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William D. Gaddie Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CA078-97

Scope and Content

This collection contains moving images in various formats, clippings, photographs, and correspondence that William D. Gaddie created and/or collected during his life in Southeast Asia and his career with CAT/Air America. The William D. Gaddie Collection is housed in 69 boxes of various sizes totaling 44.3 linear ft.

Box 1, Folder 1 contains VHS tapes that consist of films reformatted from seventy-six 16mm film rolls. Tape number 1 contains films 6-7, 11-13, 15-19, 21-24, 31-33, 41, 51, and 61. Tape number 2 contains films 64 through 78.

Folder 2 contains a photograph of a clipping describing the humanitarian aid of Gaddie as an Air America pilot in the aftermath of Typhoon Vera in 1959.

Folder 3 contains Air America seniority listings.

Folder 4 contains a DVD "Impressions from Southeast Asia" (supplied title). Scenes depict temples, landscapes, elephants, elephant handlers, country life, city life, rowboat regatta, traditional festivities, washing laundry in the river, American friendship festivities in Laos, Laotian people, traditional dances, Air America party in garden including women and men dressed up for the occasion, party games and dances.

Envelopes 1 through 7 contain 16mm unidentified film strips.

Film reels no. 3 through 70 depict the Gaddie family’s life in Southeast Asia.

Dates

  • 1954 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1955 - 1970

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 Donaldson Gaddie was born on April 30, 1920. He was a fixed-wing instructor pilot for Civil Air Transport and Air America, stationed in Bangkok and Japan from April 1, 1948 through May 6, 1976, when he retired from the company.

Gaddie was stationed and living in Tachikawa Air Base, which was later moved to Yokota, in Japan for more than twenty years. While Gaddie participated in a donation flight by Air from Tachi, Japan to Komaki, Japan, conducted in the aftermath of a flooding caused by Typhoon Vera on September 26, 1959.

Sources

Source
“Typhoon Vera,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Vera, last edited July 12, 2018. accessed November 26, 2018.
Source
“Tachi-ites Help In Komaki,” the Tachikawa Marauder, vol. 5, no. 48, Folder number 2, Box number 1, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
William D. Gaddie Collection, Article The Tachikawa Marauder, Folder 2, Box 1, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
William D. Gaddie Collection, Air America Cockpit Crew Seniority List, Folder 3, Box 1, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
Jerry Fink Collection, Air America Roster, Folder 1, Box 32, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

42.3 Linear Feet (One manuscript box and seventy Audio/Film Canisters 16mm x 400ft, Vented (7 1/2 x1).)

Abstract

Wiiliam D. Gaddie was a fixed-wing instructor pilot for Civil Air Transport and Air America stationed in Bangkok and Japan.

Series Description

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

Provenance Statement

The William D. Gaddie 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 D. Gaddie, in multiple accessions from 1997 through 2000.

Additional Sources

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

CAT/Air America 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

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: 1WDG-1-1-PB1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

WDG= William D. Gaddie 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 moving film on reels is in poor condition and either suffers from vinegar syndrome or mildew, or both.

The alphanumeric code infront of the film titles for films no. 3 through 70 refer to a film inventory project that contains more information about format, reel time, film stock, color, audio length, reel size, hub radius, and condition.

Erroneously, this collection was confused with the David Gaddie Collection, CA021-04. Hence Box 2 was removed from this collection.
Title
Guide to the William D. Gaddie Collection, 1920-
Status
Completed
Author
Nava, Patrizia, 1960-
Date
2018-11-26
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2018-11-26. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2019-05-09.

Repository Details

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

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