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Willis B. Smith Collection on Western Airlines (MS-00123)

Abstract

The Willis B. Smith Collection (1958) on Western Airlines consists of two news releases from Western Airlines about the company's history and two letters to Willis B. Smith. The collection describes the founding of Western Airlines and its early flights from Salt Lake City, Utah to Los Angeles, California. It also contains a color photograph of a Western Air DC-10 airliner in flight.

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Date
1958, undated
Extent
0.2 Cubic Feet (2 folders (shared box), 1 flat file)
0.2 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Scope and Contents

The Willis B. Smith Collection (1958) on Western Airlines consists of two news releases from Western Airlines about the company's history and two letters to Willis B. Smith. The collection describes the founding of Western Airlines and its early flights from Salt Lake City, Utah to Los Angeles, California. It also contains a color photograph of a Western Air DC-10 airliner in flight.

Biographical / Historical Note

Western Airlines operated between 1926 and 1987 when it merged with Delta Airlines. They began operation as Western Air Express on April 17, 1926, flying between Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California via Las Vegas, Nevada as the first commercial air flight to carry United States mail. On May 23, 1926, Western Air Express started carrying passengers. In 1941, they changed their name to Western Airlines. Western Airlines and Delta Airlines merged on April 1, 1987.

Source:

Delta Flight Museum, Western Airlines History. https://www.deltamuseum.org/exhibits/delta-history/family-tree/western-airlines. Last accessed 08 July 2015.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Preferred Citation

Willis B. Smith Collection on Western Airlines, 1958. MS-00123. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::MS00123
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 1975 by Willis B. Smith; accession number 75-89-1.

Processing Information

Materials were processed by Special Collections staff. In 2015, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Angela Moor revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards. In 2018, Angela Moor described additional material in the collection.

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