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Davis Airlines Collection

 Collection
Identifier: H017-12

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents, records, correspondence, publications, scrapbooks, images, artifacts, signage, memorabilia, and other materials assembled by Guy A. Davis during his military, commercial airline, and civil aviation careers. The Davis Airlines Collection is housed in five manuscript boxes and seven non-standard boxes of varying sizes totaling 22.91 linear feet.

The collection is in generally good condition and original order was preserved throughout processing except where size considerations necessitated reorganization. The collection consists of ten series, the first being Personal Papers which is further organized into three subseries: 1. Documents, 2. Pilot Logbooks, and 3. Military Records.

Subseries 1. contains the Airman Certificate records, awards and honors, biographical information, and correspondence from and to Guy A. Davis.

Subseries 2. contains Guy A. Davis' pilot logbooks from 1940 through 1985.

Subseries 3. contains the military records and documents, military flight records, 2688th Air Reserve Center correspondence, and Texas A and M Civilian Pilot Training Program records of Guy A. Davis.

The second series, Clothing and Uniforms, consists of items retained by Davis from his military, commercial, and civil flying experiences. Noteworthy is a leather flying helmet with goggles in very good condition.

The third series, Davis Airlines, consists of archival materials related to the airline and is further organized into two subseries: 1. Documents and 2. Scrapbooks.

Subseries 1. consists of Davis Airlines documents, awards and honors, corporate records, correspondence, stationery and forms, stock certificates, history, and statistical and operational documents.

Subseries 2. consists of Davis Airlines scrapbook files containing documents, ephemera, and photographs from 1965 through 1979.

The fourth series, Equipment and Instruments, consists of four pilot's navigational and flight management instruments and computers.

The fifth series, Images, is further organized into two subseries: 1. 35mm Slides and 2. Photographs:

Subseries 1. contains 35mm slides depicting Davis Airlines aircraft, operations, and personnel.

Subseries 2. contains photographs depicting 5th Ferry Group aircraft, Davis Airlines aircraft, operations, and personnel, Guy A. Davis in military and commercial settings, the Texas A and M Civilian Pilot Training Program, and the Pacific Theater of WWII.

The sixth series, Manuscripts, consists of brief stories penned by Guy Davis (none of which are dated) depicting various experiences and encounters during his flying career, some of which were written at the request of members of the Confederate Air Force of which he was an active member.

The seventh series, Maps and Charts, consists of navigation aids and is further organized into four subseries:

Subseries 1. contains WWII era maps of Fiji, The Philippine Islands, New Guinea, Papau, and Australia.

Subseries 2. contains aviators' planning charts for the United States.

Subseries 3. consists of Sectional Aeronautical Charts depicting the Texas cities of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

Subseries 4. contains a World Aeronautical Chart depicting the central United States.

The eighth series, Memorabilia, consists of items retained by Davis from his military, Davis Airlines, and civil flying activities. Noteworthy are his military uniform insignia, badges, and medals as well as the Davis Airlines corporate seal and wall signs.

The ninth series, Publications, is further organized into eight subseries:

Subseries 1. consists of booklets depicting the Daedalian organization and a variety of commuter airline topics.

Subseries 2. consists of brochures depicting Cessna aircraft and the Piper Tri-Pacer.

Subseries 3. consists of manuals for various military aircraft, Davis Airlines, Rio Airways, Inc., and instrument flying.

Subseries 4. consists of newsletters from various organizations.

Subseries 5. consists of newspapers from "Bryan Daily Eagle", "The Dallas Morning News", and "The Pictorial Press". Of particular interest are contemporary articles pertaining to the Apollo 11 lunar mission.

Subseries 6. consists of periodicals depicting aviation topics, each of which features a story about Davis Airlines and/or Guy A. Davis.

Subseries 7. consists of programs from the American Society of Animal Sciences and the Lonestar 500 auto race.

Subseries 8. consists of annual reports pertaining to the City of College Station, Texas, and the commuter airlines industry.

The tenth series, Wall Signage, consists of three Davis Airlines wall signs bearing the airline's fox logo which were used at the airline's business counters.

