A Guide to the Rossi L. Selvaggi Papers
Born in Austin, Texas, Rossi Lucian Selvaggi (1927-2008) enlisted in the U.S. Navy for three years before graduating from the Officer Candidate School in 1949. During the Vietnam War, he developed a training program for Southeast Asian officers at Air University. In 1958, Selvaggi received a Master’s in history from the University of Texas at Austin after completing his thesis, A History of Randolph Air Base. Following his retirement from the military in 1978, he worked at Texas Instruments, then the University of Texas at Austin Industrial Education Department.
Sheridan, Eddie, ed. Air War College Commemorative History. Turner Publishing Company: Kentucky. 2004. 64. Accessed February 28, 2011. http://books.google.com/books?id=hRiVLRHWCT4C “Selvaggi, Lt. Col. Rossi Lucian.” Rootsweb. Accessed February 28, 2011.
The Rossi L. Selvaggi Papers, 1958, comprise research materials, including correspondence and photographs, used by Selvaggi to write his 1958 thesis on Randolph Air Base. The correspondence is primarily typed letters between Selvaggi and the aircraft companies that produced aircrafts used at Randolph Air Base, including Boeing Airplane Company and North American Aviation. The letters are arranged in different folders according to company and include photographs of the companies’ planes. Another folder labeled “Personal anecdotes” contains several photographs of Randolph Field and correspondence between Selvaggi and people who were previously stationed at Randolph Air Base.
This collection is open for research use.
Rossi L. Selvaggi Papers, 1927-2008, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers