This collection is very limited in size and has material on African American Lowell Steward and his experience as a Tuskegee
Airmen in World War II. It consists of one box with photographs, correspondence and news articles.
The Lowell Steward Papers mainly consist of materials relating to Lowell Steward’s history in the Tuskegee Airmen’s 332nd
Fighter Group. Steward was captain of the Santa Barbara State College (later known as UCSB) basketball team when Pearl Harbor
was bombed in 1941. The day after the attack, Steward, along with other members of the team, went to a recruiting office in
Santa Barbara to sign up with the army. All of the members of the team were accepted, except for Steward – the only African
American on the team. Steward was instead told to report to his draft board in Los Angeles, which he did. Steward was told
at this time to go home and wait until he was contacted. While he waited, Steward returned to school, continued playing basketball
and graduated with a bachelors degree in physical education in June of 1942.
0.5 linear feet
(1 oversize flat box)
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