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Jon S. L. Allen Collection

Identifier: H055-86

Scope and Content

This collection contains, correspondence, rosters, newsletters, articles, magazines, photographs, ephemera, and memorabilia that were created and/or collected by Jon S. L. Allen. The Jon S. L. Allen Collection is housed in one half-size manuscript box, totaling 0.2 linear ft.

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. Part of the collection was removed from the History of Aviation Small Collections of the History of Aviation Archives and housed in it's own archival container. At a later point, more materials were discovered and the entire collection was reprocessed with a new arrangement.

The archivist identified six series with the first series being the Pan Am Historical Foundation Series, which includes correspondence between the foundation and Jon S. L. Allen, news releases, and an annual report.

The second series is The Ellington Navigators Association Series, which includes correspondence between Ken Johnson and Jon S. L. Allen regarding locating old classmates from the Navigator School at Ellington Air Force Base. Materials also include, press releases, rosters, and the association's newsletters.

The third series is the Correspondence Series, which contains one letter regarding Allen’s review of the book Desired Track.

The fourth series is the Publication Series, which contains articles and magazines: article "Eurasia. A History. The Sino-German Airline that pioneered Routes across China." Air Pictorial by Lennart Andersson; article An Ace for the Czar. Aviation Pioneer Boris Sergievsky Began his Flying Career in the World War I Air Battles over the Eastern Front by Allan Forsyth; article Slipping the Bonds of Earth by Jon S. L. Allen; article "The Legend of Pan Am: Part I," Greenwich; newsletter Clipper; newsletter American Air Museum News; magazine special issue Pan Am Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of US Commercial Jet Service; and a catalog Air University Press.

The fifth series is the Ephemera and Memorabilia Series, which contains a Pan Am membership card issued to Jon S. L. Allen and a certificate from the Air Force Memorial Foundation of Jon S. L. Allen being a charter sponsor.

The sixth series is the Photograph Series, which contains 8x10” b/w images. Image number 5JSLA-1-6-PB1 depicts two Boeing 737 2C0 in flight, tail number N570GB and N571G?. Image number 5JSLA-1-6-PB2 through 5JSLA-1-6-PB3 depicts the exterior and interior of the Movieland of the Air Museum.


  • Creation: Undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1992 - 1994


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

At the time this finding aid was reviewed, no biographical information was available.


0.2 Linear Feet (One half-size manuscript box)


This collection has correspondence as well as materials related mainly to Pan American Airlines and "The Elliston Navigators Association."

Series Description

The Jon S. L. Allen Collection is arranged in six series:

Series I. Pan Am Historical Foundation 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1993-1994.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. The Ellington Navigators Association 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1987-1992.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Correspondence 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1996.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Publications 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1990-2005.

Arranged by topic.

Series V. Ephemera and Memorabilia 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), undated.

Arranged by topic.

Series VI. Photographs 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), undated.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Jon S. L. Allen Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Jon S. L. Allen in multiple accessions from 1986 through 2005.

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 (HAC)

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: 5JSLA-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

JSLA = Jon S. L. Allen 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 Jon S. L. Allen Collection
Thomas J. Allen, PhD
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Cassandra Zawojek, 2018-11-06. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2019-09-27.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-11-06: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Cassandra Zawojek.
  • 2019-09-27: 2nd revision was a reprocessing of the collection and an update of the finding aid 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