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BOX 1-2 Diaries, 1939-1950
Typewritten diaries interleaved with carbon copies of correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper articles chronicling Towers's duties and activities during his naval career and while a vice president of Pan American Airways.
Arranged in chronological order.
BOX 1 1939, Feb. 2-1942, Oct. 2
(4 folders)
1943, Aug. 23-1946, July 1
(4 folders)
BOX 2 1946, July 2-1950, June 29
(4 folders)
BOX 2-4 Personal File, 1906-1962
Biographical sketches, family and naval correspondence, diplomatic papers and passport, medical records, orders for duty, and speeches and writings.
Arranged alphabetically by type of material and chronologically therein.
BOX 2 Biographical sketches, 1942-1962, undated
Correspondence
Congratulatory, 1942
Family
Towers, Mary C. (sister), 1906-1909
Towers, Mary N. (mother), 1908
Towers, Pierrette Anne Grandmont (wife), 1928-1951
BOX 3 Towers, William M., Jr. (brother), 1908-1955
Miscellaneous, 1915, 1929, 1947-1955
Naval, 1932-1948
(2 folders)
Diplomatic papers and passport, 1916, 1923-1925
Medical records
Eye care, 1933-1939, undated
General, 1947
Orders for duty
1906-1920
(2 folders)
BOX 4 1921-1947
(2 folders)
Speeches and writings
Speeches
1926, 1951-1953, Address at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
1931
Feb. 25, Address before the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York
Apr. 23, "Modern Development of Aircraft," Daughters of the American Revolution Convention, Washington, D.C.
1939
Jan. 11, "Mutual Problems in Air Transportation--Military and Commercial," Detroit, Mich.
Oct. 27, Address at Navy Day, Atlanta Athletic Club, Atlanta, Ga.
1940, Dec. 3, Address at Association of Commerce dinner, Norfolk, Va.
1941, Mar., Statement before the Truman Committee, United States Senate
circa 1945-circa 1955, "Strategic Employment of Naval Forces..."
circa 1948-circa 1955, Address at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
1952, Oct. 24, Address before Aviation Commandery
1953, Feb. 9, Address on aviation topics
1954
Jan. 18, Address at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va.
Jan. 26, Address before the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, New York, N.Y.
circa 1954, "Early Days of Naval Aviation"
Undated
Address before the National Defense Committee of the American Legion
Miscellaneous
Writings
1919, Nov., "The Great Hop," Everybody's Magazine
circa 1919
"Aircraft Navigation in Connection with Trans-Atlantic Flight"
"Story of the N.C. 3," New York World
1933-1934, Papers written at the Naval War College
1934, Senior class thesis, Naval War College
Undated
"Flying--As Was"
Partial autobiographical manuscript
"Twenty Years of Naval Aviation, Chapter 1, Hammondsport”
BOX 5-13 Biographical Notebooks, 1845-1969
Unbound notebooks, organized by Pierrette Anne Towers, containing photographs, correspondence, memoranda, transcriptions, newspaper and magazine clippings, photocopies of correspondence, notes, and excerpts.
A group of chronological notebooks are arranged by year. Subject notebooks are arranged alphabetically by subject headings provided and organized by Pierrette Anne Towers.
BOX 5 Chronological
1906-1911
(7 folders)
BOX 6 1912-1913
(6 folders)
BOX 7 1914-1916
(7 folders)
BOX 8 1917-1941
(8 folders)
BOX 9 1942-1944
(7 folders)
BOX 10 1945-1967, undated
(6 folders)
Subject
Arnold, Henry Harley, 1961, undated
Biographical data on Towers, 1859-1955
(2 folders)
"Chronology of U.S. Naval Aviation"
1911-1914
(2 folders)
BOX 11 1915-1934
(2 folders)
Ismay, Hastings L., Lord, undated
Kenney, George C., undated
King, Ernest J., 1952, undated
Mitscher, Marc A., undated
Naval aviators
Biographical data on associates and contemporaries of Towers, 1905-1969
(3 folders)
Photocopies of correspondence
1913
BOX 12 1914
(2 folders)
Pilot's licenses, uniforms, safety apparatus, insignias, 1911-1963
Statement on Shenandoah disaster, personal letters and clippings, 1924-1930
(2 folders)
Transatlantic flight of 1919, 1919-1925
(2 folders)
BOX 13 United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 1845-1908
BOX 13-14 Miscellany, 1878-1989
Aviation logs, family photographs, reports, essays, correspondence, scrapbooks, and other items arranged alphabetically by type of material and either chronologically or alphabetically therein.
BOX 13 Aviation logs
Curtiss planes, 1911-1914
Wright planes, 1911-1913
Blueprint of Rodman Wanamaker Trans-Atlantic flying boat, 1914 See Oversize
Blueprints of flying boats, 1914 See Oversize
Curtiss, Glenn H., biographical sketch, 1878-1913
Genealogy, undated
Institute of War and Peace Studies, New York, N.Y., 1952-1954, undated
"Lt. T. G. Ellyson and the First Navy Wings," by Elretta Sudsbury, undated
Photographs, 1889-1909, 1938-1965, undated
Register of visitors to the commander in chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, 1945-1946 See Oversize
BOX 14 Reynolds, Clark G., correspondence regarding Towers biography, 1979-1989, undated
(2 folders)
Scrapbooks
Autographs of visitors to the Towers home in Hawaii, 1946, undated
Christening of the aircraft carrier Roosevelt by Pierrette Anne Towers, 1942-1945
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