Guide to the William A. Campbell Papers

Processed by Gwido Zlatkes; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Milenkiewicz

Special Collections & Archives
The UCR Libraries
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
Email: specialcollections@ucr.edu
URL: http://library.ucr.edu/?view=collections/spcol
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: William A. Campbell papers
Date: 1937-2006, undated
Date (bulk): 1975-1999
Collection Number: 232
Creator: Campbell, William A.
Extent: 4.25 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 map-case folder)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: The William A. Campbell papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of materials related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as materials pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.



This collection contains items in a variety of formats including books, videotapes, photographs, posters, and documents. Materials in this collection primarily relate to African American history, the military history and service of the Tuskegee Airmen, and Campbell's personal life. Some items pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. are also included.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item]. William A. Campbell papers, Collection 232. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

The William A. Campbell papers were acquired as a gift in 2006.

Processing History

Initial processing completed by Heidi Hutchinson, 2006. Final processing completed by Gwido Zlatkes, 2007.

Biography

In 1937, William A. Campbell graduated from the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Campbell went on to become a member of class SE-42-F, which graduated at Tuskegee Army Air Field on July 3, 1942. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. On June 2, 1943 Campbell was among the group of soldiers that served as wingmen to pilots of the 33rd Fighter Group in the first combat mission for 99th pilots in WWII.
Campbell would eventually become commanding officer of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and in 1947 he became Group Commander of the 332nd Fighter Group. Campbell went on to fight in two more wars during his military career, as he served in both Korea and Vietnam. He remained in the service until 1970, reaching the rank of full Colonel. After his retirement in 1970 Campbell taught management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and is a member of the Tuskegee Airmen Commission established by the State of Alabama.

Chronology

1937: Campbell graduated from the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
1942: Campbell graduated at Tuskegee Army Air Field on July 3rd as part of class SE-42-F.
1943: On June 2nd, Campbell was among the group of soldiers that served as wingmen to pilots of the 33rd Fighter Group in the first combat mission for 99th pilots in WWII.
1947: Campbell became Group Commander of the 332nd Fighter Group.
1970: Campbell retired from the U.S. military and went on to teach management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The William A. Campbell papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of materials related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as materials pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.
The William A. Campbell papers contains books, posters, and videotapes regarding both African American and military history. Included are numerous certificates honoring Campbell's United States military service and his personal accomplishments, photographs dealing with the military service and history of the Tuskegee Airmen, and various other items pertaining to aviation history and Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into six series:
  • Series 1. African American History, 1971-2000, undated.
  • Series 2. Aviation History, 1988-2005, undated.
  • Series 3. Military History, circa 1940-2002, undated.
  • Series 4. Military Service, 1940-1995, undated.
  • Series 5. Personal History, 1937-2006, undated.
  • Series 6. Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., 1998-2001, undated.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

African American fighter pilots.
Campbell, William Ayers.
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th History.
United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 332nd History.
World War II.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Correspondence.
Documents.
Photographs.
Posters.