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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Braniff Airlines Bankruptcy Case Files, 1980-1983



Creator Braniff Airways
Creator Lebl, Duane Charles
Title: Braniff Airlines bankruptcy case files
Dates: 1980-1983
Abstract: Comprising photocopies of applications, statements, proceedings, articles, and additional legal records gathered by Duane Lebl, the Braniff Airlines bankruptcy case files chronicle the bankruptcy court case for Braniff International Airways in the early 1980s, especially the administration of the airline prior to its closure.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02695
Extent: 5 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Historical Note

Two years after founding another airline, Paul and Tom Braniff established Braniff Airways, Inc., which originally flew passengers between Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls, Texas. By its 20th anniversary in 1950, the airline had moved its headquarters to Dallas, Texas, and had launched international flights to Canada, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In 1964, Troy Post of the Greatamerica Corporation purchased Braniff Airways, which was re-incorporated in 1973 as the Braniff International Corporation to include Braniff Airways, Braniff Hotels, Braniff Realty, and Braniff Education Systems. Following the U. S. Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, the airline expanded its number of airplanes and destinations, including the first Concorde service in the United States. This increased the company's debt, which eventually led to Braniff's closure in May 1982. The next year, Jay Pritzker of Hyatt Hotels reorganized the airline as the Dalfort Corporation, which operated Braniff, Inc., until it too filed for bankruptcy in 1990. Jeffery Chodorow and Scot Spencer then bought the airlines and subsequently stole $14 million from the company, resulting in its end in 1992 and jail terms for the two men.

Sources:

Braniff Collection, History of Aviation Collection in Special Collections, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas. Accessed May 4, 2011. http://www.utdallas.edu/library/collections/speccoll/hacpdf/Braniff.pdf.

Watts, B. "Braniff International Airways, History." The Braniff Pages. Accessed May 4, 2011. http://www.braniffpages.com/.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising photocopies of applications, statements, proceedings, articles, and additional legal records gathered by Duane Lebl, the Braniff Airlines Bankruptcy Case Files, 1980-1983, chronicle the bankruptcy court case for Braniff International Airways in the early 1980s. The collection concerns the administration of the airline prior to its closure in 1982, the affect of the bankruptcy on employees and other companies, as well as plans by Hyatt Hotels to acquire and reorganize Braniff Airways. Additionally, the collection includes Lebl's notes on the case and meetings with executives at the airline that he made while researching the bankruptcy for his University of Texas at Austin master's thesis.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored remotely; contact repository in advance for retrieval.

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
Lebl, Duane Charles
Corporate Names
Braniff Airways
Subjects
Bankruptcy
Places
Dallas
Texas
United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Braniff Airlines Bankruptcy Case Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

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Accession Number

85-227

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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85-227/1 [05298952] Application for legal fees
March 1983-May 1983
August 19, 1983
August 23, 1983, September 6-7, 1983
September 8, 1983-October 4, 1983
Applications for attorneys' fees, May 1983-July 1983, August 1983
Duplicate applications for attorney fees, 1983
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85-227/2 [05298920] May 24, 1983- December 13, 1983
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85-227/3 [05298883] April 28, 1983-September 19, 1983
000204-000249
Meeting, September 1, 1983
Braniff database
March 31, 1983-June 20, 1983
August 24, 1983-October 12, 1983
Bankruptcy proceeding records, 482-0377-00369
July 1 disclosure statement
000088-000152, June 2, 1983-September 12, 1983
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85-227/4 [05298760] 000001-000026
000043-000087
000367-000496
September 7, 1983-January 18, 1984
Hyatt, plan of reorganization, June 28, 1983
000266, September 8, 1983
June 13, 1983-December 9, 1983
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85-227/5 [05298894] June 20, 1983
000154-000201
001006-001074
November 23, 1983-December 15, 1983
Articles from Schlinke

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