Guide to the Mitchell Higginbotham Papers
This collection includes newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, brochures, and documents. Most of these items are related to the military history of the Tuskegee Airmen, events of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and African American history. This collection also contains some items pertaining to aviation history and Higginbotham's personal life.
|1921:||Mitchell Higginbotham was born on March 2nd in Amherst, Virginia.|
|1942:||Higginbotham began active duty with the United States military during the summer.|
|1945:||Higginbotham graduated as a member of class TE-44-K at Tuskegee Army Air Field on February 1st.|
|1946:||Higginbotham ended active duty and became a reserve in the United States military.|
|1962:||Higginbotham ended his role as a reserve in the United States military.|
|1996:||Higginbotham was named "Man of the Year" by the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.|
- Series 1. African American History, 1967-2002, undated.
- Series 2. Aviation History, 1991-2012, undated.
- Series 3. Military History, 1944-2005, undated.
- Series 4. Military Service, 1945-1998, undated.
- Series 5. Personal History, 1957-2012, undated.
- Series 6. Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., 1973-2005, undated.
"Black History Month Celebration: A Salute to Black Veterans" by unknown author. undated.
Multiple newspaper clippings on African American history. 1982-2004, undated.
"The American Negro" by Dr. Lulamae Clemons, et. al.. 1967.
Invitation for The Black American Cinema Society, Fourteenth Annual Independent Filmmaker Awards (autographed by Hawthorn James). 1996.
Program from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association's Veteran's Day Ceremony honoring the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen. 1994.
Clear plastic plaque with the inscription "The Wild Blue Yonder, Black Chamber of Orange County 12th Annual Awards Banquet". undated.
Program titled "Giving Back Corporation presents 4th Annual Celebrity Toast and Roast honoring Nichelle Nichols". 2002.
Pamphlet for a black awareness dinner dance titled "The Afro-American and the Constitution: Colonial Times to the Present". 1987.
"Excel 1984" by Jamie Sykes-Kennedy. 2001.
Brochure titled "Assault Craft Unit FIVE Black History Program". 2001.
"Their Story: The History of Blacks, African Americans in Sewickley and Edgeworth" by Bettie Cole; signed by author. 2000.
Photograph of a music band with the date "Thursday, February 15, 2001". 2001.
Press Release for the "All-Star Line-Up Slated for 4th Annual Celebrity Spring Toast/Roast Honoring Ms. Nichelle Nichols". 2002.
Flier for the "4th Annual Celebrity Toast and Roast". 2002.
Article titled "On Top of the World" by Michael E. Ruane from The Washington Post, October 1, 2000. 2000.
Typescript titled "Men of Glory" including the insert titled "Our Black Heritage, The Legacy Lives On". 1996.
Newspaper clippings titled "This Week in Black History". undated.
Program for "Public Counsel: The Seventeeth Annual William O. Douglas Award Dinner" honoring Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.. 1993.
Article titled "Merchant Mariner Battled Racism" by Bill Bleyer from Naval History, August 2002 (photocopy). 2002.
Photographs taken at the 4th Annual Celebrity Toast and Roast honoring Nichelle Nichols (quantity, 6). 2002.
Program titled "African-American Heritage Month Luncheon, 21 February 1992, Norton Air Force Base Officers' Club". 1992.
Brochure from the Statesman of Jazz, Inc.. undated.
Funeral program for Chauncey Edward Spencer, Sr. titled "The Gathering". 2002.
Article titled "Looking Back" by Paul Stilwell from the United States Naval Institute (photocopy). undated.
"Illinois Generations: A Travelers Guide to African American Heritage" published by Performance Media. undated.
Brown attache from the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. National Convention. 1988.
Photographic print of a music band with the text "Duke by Charles Peterson" (photocopy). undated.
Pamphlet titled "Pioneers in Aviation: First Transcontinental Flight by African Americans"; number 4022/10,000 limited edition run by Forsythe and Anderson. 1993.
Program titled "San Diego Aerospace Museum Presents The International Aerospace Hall of Fame, Investiture '96". 1996.
Multiple newspaper clippings on aviation history. 1985-1986, undated.
Article titled "The Co-Pilots" discussing Patricia M. Schnegg and Cliff Robertson. undated.
United States Air Force News Release "Learn About Pioneering Aviators Over the Internet" by Tech Sergeant Bud Mckay, McChord AFB (photocopy). undated.
