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Lawrence E. De Leon Photograph Collection

Identifier: H025-82

Scope and Content

The collection contains approximately 1,700 black and white photographs and negatives collected by Lawrence E. De Leon. The Lawrence E. De Leon Photograph Collection is housed in five negative storage boxes totaling 2.0 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fair condition. The subjects of the photographs and negatives are airplanes built or manufactured between 1909 and 1975. The processing archivists imposed order and identified three series with the first series being the Manufacturers, U.S. Series, which is further organized alphabetically by manufacturer’s name: 1. Abrams to Andover, 2. Barrage Balloon to Brewster, 3. Cessna to Convair, 4. Cunningham-Hall to Curtiss, 5. Douglas, 6. Erco to Edo, 7. Fairchild to Fisher, 8. Ford, 9. G and A to Grumman, 10. Hall Aluminum to Hughes, 11. Interstate, 12. Kinner, 13.Laird to Luscombe, 14. Mahler-Weber to Mooney, 15. Naval Aircraft Factory to Northrop, 16. Orenco, 17. Piasecki to Porterfield, 18. Rearwin to Ryan, 19. Schweizer to Stits, 20. TEMCO to Travel Air, 21. Vought to Vultee, and 22. WACO to Wright Brothers.

The second series is the Topics Series, which is organized alphabetically by topic: 1. Personalities, 2. Miscellaneous, 3. Missiles, 4. Unidentified, 5. World War I, and 6. World War II.

The third series is the Manufacturers, Foreign Series, which is further organized alphabetically by manufacturer’s name: 1. Ago to AVRO, 2. Bachem to Burnelli, 3. Canadair to Chyetverikov, 4. DeHavilland to Dornier, 5. English Electric, 6. Fairey to Fuji-Kokuki, 7. General Aircraft to Graf Zeppelin, 8. Handley Page to Huff-Deland, 9. Ilmailuinsinoorien/Kerho to Ishikawajima, 10. Junkers, 11. Kaman to Klemm, 12. L.W.F. Engine Company, 13. Macchi to Morane-Saulnier, 14. Nakajima to Nieuport, 15. Percival to P.Z.L., 16. Regianne to Royal Aircraft Factory, 17. SAAB to Svenska, 18. Tachikawa to Tupolev, 19. Valtion Lentokonetehdas to Vickers, 20. Watanabe to Westland, 21. Yakolev to Yokosuka, and 22. Zeppelin.


  • 1909 - 1975
  • Majority of material found within 1919 - 1945

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

Lawrence E. De Leon was a resident of Lewisville, Texas. No additional biographical information was provided at the time of the donation or at the time of the creation of this finding aid.


2.0 Linear Feet (Five negative storage boxes (5.75x12.0x4.5).)

Series Description

The Lawrence E. De Leon Photograph Collection is arranged in three series:

Series I. Manufacturers, U.S.

1.5 linear ft. (three negative storage boxes and six folders), undated.

Arranged alphabetically by manufacturer's name.

Series II. Topics 0.1 linear ft. (six folders), 1919-1945.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Manufacturers, Foreign 0.4 linear ft. (one negative storage box), undated.

Arranged alphabetically by manufacturer's name.

Provenance Statement

The Lawrence E. De Leon Negatives Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Lawrence E. De Leon on 1982-09-21.

Additional Sources

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

History of Aviation Archives.

Books and Magazines

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

Other Separated Materials

Some materials have been absorbed by the History of Aviation Collection flat files and/or Aircraft Manufacturers' Collection.

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: 5LED-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

LED = Lawrence E. De Leon Photograph 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

Although each photograph and negative in the collection has been assigned a unique, sequential number, several individuals processed this collection and the researcher will find that some sequential numbers have not been assigned. Nonetheless, the collection is presumed to be complete.

The condition of the bulk of the collection’s photographs is fair to poor since they have been removed from album pages to which they were originally affixed. Many are creased, slightly torn, or bear residual mounting tape, corner mounts, and/or album page fragments on the back of the photographs.

Some of the photographs are captioned on the back of the photograph; and many more photographs are captioned in ink in one of the photographs' borders (typically the bottom border.) Still other photographs have been professionally produced with names and identifying information incorporated into the photographs themselves.
Guide to the Lawrence E. De Leon Photographs Collection
John Luckadoo, George Smith, Randall P. Hinshaw
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Language of description
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Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-04-15.

Revision Statements

  • 020-04-15: 1st revision was an update of the finding aid to a new format 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
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