University of Texas Arlington

PATCO Records for the Southwest Region:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (Washington, D.C.). Southwest Region.
Title: PATCO Records for the Southwest Region
Dates: 1968-1986
Identification: AR291
Extent: 14 boxes (7.58 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), Southwest Region, was established on January 3, 1968, with a membership of fifteen. Slowdowns, sick-ins, and a fractious relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration characterized the union's brief, but turbulent life. The decision to strike for higher pay and improved safety standards proved disastrous. The strike of 15,000 PATCO members, which began on August 3, 1981, resulted in the firing of most of the members by President Ronald Reagan and the eventual decertification of the union.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, memoranda, news releases, annual reports, newsletters, photographs, collective bargaining material, grievances, facility change forms, questionnaires, membership lists, tower files, posters, and a lithograph.


The records are organized in three series:
  • Series A: Office Files
  • Series B: Tower Files
  • Series C: Lithograph, Photographs and Posters
Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically.



Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (Washington, D.C.). Southwest Region--Records and correspondence.
Air traffic controllers--Labor unions--Southwestern States.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

AR389: Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization Records, Local 601, Anchorage, Alaska

Administrative Information


PATCO Records for the Southwest Region, AR291, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.


Gift of Faye Henry, 1988.

Processing Information

Newspaper clippings were photocopied and originals were discarded. Duplicates were also discarded.

Container List

Series A: Office Files

Box Folder
1 1 Agreements, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1980
2 Air Traffic Control - Reports, 1975, 1982
3 Arbitration Procedures - Excerpt from book, undated
4 Calendar, November 1976 - December 1977
5 Career Committee Report, 1970
6 Cartoons, undated
Box Folder
OS170 1 Certificates, 1968
Box Folder
1 7 Collective Bargaining, 1976-1981, undated
Basic text, memoranda, agreements, report, constitution, guideline, checklist, resolution.
8 Computer Outages, 1979-1980, undated
Correspondence, news release, newsletter, newspaper clippings, notes.
9 Correspondence, July 1978
10 Correspondence, August 1978
11 Correspondence, September 1978
12 Correspondence, October 1978
13 Correspondence, November 1978
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, December 1978
2 Correspondence, January 1979
3 Correspondence, February 1979
4 Correspondence, March 1979
5 Correspondence, April 1979
6 Correspondence, May 1979
7 Correspondence, June 1979
8 Correspondence, July 1979
9 Correspondence, August 1979
10 Correspondence, September 1979
11 Correspondence, October 1979
Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence, November 1979
2 Correspondence, December 1979
3 Correspondence, January 1980
4 Correspondence, February 1980
5 Correspondence, March 1-17, 1980
6 Correspondence, March 18-31, 1980
Box Folder
4 1 Correspondence, April 1-15, 1980
2 Correspondence, April 16-30, 1980
3 Correspondence, May 1-15, 1980
4 Correspondence, May 16-30, 1980
5 Correspondence, June 2-12, 1980
6 Correspondence, June 13-30, 1980
Box Folder
5 1 Correspondence, July 1980
2 Correspondence, August 1-15, 1980
3 Correspondence, August 18-29, 1980
4 Correspondence, September 2-15, 1980
5 Correspondence, September 16-30, 1980
6 Correspondence, October 1-16, 1980
Box Folder
6 1 Correspondence, October 20-31, 1980
2 Correspondence, November 3-14, 1980
3 Correspondence, November 15-26, 1980
4 Correspondence, December 1980
5 Correspondence, January - September, 1981
6 Debtor's Petition, 1981
7 Eitel, Darryl L. Grievance, 1971-1979
Guidelines, jury summons, correspondence, checklist.
8 Equal Employment Opportunity, 1978
9 Failor, Dick, 1981
Minutes, memoranda.
10 Faulk, John Henry, undated
Addresses on tape.
Box Folder
7 1 Federal Aviation Administration Versus PATCO, undated
Excerpt from book.
2 Federal Labor Relations Authority, 1978-1980
Report, correspondence.
3 Green, Gary, 1981-1983, undated
Newsletter, correspondence, list, notes.
4 Imprisoned Controller Family Support Fund, 1983
5 Labor Studies, 1981
Articles 1-34.
6 Labor Studies, 1981
Articles 35-97.
7 Legal Documents, 1981
8 Management Rights, undated
Excerpt from book.
9 Memoranda, 1979-1983, undated
10 Merit Systems Protection Board, 1979
Box Folder
8 1 Miscellaneous, 1980-1982, undated
Quarterly Report, newspaper clipping, bulletin, tickets, notice, blank forms, poster, buttons.
2 Negotiation Files, 1980, January - March 17, 1981
Request, correspondence, report.
3 Negotiation Files, March 19 - August, 1981, undated
Reports, correspondence, list.
4 Negotiation Files (Distributed Proposal), 1980
5 Negotiation Files (FAA Proposal), 1981
6 Negotiation Files (Working Proposal), 1981
7 Office of the Special Counsel, 1979
8 Organizational Material, 1970-1971, undated
Constitution, structure, articles, guideline, agreement, report.
9 Photographs of Negotiating Team, 1981
Box Folder
9 1 Press Releases, 1980-1982
2 Safety, 1979-1981
Mailgram, memoranda, speech, news releases, analysis of plane crash, system error reports.
3 Safety (Snafu Intersection), 1980, undated
Newspaper clippings, letter to editor, address.
4 Staffing, 1980, 1981, 1986
Memoranda, report on work force.
5 Statements, 1979-1980
Statement before the Subcommittee on Aviation, statement before the House Committee on Government Operations.
6 Strike Material, 1981-1982, undated
Correspondence, magazine article, special report, newsletters, cartoons, petition form.
7 Television News Transcripts, 1981
8 Travel Reports, June 1971-May 1972
Correspondence, expense reports.
9 Travel Reports, June 1972-June 1975, undated
Correspondence, expense reports.
10 United States Air Traffic Controllers Organization, 1983, undated
Correspondence, newspaper articles, invoice, logos, list of constitution committee members, articles of incorporation, blank membership form.

