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William G. Fuller Collection

 Collection
Identifier: H002-63

Scope and Content

The collection contains documents and records, correspondence, manuals and reports, photographs, blueprints, maps, charts and diagrams, clippings, speeches, ephemera and memorabilia, and other materials that were created and/or collected by William G. Fuller during his military service, career as an airport manager and director of aviation, as well as Mayor of Euless, TX. The William G. Fuller Collection is housed in X manuscript boxes, X oversize boxes and X oversize folders totaling X linear ft.

The collection arrived in an unknown order and was originally processed with no discernable arrangement or order. Upon reprocessing, the archivist identified eight series with the first series being Personal Papers which is organized in two subseries: 1. Personal Papers and 2. Death of William G. Fuller Jr.

Subseries 1. consists of biographical materials, business and personal correspondence, notes, business contracts, interviews, certificates of membership and pilot’s licenses and photographs.

Subseries 2. contains correspondence regarding the search for William G. Fuller Jr. and his aircrew, maps, clippings and ephemera.

The second series is titled Events and is arranged in four subseries: 1. Accidents, 2. Air Races and Shows 3. Aviation records and Commemorative Events, and 4. Military Maneuvers.

Subseries 1. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 2. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 3. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 4. contains photographs and news releases.

The third series is titled Manufacturers and is arranged in four subseries: 1. Aircraft, 2. Equipment, 3. Parts, and 4. Facilities and Vehicles.

Subseries 1. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 2. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 3. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 4. contains photographs and news releases.

The fourth series is titled Locations and is arranged in three subseries: 1. Non-United States, 2. United States, and 3. Texas.

Subseries 1. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 2. contains photographs and news releases.

Subseries 3. contains photographs and news releases.

The fifth series is titled Organizations and is arranged in two subseries: 1. Member, and 2. Non-member.

Subseries 1. contains photographs, news releases, publications and ephemera.

Subseries 2. contains photographs, news releases and ephemera from major airlines.

The sixth series is titled Media and is arranged in five subseries: 1. Clippings, 2. Film, 3. Negatives, 4. Positives, and 5. Publications.

Subseries 1. contains clippings predominately from local Texas newspapers, but also a few from out of state periodicals which pertain to either Fuller or aviation.

Subseries 2. contains Xmm film rolls.

Subseries 3. contains negatives of the photographs that can be found within the William G. Fuller collection.

Subseries 4. contains photographs which did not immediately correspond to other series within the William G. Fuller collection.

Subseries 5. contains commercial, civic and federal magazines and manuals.

The seventh series is titled Memorabilia and contains headwear, pins and nametags as well as the runway light board from Meacham Field.

The eighth series is titled Ephemera and is arranged in four subseries: 1. Brochures, 2. Cards, Fuller, 3. Cards, Perkins, and 4. Programs.

Subseries 1. contains brochures from various aviation related companies.

Subseries 2. contains greeting and business cards which were given or addressed to William G. Fuller.

Subseries 3. contains greeting cards which were given or addressed to William G. Fuller's son-in-law, Perkins.

Subseries 4. contains programs for various events.

Dates

  • 1917 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1927 - 1971

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 G. Fuller was born on 11 February, 1895 in Trenton, New Jersey. His extensive experience in aviation began in 1915 when he was employed by Wright Aeronautical building Hispano-Suiza engines. In 1916 he enlisted in the Signal Corps and was later among the first class of Flying Sergeants at Love Field in Dallas, TX. Soon after he was assigned to the Air Service’s Model Airway System at Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX. In this posting he was responsible for the movement of personnel and supplies in Waco, Dallas, Fort Worth, Muskogee, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Fort Worth proved to be a troublesome location as enlisted members of the Army were constantly being court martialed for being derelict in duty, intoxicated or selling government supplies. As the Army was on the verge of closing the air field in Fort Worth, the mayor at the time, Henry C. Meacham requested that Fuller be assigned to Fort Worth to manage the air field and keep it open. In 1927, when Fuller’s enlistment was up he was hired as the first Airport Manager of what would be named later that year, Meacham Field.

As World War II broke out, Fuller stepped aside as Airport Manager to become Vice President of Globe Aircraft Company which had a contract building AT-10 trainers for the United States Army. In 1946 he was appointed as the Chief of Airport Management for the Civil Aeronautics Administration in Washington D.C. In 1950, Fuller would return to Fort Worth as the Director of Aviation and would remain in that position until he was forcibly retired in 1961 at which time he would become the Director of Aviation for Grand Prairie and later Mayor of Euless, TX.

Aviation grew rapidly in North Texas, as it did around the world, during Fuller’s time in aviation. He was on hand as Charles Lindbergh made a stop at Meacham Field on his “victory” tour in 1927. According to Fuller, during his time at Meacham Field he oversaw the first glider to be towed by an airplane anywhere in the world. His wife, Evelyn, was the first passenger on a scheduled flight out of Texas in 1928 and Reg Robbins and James Kelly set the endurance record out of Meacham Field in 1929 in their Ryan Airplane “Fort Worth.” Fuller was also involved in the airport controversies between Dallas and Fort Worth which eventually saw the creation of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In 1933, he was also instrumental in the solving of the kidnapping of business man Charles F. Urschel and subsequent capture of J. Harvey Bailey. The episode is depicted in the book Robbing Banks Was My Business by J. Evetts Haley.

Fuller married Evelyn Rhodes, commonly referred to as Jackie, of Dallas, TX. They had one daughter, Evelyn Fuller and one son, William G. Fuller Jr. The latter would lose his life piloting a B-29 in support of the world flight record of the Lucky Lady II in 1949.

