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Peterson (Cecil) collection on the Tuskegee Airmen
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cecil Peterson collection on the Tuskegee Airmen
    Date (inclusive): 1916-2003, undated
    Date (bulk): 1940-1952
    Collection Number: MS 100
    Creator: Peterson, Cecil
    Extent: 29.09 Linear Feet (46 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Cecil Peterson collection on the Tuskegee Airmen (MS 100). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Cecil Peterson collection on the Tuskegee Airmen was acquired as a gift in 2006.

    Processing History

    Processed by Chuck Wilson, 2010-2012.

    Biographical Note

    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.
    During World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt requested the administrator of one of the institutions at which Cecil Peterson had resided to provide the name of someone in the service with whom she could correspond. This was the beginning of a long term relationship with the Roosevelt family.
    After the war he completed his college work and had a career as a teacher. Peterson was active in local Los Angeles politics, notably Tom Bradley’s initial election to the Los Angeles City Council. He served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Obscenity and Pornography and as a member of the California State Senior Legislature.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    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.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into 7 series and 4 sub-series as follows:
    • Series 1. Personnel, 1939-1994, undated
    • Sub-series 1.1. Enlisted, undated
    • Sub-series 1.2. Officers, 1943-1985, undated
    • Sub-series 1.3. Non-Tuskegee Airmen, 1943-1972, undated
    • Sub-series 1.4. General, 1939-1994, undated
    • Series 2. Freeman Field Mutiny, 1945, undated
    • Series 3. Non-Military Organizational Records, 1973-1992, undated
    • Series 4. Military History, 1943-1999, undated
    • Series 5. African American History, 1916-1992, undated
    • Series 6. Tuskegee Airmen Related Activities, 1941-1998, undated
    • Series 7. Personal Papers of Cecil Peterson, 1935-2003, 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.
    Freeman Field Mutiny, Ind., 1945.
    Moton Field.
    Peterson, Cecil
    Tuskegee Army Air Field (Ala.).
    Tuskegee Army Flying School (Tuskegee, Ala.).
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 332nd History.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th History.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Correspondence.
    Publications.
    Reports.
    Rosters.