Documentation 0.4 linear ft. (one box, fifteen folders, and one item), 1909-1978.

Arranged in five subseries: 1. IDs, Resume, Diploma, and Personal Images, 2. Military Records, 3. Pre-Career Education at Baylor University, 4. Personal Papers, and 5. Personal Correspondence.

Subseries 1. IDs, Resume, Diploma, and Personal Images 0.2 linear ft. (one folder and one item), 1909-1975.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Military Records 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1939-1944.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Pre- Career Education at Baylor University 0.2 linear ft. (two folders), 1929-1974.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 4. Personal Papers 0.25 linear ft. (six folders), 1921-1978.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 5. Personal Correspondence 0.22 linear ft. (four folders), 1945-1976.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Professional Correspondence and Other Documentation 0.3 linear ft. (seven folders), 1941-1973.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. Pre-WWII, 2. WWII, and 3. Post WWII.

Subseries 1. Pre-WWII 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1941.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. WWII 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1942-1944.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Post-WWII 0.13 linear ft. (four folders), 1947-1973.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Instructor 0.67 linear ft. (fourteen folders), 1935-1976.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Pre-WWII, 2. WWII, 3. Post-WWII, and 4. Various Topics.

Subseries 1. Pre-WWII 0.1 linear ft. (two folders), 1940.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. WWII 0.1 linear ft. (two folders), 1942-1943.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Post-WWII 0.3 linear ft. (five folders), 1945-1976.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 4. Various Topics 0.2 linear ft. (six folders), 1935-1971.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Publications 0.1 linear ft. (three folders), 1956-1971.

Arranged by topic.

Series V. Ephemera 0.5 linear ft. (twelve folders), 1937-1975.

Arranged in six subseries: 1. Business and Membership Materials, 2. Navigation Calculators, 3. Invitations, Stickers, and Certificate, 4. Datebooks, Calendars, and Notebooks, 5. Log Books and Flight Plans, and 6. Time Book.

Subseries 1. Business and Membership Materials 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1969-1971.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 2. Navigation Calculators 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 3. Invitations, Stickers, and Certificate 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1970-1975.

Arranged by topic.

Subseries 4. Datebooks, Calendars, and Notebooks 0.1 linear ft. (two folders), 1961-1971.

Arranged by date.

Subseries 5. Log Books and Flight Plans 0.3 linear ft. (six folders), 1937-1962.

Arranged by date.

Subseries 6. Time Book 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1967.

Arranged by topic.

Series VI. Scrapbooks 1.1 linear ft. (one non-standard box and one folder), 1926-1973.

Arranged by topic.

Series VII. Realia 1.0 linear ft. (one item), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Bob Sexton Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Bob Sexton and his daughter-in-law, Peggy Sexton in 1979.

Additional sources

Additional materials regarding this topic can be found in the History of Aviation Archives.

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: 5RNS-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

RNS = Robert Newton "Bob" Sexton 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

Lockheed and Hanford documents and photos were copied, and the deteriorated originals disposed of.

Originals of the scrapbook Over the Waves were photocopied onto acid-free paper, as was a 1964 personal membership duescheck with redacted bank information. The original of the check is in the holding file, as is the scrapbook.

Two yearbooks are currently missing: Frances Barton Sexton’s Temple High School yearbook and a Baylor University yearbook.

Material List Removed

Two Record center boxes totalling 2.0 linear ft. of unidentified personal papers, photos, and negatives unrelated to the collection as well as aviation maps, federal publications, and newsprint articles that are available elsewhere. Three high school yearbooks belonging to Sexton's son are included in this deaccessioning.
Title
Guide to the Bob Sexton Collection, 1909-1980
Status
Completed
Author
Martha G. Diehl, MSLIS
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English (eng)

Repository Details

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

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