Guide to the Coralie Hewitt Tillack Collection, 1930-1987

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Coralie Hewitt Tillack Collection
Dates: 1930-1987
Identification: URB/CHT
Creator: Tillack, Coralie Hewitt, 1920-
Physical Description: 1.34 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: In 1956, Coralie Hewitt Tillack began her 26-year employment with Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Starting as a telephone switchboard operator and later transferring to Field Operations, Coralie was captivated by the history of the first million-dollar airport constructed in the United States, and gathered material to write a column for the company newspaper. Over the years, Coralie accumulated a large collection of newspaper clippings, magazines, books, and photographs, along with her notes from personal interviews with many of the airport's longtime employees. In 1982, she retired to write her own story of the airport, and her manuscript, Once Upon an Airport, was copyrighted in June 1987. The collection documents her work in writing that history.

Biographical Information:

Born in Colorado on August 6, 1920, Coralie Hewitt came to California in 1939 after completing two years at Texas A & M University. Soon after her arrival in California, she enrolled in night school and graduated from Beverly Hills Secretarial College. In 1956, Coralie began her 26-year employment with Lockheed Air Terminal which is located in Burbank, California. Starting as a telephone switchboard operator and later transferring to Field Operations, Coralie was captivated by the history of the first million-dollar airport constructed in the United States, and she began gathering material to write a column for the company newspaper. Over the years, Coralie accumulated a large collection of newspaper clippings, magazines, books, and photographs, along with her notes from personal interviews with many of the airport's longtime employees. In 1982, she retired to write her own story of the airport, and her manuscript, Once Upon an Airport, was copyrighted in June 1987. Later that year, she generously donated her fine collection to the Urban Archives.
The Hollywood-Burbank Airport opened its doors to the public on May 30, 1930 with a spectacular three-day celebration. At that time, it was named "United Airport," and it encompassed an area of 240 acres which had been purchased and developed by Boeing Air Transport, later known as United Aircraft and Transportation Corporation. In 1934, United Airlines, a subsidiary of the Corporation, merged with several other commercial airlines that had been operating out of the Grand Central Terminal in Glendale, and the airport was renamed "Union Airport." In a brief history of the airport, Coralie Tillack tells us that, "Under the ownership of United, the airfield was a mecca for the golden age of aviation, the time of the Lindberghs, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, and Howard Hughes. They all touched down on the field to set the first flight records of speed, altitude, and distance, and to fly the airplanes that became as famous as the pilots who flew them into history."
The Lockheed Aircraft Corporation purchased the airport in 1940 and renamed it the "Lockheed Air Terminal." Under Lockheed, the airport was expanded to 500 acres and the runways were lengthened. It became one of the four leading airports in the country. A quote from Coralie Tillack's manuscript tells us that during the war years, "...Lockheed Air Terminal assumed a dual role accommodating military flights from all over the world, and at the same time, served as the major commercial landing field in the Los Angeles area." With the opening of Los Angeles International Airport in 1946, Lockheed Air Terminal suffered a dramatic setback when the majority of the major airlines moved their operations to the Inglewood facility. In the ensuing years, however, the airport proved its ability for survival as it became the largest privately-owned airport in the United States. It was utilized for air cargo and aviation fuel services, and became the site for movie and television filming. In recent years, it has become the center for local service airlines. After a major fire in 1966, the terminal was reconstructed and modernized and was given the new name, "Hollywood-Burbank Airport," and today services an area of more than three million people. In 2004, the airport was again re-named in honor of Bob Hope and is called the Bob Hope-Burbank Airport.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Lockheed Air Terminal (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera
Paper records
Publications

Geographic Name:

San Fernando Valley (Calif.) -- History

Personal Name:

Tillack, Coralie Hewitt, 1920-

Topical Term:

Aeronautics -- California -- Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Airport terminals
Airport terminals -- California -- Burbank (Los Angeles County)
Airports -- California -- Burbank (Los Angeles County)

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Robert G. Marshall, Mary L. Harem; September 1991