Dates

  • 1940 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1978

Language of Materials

Materials in the collection are 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

Guy A. Davis was born August 26, 1920, in White City, Texas, and remained a Texan until his death on September 13, 2000. He was a consummate aviator who made a significant contribution to the commuter airline industry in the state as the co-founder of Davis Airlines with his wife, the former May Bell Nunn. At his death, he was survived by his wife, three sons (Guy H. Davis, Roland O. Davis, and Gary W. Davis) and a daughter (Diane "Sissy" Davis.)

Davis started flying in 1935 and soloed in a Taylor E-2 Cub at age 15. After his high school graduation in 1939, he enrolled in college at Texas A and M, class of 1943, and joined the university’s Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1940. In 1941, Davis became an instructor in the program, teaching aerobatics in the Meyers OTW, WACO UPF-7, and Boeing Stearman.

During WWII, Davis served as a civilian pilot in the USAAC Ferry Command with the 5th Ferry Group stationed at Dallas Love Field and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1943 flying P-39s, P-40s, and P-51s in the United States, Alaska, and the Caribbean. Two tours in the Pacific Theater followed with the Transport Command (later Air Transport Command) for which he flew C-54s, C-47s, and B-25s. During his 14 months in the Pacific, he was awarded six battle stars.

Following the war, Davis joined the Air Force Reserve (with which he remained until 1964, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel) and joined his father at Davis Auto Supply. He also became a partner in Bowles-Davis Flying Service, which provided crop dusting and charter services.

In 1965, Davis and his wife founded Davis Airlines at Easterwood Airport, College Station, Texas. Davis Airlines, the second commuter airline in Texas, grew to serve routes from Bryan/College Station to Dallas and Houston with a variety of aircraft: Beechcraft Bonanza, Piper PA-31 Navajo, Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six, Beechcraft Model 18 "Twin Beech", de Havilland Canada Twin Otter, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander, and Cessna 402 Businessliner. At its peak in 1977, Davis Airlines served about four thousand passengers each month with 32 daily scheduled flights. Davis and his wife owned and operated the local commuter service accident free for twelve years, selling Davis Airlines to Rio Airways in 1978 for $2 million.

Davis was a member of numerous flying, civic, and religious organizations, notably Quiet Birdmen and Order of Daedalians. He started and sponsored Easter Seals Flights for Easter Seals Society for eight years, served as a CAA Designated Pilot Examiner (Private and Commercial) for eleven years, was on the board of the National Air Transport Association, and was Past President of the Commuter Airlines Association. In 1990, Davis was inducted into the Blue Max Society, honoring his exemplary community service.

At the end of his 65-year flying career, Davis had logged approximately 18,000 hours in over 100 types of aircraft.

Source

Source
"Davis Airlines Collection," Biographical notes, Folder 3, Box 1, Series I, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

22.91 Linear Feet (Five manuscript boxes, one photo print box (5.5x7.5x12), one photo album box (18x13x5), two memorabilia boxes (12.5x19x2), one non-standard box (14x18x2), one non-standard box (31.5x23.5x3), and one non-standard box (19.5x25.5x2.5).)

Abstract

Guy A. Davis is known for his many contributions to the commuter airlines industry, particularly in the state of Texas as co-founder of Davis Airlines at Easterwood Airport, College Station, Texas, with his wife (the former May Bell Nunn.) At the end of his 65 year flying career he had logged over 18,000 hours on over 100 types of aircraft. The collection contains artifacts and archival material collected by him, both personal papers and materials assembled during his career in the fields of military and civil aviation.

Series Description

The Davis Airlines Collection is arranged in ten series:

Series I. Personal Papers 1.07 linear feet (one manuscript box and ten folders), 1940-2000.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. Documents, 2. Pilot Logbooks, and 3. Military Records.

Subseries 1. Documents 0.52 linear feet (five folders), 1940-2000.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 2. Pilot Logbooks 0.4 linear feet (one manuscript box), 1940-1985.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 3. Military Records 0.15 linear feet (five folders), 1940-1967.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series II. Clothing and Equipment 3.6 linear feet (one non-standard box and one photo album box), Undated.