Series B: Tower Files

Box Folder
9 11 Abilene Approach, 1971-1978
Correspondence, income tax returns, labor organization annual report, telegram.
12 Addison Tower, 1971-1978, undated
Questionnaire, correspondence, work schedule, change requests, list, note.
Box Folder
10 1 Ardmore Tower, 1969, 1972-1978
Correspondence, labor-management report, change request, income tax return.
2 Baton Rouge Tower, 1969-1978, undated
Correspondence, newsletter, special bulletins, affidavit, labor organization annual report, membership lists, change request, procedures, unsatisfactory condition report, notes.
3 Beaumont Tower, 1972-1978
Correspondence, application for employer identification number, change request, certificate of death, labor organization annual report.
4 Brownsville Tower, 1974-1978
Letter of agreements, correspondence, change requests, labor organization annual report.
5 Clinton/Sherman, Oklahoma, 1976-1978
Correspondence, change request, memoranda, application for employer identification number, income tax return.
6 Dallas/Fort Worth Tower, 1975
System error reports, correspondence.
7 Dallas/Fort Worth TRACON, 1971-1976
Performance standards, questionnaire, correspondence, monthly status reports, newsletters, handbook, list of faults, safety report, labor-management report, memoranda, list of members, income tax return, grievance record.
8 Dallas/Fort Worth TRACON, 1977-1978, undated
Memoranda, labor organization annual report, income tax return, change requests, grievances, outline, list of employees, by-laws, map, postcard, leaflet, pamphlet.
9 Enid Tower, 1974-1975, undated
Correspondence, collateral duty assignments, income tax return, labor organization annual report, change requests.
10 Esler Tower (Alexandria, Louisiana), 1975-1978, undated
Correspondence, change requests, labor organization annual report.
11 Drake Tower (Fayetteville, Arkansas), 1973-1978, undated
Correspondence, memoranda, monthly summaries, facility rating guide, watch list, daily operation record, unsatisfactory condition report.
Box Folder
11 1 Federal Aviation Administration Academy, 1970-1978, undated
Memoranda, lists, pamphlet, correspondence, legal document, classroom schedule, bulletin, notes.
2 Gregg County, 1969-1978, undated
Handbook, correspondence, memoranda, notice, labor organization annual reports, facility representative changes.
3 Harlingen Tower, 1975-1981
Memoranda, correspondence, labor organization annual report.
4 Hobbs Tower, 1972-1978, undated
Memoranda, correspondence, labor organization report, income tax return, change requests, list.
5 Hobby Tower (Houston, Texas), 1971-1978, undated
Correspondence, letter of agreement, grievance, expense policy, notes, memoranda, application, requests for personnel action, labor-management report, labor organization annual reports, change requests.
6 Lakefront Tower, 1971-1978, undated
Correspondence, questionnaire, memoranda, change request, income tax return, notes.
7 Laredo Tower, 1976-1977, undated
Correspondence, memoranda, change requests, labor-management annual report.
8 Little Rock Tower, 1971-1975
Invoice, memoranda, correspondence, list, prescription, notes.
Box Folder
12 1 Little Rock Tower, 1976-1979, undated
Correspondence, proclamation, labor organization annual reports, list of new employees, progress report, promotion plan, change requests, memoranda, safety report, income tax return, evaluation form.
2 Lubbock Tower, 1972-1978, undated
Roster, memoranda, correspondence, change of address form, labor organization annual reports, change requests.
3 McAllen Tower, 1974-1976, undated
Correspondence, memoranda.
4 Midland Tower, 1969-1978, undated
Correspondence, questionnaire, monthly report, memoranda, membership list, change requests, labor organization annual report, income tax return, safety checklist.