Aerial Photograph of a Grumman X-29 in flight. undated.
Photograph of the NASA Crew of Space Shuttle Mission STS-33. undated.
Folder titled United States Air Force Northrop B-2 Team containing a photograph of Mitchell Higginbotham and unknown man and a stealth bomber pin. undated.
Photograph of a two engine aircraft. undated.
Program for the "2001 Odyssey Mentoring Our Youth in Aviation" Military Luncheon. 2001.
Program for the Sixth Annual History of Aviation Banquet. 1991.
Folder from Orange Coast College containing a photocopy of "Orange Coast College's Connection to Military Aviation", a photocopy of aviation pilot training, and an e-mail of an aviation industry career expo. undated.
Souvenir program for the Oakland Air Show '91. 1991.
Publication by NASA titled "Celebrating a Century of Flight". 2002.
Photograph of an airplane's cockpit. undated.
Article titled "Inspiring Black Youths to Reach for Stars". undated.
Article titled "Discovery mission's two Black astronauts" from The Washington Afro America, vol. 115, no.18. 2006.
Article titled "Tales of the Red Tails: Inside the Tuskegee Legend, The men, the machines, the missions" by Barrett Tillman from Flight Journal. February 2012.
"332nd Fighter Group in World War II 60th Anniversary Commemoration" edited by William F. Holton. 2004.
Flier advertising the First Annual Founders Luncheon. 2005.
Print titled "Destroyer Attacks". undated.
Collage of newspaper clippings related to the Tuskegee Airmen. undated.
"Dana Point Man Tells of Service with Tuskegee Airmen", Get up and Go!, June 1999. 1999.
Newspaper clipping (laminated) titled "Flight through History" from the Orange County Register. 2001.
"Remember Yechon!" by David K. Carlisle. 1994.
Newspaper clipping (laminated) titled "Tuskegee Airman Recalls Racism that Hobbled Dreams" from WAVE Newspapers. 1998.
Newspaper clipping (laminated) about Mitchell Higginbotham titled "Unseen Enemy" from the Los Angeles Times. 1999.
"World War II's Black Eagles" by Brock Garland from Players. undated.
Article titled "A Military Strike Against Racism" by F. Michael Higginbotham from the Boston Globe, July 25, 1998 (photocopy). 1998.
Article titled "Above All Else An American" by JD Haines from The Retired Officer Magazine, February 2001. 2001.
Article titled "Black Pilots Faced Enemy - and Racism" by Doris I. Walker from Get up and Go!, June 1999. 1999.
Article titled "Monument is Dedicated to Black World War II Airmen" by Joe Nazel. undated.
Article titled "Tuskegee Airman Pilot Brings History to Life" by Jessica Peralta from the Sun Post News (photocopy). undated.
Article titled "Tuskegee Airmen Recognized at EAA OSHKOSH '92" from Buyers' Guide Gateway to Aviation, July 29, 1992. 1992.
Article titled "Tuskegee Airmen" by Col. Alan L. Gropman from Air Force Magazine, March 1996 (2 photocopies). 1996.
Article titled "Winning the Right to Fly" by Christopher John Farley from Time Magazine, August 28, 1995. 1995.
Blacks in the military, The Tuskeege Airmen, "National Scene Magazine Supplement" cover page. 1983.
Brochure for Bailey Art and Publishing, Inc. advertising "Red Tail Pass", a limited edition art print signed by the Tuskegee Airmen. undated.
Brochure for the poster titled "Beyond Mission 100". undated.
Certificate presented to the Tuskegee Airmen from the City of Lancaster. 1991.
Computer printout titled "The Tuskegee Airmen: A Brief History" from the Technical Computing website. 1996.
Documentary proposal packet titled "Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen" by Lisa Boags. 1995.
DVD titled "Narrator: Mitchell Higginbotham, Interviewer Matthew D. Atkinson". 2004.
Flier for the Red Tail Project titled "American Legends, National Treasures" (3 copies). undated.
Funeral program for Claybourne "Buddy" Lockett. 1987.
Funeral program for Elwood Thomas "Woody" Driver. 1992.
Poster of the Tuskegee Airmen movie by HBO. undated.
Information sheet about African Americans in World War II (2 copies). undated.
Information sheet about Asian Americans. undated.
Information sheet for the Minority Outreach program (2 copies). undated.
Information sheet on General Daniel "Chappie" James. undated.