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Coralie Hewitt Tillack Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Tillack Manuscript, June 1987
Series II: Late News Newsletter, 1962-1986
Series III: Research Files, 1930-1987
Series IV: Photographic Material, 1930-1987

Scope and Contents

The collection contains articles, ephemeral items, historical sketches, manuscripts, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, research papers and related items documenting Mrs. Tillack's work writing her history of the Burbank Airport. It has been divided into four series: Tillack Manuscript (June 1987), Late News Newsletter (1962-1986), and Research Files (1930-1987), and Photographic Material (1930-1987).
Series I, Tillack Manuscript, contains a copy of the final typed manuscript draft of "Once Upon An Airport" by Coralie Hewitt Tillack. Included within the manuscript are numerous copies of photographs documenting the history of Burbank Airport. The manuscript is arranged by page number in five file folders.
Series II, Late News Newsletter, includes issues of the Lockheed Air Terminal newsletter, edited by Mrs. Tillack from 1969 until her retirement in 1979. There is almost a complete set of newsletters for this period with various issues before and after her work as editor. The newsletters are filed in chronological order.
Series III, Research Files, contains historical documents and sketches, newspaper clippings, public relation fact sheets and related published material gathered together by Mrs. Tillack during her research into the history of Burbank Airport. Materials are filed in alphabetical order.
Series IV, Photographic Material, consists of airport photographs, including opening day ceremonies, aerial views, interior and exterior scenes of the terminal,aircraft, airport employees, and notable avaiation personalities. This material is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Tillack Manuscript, June 1987

Box 1, Folder 1

Tillack Manuscript; pp. 1-21; plus photographs

Box 1, Folder 2

Tillack Manuscript; pp. 22-53; plus photographs

Box 1, Folder 3

Tillack Manuscript; pp. 54-74; plus photographs

Box 1, Folder 4

Tillack Manuscript; pp. 75-99; plus photographs

Box 1, Folder 5

Tillack Manuscript; pp. 100-134; plus photographs

 

Series II: Late News Newsletter, 1962-1986

Box 1, Folder 6

Various issues, 1962, 1965

Box 1, Folder 7

Subject index, 1969-1979

Box 1, Folder 8

Issue, December 1969

Box 1, Folder 9

Issues, January-December 1970

Box 1, Folder 10

Issues, January-December 1971

Box 1, Folder 11

Issues, January-December 1972

Box 1, Folder 12

Issues, January-December 1973

Box 1, Folder 13

Issues, January-December 1974

Box 1, Folder 14

Issues, January-December 1975

Box 1, Folder 15

Issues, January-December 1976

Box 1, Folder 16

Issues, January-December 1977

Box 1, Folder 17

Issues, January-December 1978

Box 1, Folder 18

Various issues, 1979

Box 1, Folder 19

Various issues, 1980-1986

 

Series III: Research Files, 1930-1987

Box 2, Folder 1

"America's Model of Excellence: 1930-1974, A History of the Hollywood-Burbank Airport," by Gary Lee Link, History Pro-seminar, 497T, CSUN, 1974 December 10

Box 2, Folder 2

Burbank: An Illustrated History, by E. Caswell Perry, Windsor Publications, Inc., Northridge, CA., 1987

Box 2, Folder 3

"The California Phenomenon," California Magazine , PSA, May 1974

Box 2, Folder 4

"The Changing Years," by Dentam S. Scott, So. Calif. Industrial News, Series, May 1967-May 1969

Box 2, Folder 5

"The Changing Years," by Dentam S. Scott, So. Calif. Industrial News, Series, May 1967-May 1969

Box 2, Folder 6

"The Changing Years," by Dentam S. Scott, So. Calif. Industrial News, Series, May 1967-May 1969

Box 2, Folder 7

Charter Services: ephemera, 1964

Box 2, Folder 8

"Charter: Supplements are an Important Part of Today's Commercial Market," AIR Classics, PDC, Fall 1975

