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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Collection

Identifier: H011-13

Scope and Content

The collection is in good 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.


  • 1936 - 1985
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1972

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.

Historical Sketch

Founded in 1934, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started out as a branch of the Department of Commerce, which was later renamed to the Aeronautics Branch of the Bureau of Air Commerce. The purpose was to establish air traffic control centers throughout the United States to minimize airplane crashes.

Through the Civil Aeronautics Act, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938, the independent Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) was established. In 1940, the President divided the CAA into the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). The former controlled air traffic control, pilot and airplane certification, safety enforcement, and airway development. The latter’s responsibility was safety rulemaking, accident investigation, and economic regulation of the airline industry.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower undersigned the Federal Aviation Act to form the Federal Aviation Agency. With the creation of the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 1966, the Federal Aviation Agency transformed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The CAB’s function to investigate aircraft accidents was reassigned to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


“A Brief History of the FAA,” "Federal Aviation Administration," Page last modified: January 04, 2017 4:42:03 PM EST,


0.4 Linear Feet (One manuscript box)


This artificial collection contains inspection papers for Meacham Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and Love Field airport.

Series Description

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

Provenance Statement

This is an artificial collection. Provenance could not be established.

Additional Sources

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

History of Aviation Archives
Guide to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Collection
Nava, Patrizia, 1960-
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2018-11-07.

Repository Details

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

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