Information sheet regarding the Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project conducted by the National Park Service. undated.
Letterhead with a line drawing of World War II titled "World War II 50th Anniversary". undated.
Multiple newspaper clippings on military history. 1977-2006, undated.
New Beginnings, vol. 2, no. 24. 1995.
Newsletter of the Tuskegee Air Force titled "King Promoted to General". undated.
Newsletter of the Tuskegee Air Force, vol. 2, no. 88. 1985.
Newspaper clipping of Hubert L. Jones' obituary. undated.
Photograph of Mitch Higginbotham standing in front of the "Mitch the Witch II" airplane. undated.
Photograph of several Tuskegee Airmen standing in front of an airplane titled "The Lonely Eagles" (photocopy). undated.
Photograph of the Dedication of the Tuskegee Monument at Arlington National Cemetary. 1996.
Photograph of Tuskegee Airmen at a street parade in California (Internet printout). 2003.
Photograph with Oliver Goodall, Mitch Higginbotham, and Roger C. "Bill" Terry in front of a B-25. undated.
Photographic print titled "Memories of World War II" (image distorted). undated.
Photographic prints of the Tuskegee Memorial Mural at Palm Springs Air Museum (quantity, 2). undated.
Photograph collage of Tuskegee Airmen. undated.
Program for the Los Angeles Air Force Base Black History Month Dinner. 1996.
Program for the Tuskegee Airmen Dormitory Dedication Ceremony, "Tuskegee Hall", at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. 2004.
Photographs and newspaper clippings dealing with the Tuskegee Airmen. 1985-1989, undated.
Posterboard advertising Tuskegee Airmen Tribute backed with a poster of Dana Point. 2002.
Poster advertising a book signing by B.O. Davis. 1991.
Statue of a Tuskegee Airmen soldier with the following inscription "2LT. Mitchell Higginbotham, Tuskegee Airman Class 44K, 617TH SQ, 477TH Bombardment Group City of Inglewood, Feb. 27, 1996". undated.
Typescript titled "History of the 332nd Fighter Group". undated.
VHS tape titled "Narrator: Mitchell Higginbotham, Interviewer Matthew D. Atkinson". 2004.
Wall clock, "Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Roger C. 'Bill' Terry and Mitchell Higginbotham, Original Members of the 477th Bomber Group and True Friends". undated.
Wooden plaque from the Palm Springs Air Museum with the inscription "Commendation to the Tuskegee Airmen for their courage and heroic actions in WWII, The Tuskegee Airmen helped win more than the war". undated.
Yearbook of Tuskegee Army Air Field 44-D-E-F (reprint). 1944.
Photographic print of several images depicting soldiers from the Tuskegee Army Field; printed in Fotone by the Ulman Company, Inc.. undated.
Typescript titled "Freeman Field Incident, 477 Bombardment Group: The Attempt to Integrate United States Air Corp., April 1945" (photocopy). 1945.
Wooden plaque presented to Second Lieutenant Mitchell Higginbotham from the City of Inglewood signed by Mayor Edward Vincent. 1996.
Wooden plaque presented to Mitchell Higginbotham from the City of Inglewood signed by Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn. 1998.
"I Views, City of Inglewood, California", April 1992; Report from City Hall including an article on the Tuskegee Airmen's visit to Inglewood, California. 1992.
"News and Views from Sewickley", no. 22. 2000.
Advertisements for the Fountains at Sea Bluffs retirement community; two of the advertisements include Mitchell Higginbotham. undated.
Assorted e-mails, Internet printouts, and fliers pertaining to the personal life of Mitchell Higginbotham. undated.
Blue attache with a U.S. Marine Corps sticker attached. undated.
Card from Marquire Avery of the Lincoln School titled "to Mitch the Tuskegee Airman". undated.
Card to Mitchell Higginbotham from Genesis Chavez of the Lincoln School. undated.
Certificate in a brown leather folder presented to Mitchell Higginbotham as an award of excellence and participation from Santiago High School. 2006.
Certificate presented to Mitchell Higginbotham from the City of Inglewood titled "Commendation for Meritorious Service". undated.
Multiple newspaper clippings collected by Mitchell Higginbotham. undated.
Correspondence to and from Mitchell Higginbotham. 1983-2012.
Envelope addressed to Mitchell Higginbotham containing a note with passport information. 1957.
