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David W. Ostrowski Collection

 Collection
Identifier: H052-08

Scope and Content

This collection contains mainly 8x10 black and white photographs that were created and/or collected by David W. Ostrowski during his lifetime supporting his hobby and lifelong interest in airplanes and aviation history. The David W. Ostrowski Collection is housed in fifteen manuscript boxes and one half-size manuscript box totalling 6.2 linear ft.

The collection arrived in multiple accessions, was well organized, and in good condition. The archivist identified three series with the first series being the Non-U.S. Manufacturers Series, which is further organized into three subseries: 1. Asian, 2. Canadian, and 3. European.

Subseries 1. features mainly World War II military aircraft.

Subseries 2. contains a mixture of World War II and post World War II miliary and civilian aircraft.

Subseries 3. consists of airplanes built from World War I through the early 1960's, both military and civilian, originating from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, and Romania.

The second series is the U.S. Manufacturers Series, which is also the largest series in this collection, listing companies producing both fixed and rotary wing military and civilian aircraft.

The third series is the Topic Series, encompassing airmail, airships, and racers.

Dates

  • 1918 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 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

David W. Ostrowski has a life-long interest in airplanes and aviation history. He was a graduate of Parks College of Aeronautical Technology at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. His career as an aeronautical engineer included working with: the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis, Missouri, the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland, the U.S. Army Material Command, Washington, D.C., and the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C. In addition, he was editor of Skyways, the Journal of the Airplane, 1920-1940.

Sources

Source
"David W. Ostrowski Collection," Note on Deed of Gift Paperwork, Holding File, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

6.2 Linear Feet (Fifteen manuscript boxes and one half-size manuscript box.)

Abstract

David W. Ostrowski has a life-long interest in airplanes and aviation history. He took pictures and collected photos from other photographers of U.S. and non-U.S manufactured military and civilian aircraft from World War I up to the jet age.

Series Description

The David W. Ostrowski Collection is organized in three series:

Series I. Non-U.S. Manufacturers 1.2 linear ft. (three manuscript boxes), 1918-1960.

Arranged in three subseries: 1. Asian, 2. Canadian, and 3. European.

Subseries 1. Asian 0.3 linear ft. (ten folders), 1945-1958.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 2. Canadian 0.1 linear ft. (four folders), undated.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries 3. European 0.8 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes and nine folders), 1918-1960.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series II. U.S. Manufacturers 4.8 linear ft. (twelve manuscript boxes), 1919-2007.

Arranged alphabetically by manufacturer's name.

Series III. Topic 0.2 linear ft. (one half-size manuscript box), 1919-1960.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Provenance Statement

The David W. Ostrowski Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by David W. Ostrowski in mulitple accessions from 2008 thorugh 2012.

Additional Sources

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

History of Aviation Archives, the Aircraft Manufacturer's Collection, and the Chance Vought Archive.

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 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: 5DWO-1-1-PB1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

DWO = David W. Ostrowski Collection

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 materials are housed in archival folders and the individual images were interleafed with acid-free paper.

Material Removed List

0.1 linear ft. (two folders), of duplicate photographs were de-accessioned.
Title
Guide to the David W. Ostrowski Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Christopher D. Ingelido.
Date
2016-06-28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English (eng)

Repository Details

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

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