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William J. McClanahan Collection

Identifier: H001-81

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.


  • Undated

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

William J. McClanahan was born December 2, 1907 in Greenville, Texas. He graduated Highland Park High School in 1927, and later studied at Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Art Institute.

McClanahan began his newspaper career as a sportswriter at the Dallas Morning News, and in the 1930s was a sports-reporter for other local news outlets.

McClanahan enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of captain; and remained in the Air Force Reserve until retirement in 1967 as a lieutenant colonel. After being discharged in 1946, he returned to the Dallas Morning News and to write, edit and draw cartoons.

McClanahan died in Dallas on September 7, 1981.


Robert F. Darden, "Drawing Power: Knott, Ficklen, and McClanahan, Editorial Cartoonists of the Dallas Morning News" (Waco: Baylor University Press, 1983).


1.7 Linear Feet (One non-standard box (20.5x16.5x1.5).)


This collection contains books, art work, cartoons by McClanahan, and photographs.

Series Description

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

Provenance Statement

The William J. McClanahan Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Eloise McClanahan on 1981-08-01.

Additional Sources

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

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: 5WJM-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

WJM = William J. McClanahan 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 William J. McClanahan Collection, 1907-1981
Madeline Hoff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First revision by Madeline Hoff, 2018-07-30.

Repository Details

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

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