Major Alford Williams Syndicated Aviation Column

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0601
Creators:
Williams, Alford Joseph, 1896-1958
Dates:
[ca. 1930s-1940s]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.45 Cubic Feet
(9 folders)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of newspaper clippings, which have been copied onto acid-free paper. These clippings were from Williams' syndicated columns for Scripps-Howard Newspapers including the New York World Telegram and Washington Daily News during the late 1930s to early 1940s. These columns discuss aviation technology, flying techniques, and the European situation during World War II.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alford Joseph Williams (1896-1958), who was nicknamed Al, was born in New York City on July 26, 1896. In 1917, he learned to fly with the U.S. Navy and in 1923, he won a Pulitzer Trophy for the Navy by establishing the world's speed record, at 266,51 miles an hour. Williams was promoted to a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and played an active role as a research and test pilot. In 1935, Williams was promoted to a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Williams inspected European Air Forces and reported on the European situation during World War II and his accurate and absorbing syndicated columns for Scripps-Howard had an impact on American thought and perception regarding aviation's role in World War II. Besides his work as an aviation writer, Williams was also involved in business aviation as he was a manager at Aviation Department of Gulf Oil Corporation beginning in 1933.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown, unknown, unknown, XXXX-0601, unknown

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Airplanes -- Piloting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes -- Design and construction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Williams, Alford Joseph, 1896-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scripps-Howard Newspapers Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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