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Guide to the William R. Melton Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William R. Melton papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1920-2004, undated
    Date (bulk): 1944-1990
    Collection Number: 233
    Creator: Melton, William Robert, 1920-1999
    Extent: 25.0 linear feet (4 document boxes, 11 record storage boxes, 5 flat storage boxes, items on-shelf)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The William R. Melton 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 R. Melton papers are comprised of both print and visual materials including newspaper clippings, photographs, lithographs, books, documents, and correspondence. The materials within this collection primarily relate to the military service and history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Additional items regarding Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Melton's personal life, and aviation history 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 & Archives. 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 R. Melton papers, Collection 233. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The William R. Melton papers were acquired as a gift in 2006. Additional material received in 2009.

    Processing History

    Processed by Gwido Zlatkes, 2007. Revised by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2012.

    Biography

    William R. Melton was born on October 24, 1920. During World War II he enlisted as a pilot in what was then the Army Air Corps. On July 28, 1943 Melton graduated at Tuskegee Army Air Field as a Second Lieutenant of class SE-43-G. He was a member of the original 332nd Fighter Group, serving with the 302nd Fighter Squadron. As a fighter pilot, Melton flew more than one hundred missions in North Africa and Europe. He also became part of the initial group to volunteer for bomber training with the 477th Bombardment Group. Melton later served as a flight instructor and remained active with the Tuskegee Airmen throughout his life, serving as a public relations officer and historian for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. William R. Melton died on September 2, 1999 at the age of 78.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The William R. Melton 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 R. Melton papers are comprised of both print and visual materials including newspaper clippings, photographs, lithographs, books, documents, and correspondence. The materials within this collection primarily relate to the military service and history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Additional items regarding Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Melton's personal life, and aviation history are also included.
    Photographs in this collection have been distributed into the appropriate Series. All photographic material can be found in Boxes 3-5.
    A portion of this collection remains unprocessed. Please contact Special Collections & Archives for additional information regarding this material.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is organized into five series:
    • Series 1. African American History, 1986.
    • Series 2. Aviation History, 1978-1989.
    • Series 3. Military Service and History, 1942-2004, undated.
    • Series 4. Personal History, circa 1920-1984, undated.
    • Series 5. Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., 1974-1997, 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.
    Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 332nd History.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th History.
    World War II.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Correspondence.
    Documents.
    Lithographs.
    Photographs.
    Posters.