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Edwin C. Musick Collection

Identifier: H001-65

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.


  • 1918 - 1944
  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 1938


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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 / Historical

Edwin Charles Musick was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1894.

After joining Pan American Airways in 1927, Captain Musick later became the chief pilot in Pan American’s Caribbean Division. He pioneered most of the commercial air routes over both the Atlantic and Pacific for the line and made the first trans-Pacific flight of a transport craft from Alameda to Honolulu on April 17, 1935. He received international recognition as the pilot of the China Clipper, the world’s first scheduled ocean air service, which linked America, Hawaii, the Philippines, and the Orient. This clipper carried the first trans-Pacific airmail.

The holder of eleven world records for flying, recognized as “the world’s outstanding aviator,” Musick died with his crew on a survey flight of the Samoan Clipper in the South Pacific in 1938.


0.4 Linear Feet (One manuscript box.)


The collection contains a scrapbook, photographs, memorabilia, philatelic materials, an oil painting as well as a commemorative plaque, and a scrapbook generated by, for, and about Musick.

Series Description

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

Provenance Statement

The Edwin C. Musick Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by George Haddaway, in 1965.

Additionally, Mrs. E. C. Musick donated materials to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas in 1982.

Additional Sources

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

History of Aviation Archives

Some of the materials are on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

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: 5ECM-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives

ECM = Edwin C. Musick 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

More accessioned materials in this collection are not yet available until processed.

Some of the materials of this collection are on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Guide to the Edwin C. Musick Collection, 1894-1938
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, 2018-10-30.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-10-30: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Madeline Hoff.

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