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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Joseph M. Dawson, Sr., Papers, 1917-1947



Creator Dawson, Joseph M., Sr.
Title: Joseph M. Dawson, Sr., papers
Dates: 1917-1947
Identification: camh-arc-004155
Extent: 3 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Joseph M. Dawson, Sr., (1895-1946) was born in Haynesville, Louisiana. In 1915, he enrolled in the University of Texas; in 1917, Dawson entered the First Officers Training Camp at Leon Springs, near San Antonio, Texas. He transferred to the Air Corps and during World War I served as an instructor at the Memphis Flying Field. Dawson served as a stunt pilot promoting war bonds during World War I and survived multiple plane crashes.

After the war, Dawson returned to the University of Texas and received a geology degree in 1921. He worked as a petroleum geologist for companies including Gulf Production Company, Venezuelan Gulf company, Wheelock and Collins, W.L. Pickens, and H.J. Porter, exploring oil production in Southwest Texas, Venezuela, Indiana, and Missisippi.

Dawson was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the San Antonio Petroleum Club.

Dilworth Hager, "Memorial, Joseph Meadows Dawson," American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, July 1947.

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Scope and Contents

The Joseph M. Dawson, Sr., papers, 1917-1947, comprise a collection of photographs and documents from Dawson's time as a student pilot in the School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Texas, and then as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The collection includes Dawson's military records, special orders, and Air Service newspapers, as well as photograph albums of his time as a pilot.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Dawson, Joseph M., Sr.
Subjects
Air pilots, Military
World War (1914-1918)

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Separated Material

Military insignia have been separated to the Material Culture unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph M. Dawson, Sr., Papers, 1917-1947, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, November 2019.

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Accession Number

2019-194

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Photographs
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2.325/A100 [SRH1230000226] Military photographs 1917
Photographs, 2nd Red Cross drive, Obion County, Tennessee May 15, 1918
Photographs of Dawson, including airplane crash and other servicemen circa 1918
Photographs of airplanes and airplane crashes, including "mail car upsot at Whitehill" circa 1918
Photographs of Dawson and airplanes, including panoramic view of military base circa 1918
Photographs including Dawson, airplane crash, Tennessee children, aerial view of Georgetown, Texas, and Jenny airplane in Dauphin, Pennsylvania circa 1918
Photographs, airplane crash, Fulton, Kentucky 1918
Airplane photographs, including crashes 1919
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2.325/AAA63.1 [SRH1230025824] Photograph album, "My Army Life in Pictures" circa 1917-circa 1919
Photograph album, military photographs circa 1917-circa 1919
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2.325/A100 [SRH1230000226] Two oversized military photographs, including "S.M.A. Austin, Texas, Squadron 9" circa 1917-circa 1919
Printed materials and correspondence 1917-1919
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2.325/A100 [SRH1230000226] Military records including graduation program, special orders, and correspondence 1917-1947
Aero Club of America, aviator's certificate 1917
Air Service Institute of the U.S. card
Newspaper clippings circa 1918
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2.325/T15a [SRH1230002428] Park Field Airnat, newspaper, Park Field, Memphis, Tennessee December 20, 1918
Park Field Airnat, newspaper, Park Field, Memphis, Tennessee February 28, 1919
Air Service broadside circa 1917-circa 1919

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