Box 2, Folder 9

"Flying," National Geographic Magazine, May 1933

Box 2, Folder 10

Historical Sketches & Research Data, 1930-1986

Box 2, Folder 11

Historical Sketches & Research Data, 1930-1986

Box 2, Folder 12

Historical Sketches & Research Data, 1930-1986

Box 2, Folder 13

Historical Sketches & Research Data, 1930-1986

Box 3, Folder 1

Aviation Book Company Catalog, Aviation Book Company, Glendale, California, 1987

Box 3, Folder 2

The Lockheed Profile Today, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, January 1972

Box 3, Folder 3

Madcaps, Millionaires, and "Mose": A Pictorial History by John Underwood , Heritage Press, Glendale, California, 1984

Box 3, Folder 4

Of Magic Sails: A Photographic History of Air Travel, 1926-1976 , Graphic Alliance, Inc., Chicago, by United Airlines, Inc., First Edition, [1975?]

Box 3, Folder 5

Pacific Coast Aviation Directory: Bi-Centennial Issue, Whittier, California, [1975?]

Box 3, Folder 6

Plaque, Metal: The Austin Company, Airport Engineers and Builders, 1930

Box 3, Folder 7

Security: newspaper clippings; sketches

Box 3, Folder 8

Sky Caps: sketches

Box 3, Folder 9

Sky Room Restaurant: article, Burbank Traveler newsletter, 1987

Flat File Cabinet 3, Folder 1

Lockheed Air Terminal Field and Buildings Drawing - Engineering Department, May 1955

Flat File Cabinet 3, Folder 2

"Shell Progress" Shell Gasoline Publication with article on Lockheed Terminal, March 1954

Flat File Cabinet 3, Folder 3

Hollywood Burbank Airport Menu

Flat File Cabinet 3, Folder 4

Program for the Opening and Dedication of United Airport, Burbank, May 1930

 

Series IV: Photographic Material, 1930-1987

Box 4, Folder 1

Aerial Views of Airport, Photographic Prints and Negatives, ca. 1938

Box 4, Folder 2

Aerial Views of Airport, Photographic prints, ca. 1930-ca. 1939

Box 4, Folder 3

Aerial Views of Airport, Photographic Prints, ca. 1942-ca. 1946

Box 4, Folder 4

Aerial Views of Airport, Photographic Prints and Negatives, ca. 1959-ca. 1959

Box 4, Folder 5

Aircraft and Notable Aviation Personalities, Photographic prints, ca. 1930-ca.1949

Box 4, Folder 6

Aircraft and Notable Aviation Personalities, Photographic Prints, ca. 1950-ca. 1969

Box 4, Folder 7

Auto Shop, Photographic Prints, ca. 1940-ca. 1949

Box 4, Folder 8

Charter Service, Photographic Prints, ca. 1939-ca. 1959

Box 4, Folder 9

Control Tower, Photographic Prints, ca. 1944-ca. 1973

Box 4, Folder 10

Opening Day Ceremonies, Photographic Prints, 1930 May 30

Box 4, Folder 11

Personnel, Photographic prints, ca. 1939-ca. 1969

Box 4, Folder 12

Radar Room, Photographic Print, ca. 1973

Box 4, Folder 13

Skycaps, Photographic Prints, ca. 1945-ca.1955

Box 4, Folder 14

Sky Room Restaurant, Photographic Prints and Negatives, ca. 1940-ca. 1966

Box 4, Folder 15

Supplemental Airlines, Photographic Print, 1962

Box 4, Folder 16

Terminal - Exterior Scenes, Photographic Prints, ca. 1933-ca. 1941

Box 4, Folder 17

Terminal - Exterior Scenes, Photographic Prints, ca. 1942-ca. 1949

Box 4, Folder 18

Terminal - Exterior Scenes, Photographic Prints, ca. 1950-ca. 1987

Box 4, Folder 19

Terminal - Interior Scenes, Photographic Prints, ca. 1940-ca. 1949

Box 4, Folder 20

Terminal - Interior Scenes, Photographic Prints, ca. 1940-ca. 1950