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
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.