William "Pat" Patterson Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2018.0068
Dates:
1965-1969
Languages:
English
This collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1.43 Cubic Feet
2 boxes
Repository:
This collection documents William "Pat" Patterson's aviation career with United Air Lines.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the following types of material documenting William "Pat" Patterson's aviation career with United Air Lines: photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, certificates, invitations, programs, and one 16 by 18 inch black scrapbook.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arranged by type.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William "Pat" Patterson (1899-1980) was a pioneer of commercial aviation and served as the President of United Airlines from 1934 until 1966. Born in Oahu, HI, Patterson began his career in banking, starting as an office boy at Wells Fargo Bank and working his way up to the loan department. In 1927, he approved a loan to Pacific Air Transport Company and became friends with the airline's president, Vern Gorst. Patterson suggested that Gorst sell the company to Boeing Airplane Company, and Boeing's president, impressed with Patterson' role in the sale, hired him to be his assistant in 1929. In 1931 Boeing Air Transport, Pacific Air Transport, National Air Transport, and Varney Air Lines merged to form United Air Lines and Patterson moved to Chicago to become the new airline's general manager. In 1933, Patterson was promoted to vice president and in 1934, he became United Airlines' president, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1966. After his retirement, Patterson was elected Chairman of the United Airlines Board, a position he held until 1966; he was then named Director Emeritus and Honorary Chairman of United Airlines. Patterson was an NAA Elder Statesman (1969), winner of the National Aeronautic Association's Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy (1976), and enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame (1976).

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2018.
Author
Patti Williams
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Patricia P. Dudley, Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0068

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
William "Pat" Patterson Collection, NASM.2018.0068, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United Airlines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newspapers -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patterson, William Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boeing Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/