Sources

Source
William G. Fuller Collection

Extent

1 Linear Feet (X manuscript boxes, X non-standard boxes (X).)

Abstract

William G. Fuller was the first manager of Meacham Field in Fort Worth, TX. He was appointed to the post in 1927 and remained active in North Texas aviation throughout his life, from being Vice President of Globe Aircraft Company, to the Director of Aviation of Fort Worth and later Grand Prairie. The collection contains archival material collected by him, including personal and business papers and other materials accrued throughout his career in civil and military aviation.

Series Description

The William G. Fuller Collection is arranged in eight series:

Series I. Personal Papers 2.3 linear ft. (five manuscript boxes, ten folders, X over sized folders), 1917-1977.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. Personal Papers and 2. Death of William G. Fuller Jr.

Subseries 1. Personal Papers X linear ft. (X manuscript boxes), 1917-1977.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 2. Death of William G. Fuller Jr. 0.2 linear ft. (X folders), 1939-1949.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series II. Events 1.58 linear ft. (three manuscript boxes, X folders, X over sized folders), 1917-1970.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Accidents 2. Air Races and Shows 3. Aviation Records and Commemorative Events and 4. Military Maneuvers.

Subseries 1. Accidents 0.6 linear ft. (one manuscript box, X folders), 1931-1965.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 2. Air Races and Shows 0.1 linear ft. (X folders), 1920-1970.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 3. Aviation Records and Commemorative Events 0.2 linear ft. (X folders), 1909-1977.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 4. Military Maneuvers 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1918-1967.

Series III. Manufacturers 4.52 linear ft. (eleven manuscript boxes, one folder and X oversized folders), 1909-1979.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Aircraft 2. Equipment 3. Parts and 4. Facilities and Vehicles.

Subseries 1. Aircraft 3.6 linear ft. (nine manuscript boxes), 1909-1979.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 2. Equipment 0.3 linear ft. (X folders), 1916-1959.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 3. Parts 0.3 linear ft. (X folders), 1928-1961.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 4. Facilities and Vehicles 0.1 linear ft. (X folders), 1956-1963.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series IV. Locations 3.3 linear ft. (seven manuscript boxes, seven folders and X oversized folders), 1919-1968.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. Non-United States 2. United States and 3. Texas.

Subseries 1. Non-United States 2 linear ft. (four manuscript boxes, X folders), 1919-1965.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 2. United States 1 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes, X Folders), 1929-1968.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 3. Texas 0.8 linear ft. (one manuscript box, X folders), 1917-1963.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series V. Organizations 3.45 linear ft. (eight manuscript boxes, three folders and X oversized folders), 1917-1978.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. Member and 2. Non-member.

Subseries 1. Member 2.1 linear ft. (four manuscript boxes, X folders), 1917-1977.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 2. Non-member 1.4 linear ft. (three manuscript boxes, X folders), 1919-1978.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series VI. Media X linear ft. (X manuscript boxes), 19??-19??.

Arranged in five subseries: 1. Clippings 2. Film 3. Negatives 4. Positives and 5. Publications.

Subseries 1. Clippings X linear ft. (X manuscript boxes), 19??-19??.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 2. Film X linear ft. (X canisters), 19??-19??.

Arranged ?

Subseries 3. Negatives X linear ft. (X boxes), 19??-19??.

Arranged ?

Subseries 4. Positives X linear ft. (X manuscript boxes), 19??-19??.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 5. Publications X linear ft. (X manuscript boxes), 19??-19??.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series VII. Memorabilia X linear ft. (X boxes), 19??-19??.

Arranged ?

Series VIII. Ephemera 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1927-1978.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Provenance Statement

The William G. Fuller Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by William G. Fuller. on [Date in this format], YYYY-MM-DD.

Additional Sources

Additional information can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following collections:

History of Aviation Collection.

Books/Magazines

The books/magazines in this collection have been separated from the main collection and incorporated in the HAC Monograph/Magazine Stacks.

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 r S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 5WGF-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

WGF = William G. Fuller 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

The materials in this collection are generally in good condition with the exception of some clippings and magazines in Series VIII and some oversized photographs which were stored previously in folders and boxes too small for their size. Series I, subseries 1. contains personal correspondence which shows signs of water damage and may contain dust and mold. Researchers sensitive to these agents should wear protective devices.

Oversized photographs, maps and blueprints are stored separately in either oversized boxes or flat files.

The photographs in Series II, Subseries 1. contain graphic images of death and/or dismemberment. Viewer discretion is advised.

Materials which have been previously digitized for use by the Portal to Texas History contain identifying numbers for their location within the collection which are no longer valid due to reprocessing and arrangement.

Photographs, depending on their size, are housed in archival polypropylene sleeves or are interleaved in folders with acid-free paper. All memorabilia are either stored in special memorabilia boxes or oversized boxes.

Staples and paper clips were removed and replaced with coated paper clips where necessary.

Material Removed List

1.2 linear ft. (X record center boxes) of duplicate materials, clippings, photographs, reports and damaged documents and clippings that were photocopied on acid-free paper were deaccessioned. Addressed envelopes for correspondence which did not contain any differing information from enclosed letterhead as well as documents and newspapers with no relevance to this collection, were also deaccessioned.
Title
Guide to the William G. Fuller Collection, 1895-1978
Status
In Progress
Author
Matthew Davis.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Matthew Davis, 2018-09-05.

Repository Details

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

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