The Cecil Peterson collection on the Tuskegee Airmen is contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists
of material related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as material
pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.
This collection consists largely of research material collected by Cecil Peterson on the Tuskegee Airmen and the units with
which they were affiliated. Material relating to Peterson's personal life is present, and to a lesser extent there is material
regarding African Americans and Military History. Peterson compiled an extensive collection of material on the Tuskegee Airmen,
the first African American pilots in the United States Army Air Corps. Information on personnel and military units associated
with the training at Tuskegee Army Air Field and its predecessor training sites, race relations within the military, the Freeman
Field Mutiny, the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and Peterson’s personal and professional life are also included.
Cecil Peterson was orphaned at an early age and spent much of his boyhood in foster homes and institutions. His military experience
included time as an enlisted man at Tuskegee Army Flying School in 1942 and 1943. He was in training and a part of base personnel
before being shipped out for service on Guadalcanal. He re-entered the Army after World War II, was commissioned a Lieutenant
and served in Korea.
33.0 linear feet
(17 record storage boxes, 5 document boxes, 24 index card boxes)
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
This collection is open for research.