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William A. Ong Collection

Identifier: H041-83

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.


  • Creation: 1931 - 1970

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 Armitage "Bill" Ong was born in Lacon, Illinois on December 28, 1902 to Judson W. Ong, Jr. and Mercedes E. Armitage Ong.

William A. Ong first soloed in an aircraft in 1927, after which he worked as a barnstormer and participated in airshows for two years.

From 1929 through 1936, he worked for various companies as a aircraft salesman.

During the 1930s, Ong participated in Thompson Trophy Races.

Ong founded his own company, the Ong Aircraft Company, in 1937. He served in World War II rising to the rank of a Captain in the Army Air Corps Reserve. He trained pilots throught the Civilian Pilot Training Program.

In 1940, Ong was a founding member of the National Aviation Trades Association (NATA).

William Ong was an active member of numerous aviation organizations and worked as editor for many aviation journals.

William A. Ong passed away on November 9, 1979 at the age of seventy-seven.


"William Armitage Ong (28 December 1902 - November 1979) ," "Ong Family History," accessed January 27, 2021,
"William Armitage Ong," "Parks Airport," accessed January 27, 2021,
Ray Morgan, "Bill Ong Honored by Aviation Writers," "The Kanas City Times," June 11, 1982


5.2 Linear Feet (Thirteen manuscript boxes.)


The collection contains books, trophies, documents, magazines, memorabilia, business records, ephemera and photographs.

Series Description

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

Provenance Statement

The William A. Ong Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas by Grace Harris on 1983-10-26.

Additional Sources

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

History of Aviation Archives and at The Kansas Public Library

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: 5WAO-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives

WAO = William A. Ong 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.

Note to the Researcher

Many boxes of accessioned materials are not yet available until processed.

Guide to the William A. Ong Collection, 1902-1979
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First revision by Madeline Hoff, 2018-09-04. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2021-01-27.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-09-04: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Madeline Hoff.
  • 2021-01-27: 2nd revision was an update of the biographical sketch 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