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Clara Talley Kingston Papers

Identifier: H025-11

Scope and Content

This collection contains, documents, charts, navigational tools, flight rules and regulation, and other materials related to the operation of aircraft from the materials of Clara Talley Kingston, as well as her husband Robert Kingston, a Braniff Pilot. The Clara Talley Kingston Papers are housed in six manuscript boxes, and one record center totaling 4.0 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition and the archivist identified eight series with the first series being the Personal Papers Series, which includes personal information about Clara and Robert Kingston, their careers in aviation, correspondence, and Clara Kingston’s efforts to join the Women Air Forces Service Pilots (WASPs) in World War II.

The second series is the U.S. (United States) Federal Aviation Regulations, which contains booklets of regulations governing aviation passed by agencies of the United States Government including the Department of Commerce (DOC), Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The third series is the Air Navigation Series, which houses material about the navigation of aircraft through the air including instruction manuals, check lists, plotters, and charts and graphs.

The fourth series is the Instrument Flying Series, which contains material instructing pilots in the procedures necessary for instrument flying, including instruction manuals, proficiency tests, and checklists.

The fifth series is the Basics of Flight Series, which features manuals from the United States Department of Commerce that teach the basic principal of flight and aircraft operation.

The sixth series is the Weather and Meteorology Series, which includes material covering the uses of meteorology and weather in aircraft operation including means of forecasting, symbols and chart marking, and identifying cloud formations and weather phenomena.

The seventh series is the Aeronautical Charts Series, which consists of aeronautical charts and maps of cities and geographic features of the United States of America.

The eighth series is the Objects and Ephemera Series, which contains artifacts and ephemera including navigational implements, a toy aircraft and a pair of earplugs.


  • 1930 - 2004
  • Majority of material found within 1942 - 1974


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

Clara Talley Kingston was born on March 22, 1920. Learning to fly during the years prior to World War II, Clara expressed an interest in serving her country by applying to join the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) program in 1943. Although she was accepted to the program, Clara never got the chance to serve as the WASP program was cancelled before she reported for training. Clara remained interested in aviation issues, researching and collecting information, as well as reading widely about numerous aviation topics. She also kept detailed journals of many trips she took, which provide her opinions of the various aircraft she flew in, as well as detailing two ocean cruises taken in the 1970s.

Clara married Robert E. Kingston, a pilot with Braniff Airways, who also served in World War II in the Air Transport Command (ATC). The ATC was a program that trained civilian airline pilots to fly cargo and transport missions to support the Allied Forces in World War II. The collection contains material from the careers of both Clara and Robert Kingston. Clara passed away on January 29, 2010 in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.


"Clara Talley Kingston Papers," Clara Taley Kingston's Application for WASP Pilot Status, Item 2, Box 1, Series I Personal Papers, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
"Clara Talley Kingston Papers," Robert E. Kingston Pilot Logs, Item 3, Box 1, Series I Personal Papers, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source, Clara Talley Kingston. [online 12 October 2011].


4.0 Linear Feet ((Six manuscript boxes and one record center box).)

Series Description

The Clara Talley Kingston Papers are organized in eight series:

Series I. Personal Papers 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1943-2000.

Arranged chronologically.

Series II. United States Federal Aviation Regulations 0.25 linear ft. (half a manuscript box), 1942-1998.

Arranged chronologically.

Series III. Air Navigation 0.25 linear ft. (half a manuscript box), 1940-1942.

Arranged chronologically.

Series IV. Instrument Flying 0.25 linear ft. (half a manuscript box), 1944 1966.

Arranged chronologically.

Series V. Basics of Flight 0.25 linear ft. (half a manuscript box), 1940-1942.

Arranged chronologically.

Series VI. Weather and Meteorology 0.4 linear ft. (one manuscript box), 1940-1998.

Arranged chronologically.

Series VII. Aeronautical Charts 1.0 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes), 1959-2002.

Arranged alphabetically by city or geographic feature name.

Series VIII. Objects and Ephemera 1.0 linear ft. (one record center box), Undated.

Arranged topically.

Provenance Statement

The Clara Talley Kingston Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by a bequest of Clara Talley Kingston's estate on 2011-06-22.

Additional Sources

Additional information about Braniff Airways and the Air Transport Command can be found in The Braniff Collection and the Jack Jaynes Papers. Additional information about the Women's Air force Service Pilots can be found in the Delphine Bohn Papers. Additionally, many of the aviation topics discussed in the Clara Talley Kingston Papers are supplemented by material in the History of Aviation Collection's monograph and journal holdings.

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, 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: 5CTK-1-4-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

CTK = Clara Talley Kingston Papers

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

4 = 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

Materials in the Clara Talley Kingston Papers are in good condition, and pose no particular handling problems.

Guide to the Clara Talley Kingston Papers, 1920-2010
Thomas 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 Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-07-08.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-07-08: 1st revision was an update of the EAD location 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