Framed certificate acknowledging Mitchell Higginbotham from the Daniel B. Matthews Historical Society First Founder's Day Celebration signed by President Mary Jane Gilliam. 2005.
Glass award presented to Mitchell Higginbotham from The Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. 2003.
Correspondence from Mitchell Higginbotham to Ralph Smith dated 2-8-05. 2005.
Correspondence from Robert Bailey of Bailey Art to Mitchell Higginbotham. 2004.
Notebook titled "Ambassador of Goodwill Mitch Higginbotham" prepared by sixth grade students at Frank D. Parent School including a birthday card signed by students. 1997.
Photograph of an unknown woman. undated.
Photograph of Mitchell Higginbotham posing with three young girls displaying their "Vision" awards. undated.
Photographic prints of Mitchell Higginbotham with Muhammad Ali. undated.
Plastic sleeve with a stamp of Billy Mitchell and one of Roy Wilkins affixed. undated.
Wooden plaque from the Los Angeles International Airport Area Advisory Committee in recognition of Chairman Mitchell Higginbotham. 1987.
Newspaper clipping regarding Mitchell Higginbotham and the movie "Red Tails" from Dana Point News. January 26, 2012.
"The Tuskegee Airmen", vol. 1, no. 2. 1980.
Multiple newspaper clippings dealing with Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.. 1977-2004, undated.
Black bag sponsored by Tuskegee Airmen, Inc and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc. titled "Aviation Legacy Forging Tomorrow's Opportunities". undated.
Mitchell Higginbotham's nametag from the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc./Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Convention 2001. 2001.
Annual Report for the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Fund. 1985.
Mitchell Higginbotham's personal copy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Member Handbook. undated.
Article titled "City of Inglewood Honors Two Black Heroes" from the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Newsletter, March 1996 (photocopy). 1996.
Newsletter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter, vol. 11, no. 8. 1995.
Article titled "Convention Has Spillover" from the Omaha World Herald, August 7, 2004. 2004.
The Tuskegee Airmen, vol.9, no.4. 1998.
Tuskegee Airmen Newsletter, vol. 1, no.1 (incomplete, pages 5-8 only). 1992.
Attendee list for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter's General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. Memorial Dinner. 1978.
Program titled "The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center in association with The Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Commemorates The First Tuskegee Airmen Fighter Pilots". 2002.
Public program for the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc./Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Annual National Convention. 1992.
Black tote bag from the 27th Tuskegee Airmen National Convention. 1998.
Blue attache jointly sponsored by the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc. 17th Annual National Convention and the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., 21st Annual National Convention. 1992.
Blue attache from the Sam Bruce Chapter. undated.
Brochure for the Alfonza W. Davis Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated. undated.
Brochure for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Fifteenth Annual National Convention. 1986.
Brochure titled "Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group Spitfire 50 Year Commemorative Edition". undated.
Brown attache from Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 14th Annual National Convention. 1985.
Burgundy attache jointly sponsored by the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc. 16th Annual National Convention and the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., 20th Annual National Convention. 1991.
Calendar from the Atlanta Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. titled "Lonely Eagles". 1985.
DVD titled "Tuskegee Airmen, Inc./Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc Awards; Keynote address by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Colin L Powell". 1991.
Flier titled "Come and Meet the Tuskegee Airmen" distributed by Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.. 1995.
Obituary of Grant Reynolds from the Omega Chapter. undated.
Flier titled "Welcome to the TAI/OBAP National Convention, San Antonio, Texas, August 2000". 2000.
Pamphlet from Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 34th Annual National Convention titled "Two Boys From the Bronx". undated.
Program for the Tuskegee Airmen Inland Empire Chapter, Inc. Honorary Awards Banquet held at UC Riverside. 2002.
Program for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 31st Annual National Convention Military Affairs Luncheon. 2002.
Program for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 33rd Annual Convention. 2004.
Program for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 34th Annual National Convention Awards Banquet. 2005.
VHS tape titled "Tuskegee Airmen, Inc./Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc Awards; Keynote address by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Colin L. Powell". 1991.
Schedule of Events for the East Coast Chapter - Tuskegee Airmen Reunion in Washington DC. 1973.
Program from HBO Pictures announcing "The Tuskegee Airmen" movie premiere at the 24th Annual Convention of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.. 1995.
Typescript, unidentified and incomplete. undated.
Membership roster for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter. 1978.
Man of the Year Award presented to Mitchell Higginbotham from the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., Los Angeles Chapter. 1996.