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Jim Ray Collection

Identifier: H014-67

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.


  • 1903 - 1960
  • Majority of material found within 1943 - 1954

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

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.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Biographical Sketch

James Ralph (Jim) Ray was born on May 19, 1893 in Claysville, Pennsylvania to James Garvin and Annie Lauria Ray, née Kelly. He studied at the Ohio State University, Columbia University, and the National Academy of Design in New York City, New York. On May 18, 1936, he married Ms. Lorraine deBarker. Jim Ray partnered with Vital Publications, Inc. to publish his Aviation Sketchbook. He was a member of the National Aeronautics Associations, the Army Ari Force Reserve, and Who’s Who.

Jim Ray trained on an early Wright Brothers airplane. He was deployed in France during World War I. In 1923, he was the first pilot delivering airmail from Philadelphia to New Your City in a Pitcairn autogiro.

He illustrated the Kellogg cereal boxes from 1938-1939 and worked for Phillips 66. He created many other illustrations for books and magazines.

Jim Ray passed away on September 10, 1955.


"Jim Ray Collection," Biographical Sketch, Holding File, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


1.2 Linear Feet (Three manuscript boxes.)


James Ralph (Jim) Ray was a famous illustrator and aviator working for Kelloggs and other companies. He published his art in many books and magazines. The collection contans sketches, original drawings and art, photographs, articles, an manuscripts.

Series Description

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

Provenance Statement

The Jim Ray Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Lorraine Ray on 1967-07-26.

Additional Sources

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

History of Aviation Archives


Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine collection.

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: 5JRR-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives

JRR = Jim Ray 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 Jim Ray Collection, 1893-1955
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Madeline Hoff, 2018-10-15. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2019-11-27.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-10-15: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Madeline Hoff.
  • 2019-11-27: 2nd revision was an update of the collection number by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

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

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