5 Moisant Tower (New Orleans, Louisiana), 1971-1978, undated
Correspondence, memoranda, monthly report, newsletter, change requests, performance evaluation record, income tax return, by-laws, notes.
6 Monroe Tower (Monroe, Louisiana), 1971-1978
Correspondence, memoranda, change request, labor-management report.
7 Pine Bluff Tower (Pine Bluff, Arkansas), 1974-1978, undated
Correspondence, memoranda, change requests, labor organization annual report, income tax return, note.
8 Plainview Tower, 1972-1978, undated
Memoranda, correspondence, change requests, evaluation worksheet.
9 Oklahoma City RAPCON Tower, 1969-1978, undated
Correspondence, memoranda, notice, complaint form, labor organization annual reports, change requests, list, notes.
Box Folder
13 1 Riverside Tower (Jenks, Oklahoma), 1968-1978, undated
Memoranda, correspondence, notes, labor organization annual reports, change requests, income tax return, counseling report, schedule, a definition.
2 Roswell Tower (Roswell, New Mexico), 1971-1978
Memoranda, correspondence, income tax return.
3 San Angelo Tower, 1971-1977, undated
Questionnaire, correspondence, monthly report, memoranda, labor organization annual report, change request, address change.
4 San Antonio Tower, 1970-1978, undated
Petition, memoranda, correspondence, monthly report, registration reports, change requests, labor-management report, notes.
5 San Jose Control Tower, 1981
Accident Report.
6 Sante Fe Tower, 1971-1978, undated
Correspondence, registration report, memoranda, newspaper clipping.
7 Shreveport Downtown Tower, 1969, 1971-1978
Correspondence, questionnaire, memoranda, change requests.
8 Shreveport RAPCON Tower, 1970-1978
Correspondence, memoranda, questionnaire, telegram, list of controllers, change requests, labor organization annual report, petition, system error report, income tax returns.
9 Stinson Tower (San Antonio, Texas), 1971-1978, undated
Memoranda, questionnaire, correspondence, labor-management report, change requests, income tax return, notes.
10 Texarkana Tower, 1971-1978, undated
Correspondence, memoranda, application, notes, list, labor-management report, change request, labor organization annual reports, income tax return.
11 Tulsa Tower, 1971-1978, undated
List of employees, questionnaire, correspondence, memoranda, change requests, list of controllers organizations, legal document, petition, list of PATCO objectives.
12 Tyler Tower, 1970-1978
Correspondence, memoranda, change requests.
13 Waco Tower, 1974-1978, undated
Memoranda, change requests, correspondence, labor organization annual report, income tax return.
14 West Memphis Tower, 1976-1978, undated
Memoranda, correspondence, tax exemption request, grievance record, labor organization annual report, change request.
15 Wiley Post Tower, 1972-1978, undated
Correspondence, memoranda, booklets, change requests, labor-management report, unsatisfactory condition report, labor organization annual reports.

Series C: Lithograph, Photographs and Posters

Box Folder
OS174 2 Watercolor of upraised fist holding headset, undated
3 Lithograph showing arrest of Steve Wallaert president of PATCO local #291, Norfolk Tower, undated
4 Color photograph of Braniff Terminal, undated
2 feet × 2 feet.
5 Color photograph of air controller monitoring radar screen, undated
2 feet × 20 inches.
6 Color photograph showing three controllers at work in the control tower, undated
22 inches × 20 inches.
7 Color photograph showing night view from control tower, undated
2 feet × 20 inches.
8 Color photograph showing exterior of control tower, undated
2 feet × 20 inches.
9 Color photograph of interior view of control tower, undated
23½ inches × 20 inches.
10 Color photograph of interior view of control tower, undated
2 feet × 2 feet.
11 Color photograph of air traffic controller watching radar screen, undated
2 feet × 20 inches.