Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

William Clent Breedlove:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1900-1953 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Breedlove, William Clent, 1900-1953
Title: William Clent Breedlove Papers,
Dates: 1900-1953 and undated
Abstract: Papers concerning William C. Breedlove's career as an aviation pilot and his aerial service in Lubbock, Texas.
Collection # S 110.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

William Clent Breedlove was a pioneer South Plains aviator who was born in 1900 in Wolfe City, Texas. As manager of the Lubbock Municipal Airport from 1930-1940 and as a pilot, he stimulated interest in South Plains aviation. As an Army Air Corps pilot, Breedlove participated in General Billy Mitchell's battleship bombing test in 1921. In the 1930s, he taught in the civilian pilot training program, a precursor to the war training service, during World War II. On December 20, 1941, Breedlove moved his aerial service to his commercial airport southwest of Lubbock, Texas. From there, he carried on a glider training program, and operated related training programs at Plainview and Lamesa, Texas. Breedlove retired in 1947 and died in 1953.

Scope and Contents

This collection has materials collected by William Clent Breedlove such as news clippings, legal material, publications, military service records, photographs, ledger, business and personal correspondence, and pilot log books concerning his career as an aviator, West Texas aviation, and the Breedlove Aerial Service in Lubbock, Texas.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Breedlove, William Clent, 1900-1953
Breedlove, William Clent, 1900-1953--Career in aeronautics
Subjects (Organizations)
Civilian Pilot Training Program (U.S.). Region IV--History
Clent Breedlove Aerial Service (Lubbock, Tex.)
Lubbock Municipal Airport (Lubbock, Tex.)
South Plains Glider School
Kelly Air Force Base (Tex.)--History
Lubbock (Tex.)--History
Plainview (Tex.)--History
Flight training
Flight training--Texas--Lubbock--History
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Aviation Photograph Collection, 1934-1947
  • William Clent Breedlove Photograph Collection, SWCPC 607
  • W. C. Breedlove Oversized Materials, O9.1
  • Abdon F. Holt oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • Aulyne King Breedlove oral history interview [sound recording], 1957
  • Bill Kingsberry oral history interview [sound recording]. 1982
  • Ernest E. Morrison oral history interview [sound recording], 1982
  • Jarvis R. Nowell oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Jarvis R. Nowell oral history interview [sound recording], 1981
  • Jimmy Vickers oral history interview [sound recording], 1982
  • Mary Breedlove Brewer oral history interview [sound recording], 1981
  • M.C. Carroll oral history interview [sound recording], 1982
  • Ray McLaren oral history interview [sound recording], 1982
  • Roy Bodeen oral history interview [sound recording], 1981
  • Truman Meinecke oral history interview [sound recording], 1981

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Clent Breedlove Papers, 1900-1953 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gifts, 1957

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, March 2002

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Air Races, 1932
2 Applications and Reports, 1942
3 Breedlove Aerial Service inventory, 1946
4 Career Pilot Training Program in Lubbock, 1942-1943
5 Correspondence, 1929-1952
6 Fem-In-Airs, undated
7 Lubbock Municipal Airport, proposed improvements, 1933
8 Licensed Certificates and Ids for Breedlove, 1939-1947
9 Lubbock, Texas Air Mail test, 1938
10 National Air Training Association Conferences, 1942-1946
11 Pilot Log Books, 1920-1946
12 Questions for Exams, undated



box folder
1 13 Civic, 1938-1953


Legal Material

box folder
1 14 Birth Certificate, 1900
15 Lubbock Aero Club, Creation of, 1937
16 Motor Vehicle transfer documents, 1927


Military Service

box folder
1 17 Army Flight Regulations, 1919-1921
18 Letters and Certificates, Breedlove's Service, 1919-1937
19 Lewis Machine Gun for Airplanes, 1918
20 Plainview Army Air Force Glider Training Department Base Plan, undated


Printed Material

box folder
1 21 Air Races, news clippings, 1936-1939
22 Airport Development, 1930s-1940s
23 Aviation, news clippings, 1930s-1940s
24 Breedlove Family, news clippings, 1940s
25 The Elementary Spelling Book, 1880
26 Lubbock Lions Club and Texas Tech Museum, 1944-1948
27 Lubbock Air Mail Test, news clippings, 1935-1938
28 Municipal Airport, news clippings, 1932-1939
29 Miscellaneous Aviation publications, 1920-1950 and undated
30 New Mexico publications, 1952-1953
31 Pilot Training Programs, news clippings, 1930-1945


Scrapbook Material

box folder
1 32 Licenses and Memberships in Civic Organizations, 1937-1951
33 Scrapbook on Aviation and the Navy, 1920-1930s
34 Foreign Currency, armbands, and miscellaneous, 1930s and undated



box folder
2 1 Air Shows and Barnstormers, undated
2 Airplanes, 1930s-1940s
3 Area Fields, Plainview and Lamesa, undated
4 Aviation, miscellaneous, undated
5 Commercial Airport in Lubbock, Texas, undated
6 Duplicate Set of photographs, undated
7 Early Municipal Pilots and Planes, undated
8 Military, World War I and II, undated
9 Pilots, portraits, undated
10 Texas Tech and pilot program, 1940s
11 Negatives of Duplicates, undated


Financial Material

box folder
3 1 Ledger of Comfort Official Register, 1934-1938