Arranged by size to fit container.

Series III. Davis Airlines 1.17 linear feet (nineteen folders), 1952-1996.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. Documents and 2. Scrapbooks.

Subseries 1.Documents 0.63 linear feet (eleven folders), 1952-1996.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 2. Scrapbooks 0.54 linear feet (eight folders), 1965-1979.

Arranged chronologically and in original order.

Series IV. Equipment and Instruments 0.7 linear feet (one photo storage box), 1946-1962.

Arranged by size to fit container.

Series V. Images 0.14 linear feet (seven folders), 1940-2000.

Arranged in two subseries: 1. 35mm Slides and 2. Photographs.

Subseries 1. 35mm Slides 0.02 linear feet (one folder), Undated.

Arranged by subject.

Subseries 2. Photographs 0.12 linear feet (six folders), 1940-2000.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series VI. Manuscripts 0.02 linear feet (one folder), 1990-1991.

Arranged in original order.

Series VII. Maps and Charts 0.10 linear feet (five folders), 1943-1999.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Foreign Locations, 2. Planning Charts, 3. Sectional Aeronautical Charts, and 4. World Aeronautical Charts.

Subseries 1. Foreign Locations 0.02 linear feet (one folder), 1943-1944.

Arranged in original order.

Subseries 2. Planning Charts 0.04 linear feet (two folders), 1956-1966.

Arranged in original order.

Subseries 3. Sectional Aeronautical Charts 0.02 linear feet (one folder), 1966-1999.

Arranged in original order.

Subseries 4. World Aeronautical Chart 0.02 linear feet (one folder), 1998.

Arranged in original order.

Series VIII. Memorabilia 2.0 linear feet (two memorabilia boxes), 1942-1966.

Arranged by size to fit container.

Series IX. Publications 2.71 linear feet (one non-standard box and 24 folders), 1956-1990.

Arranged in eight subseries: 1. Booklets, 2. Brochures, 3. Manuals, 4. Newsletters, 5. Newspapers, 6. Periodicals, 7. Programs, and 8. Reports.

Subseries 1. Booklets 0.08 linear feet (four folders), 1970-1990.

Arranged alphabetically by booklet title.

Subseries 2. Brochures 0.04 linear feet (two folders), 1956.

Arranged alphabetically by brochure title.

Subseries 3. Manuals 0.19 linear feet (eight folders), 1943-1977.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 4. Newsletters 0.03 linear feet (one folder), 1970-1975.

Arranged alphabetically by organization name.

Subseries 5. Newspapers 2.1 linear feet (one non-standard box), 1968-1977.

Arranged alphabetically by newspaper name then chronologically.

Subseries 6. Periodicals 0.09 linear feet (three folders), 1967-1979.

Arranged alphabetically by periodical title.

Subseries 7. Programs 0.06 linear feet (two folders), 1972-1976.

Arranged alphabetically by program title.

Subseries 8. Reports 0.12 linear feet (four folders), 1968-1977.

Arranged alphabetically by report title.

Series X. Wall Signage 11.4 linear feet (two objects), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Davis Airlines Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Gary Davis, son of Guy A. Davis, on November 27, 2012.

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines were pulled and catalogued to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine stacks.

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, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air America 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: 5DAC-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

DAC = Davis Airlines Collection

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

The materials in this collection are in good condition considering the age and the types of paper used. Because the collection was inventoried at an earlier date, the original order is presumed to have been retained except where size considerations necessitated reorganization. The series identification established during the original inventory has also been retained.

Images in this collection remain in the groupings in which they were originally found and will be located both in topic specific folders as well as in scrapbooks in which they were originally placed.

The collection has been reprocessed with staples removed from documents and images appropriately interleaved with acid-free paper or placed in polypropylene sleeves.

Material Removed List

6.3 linear feet of duplicate newspapers were removed and recycled due to their deteriorated condition.
Title
Guide to the Davis Airlines Collection, 1965-1978
Status
Completed
Author
Randall P. Hinshaw
Date
2016-09-02
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-02-06.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-02-06: 1st revision was an update of the biographical sketch and addition of more subject terms by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

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

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