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Guide to the Mitchell Higginbotham 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: Mitchell Higginbotham papers
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2012, undated
    Date (bulk): 1991-2002
    Collection Number: 234
    Creator: Higginbotham, Mitchell
    Extent: 6.25 linear feet (6 boxes, 1 map-case folder)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The Mitchell Higginbotham 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.



    This collection includes newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, brochures, and documents. Most of these items are related to the military history of the Tuskegee Airmen, events of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and African American history. This collection also contains some items pertaining to aviation history and Higginbotham's personal life.
    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]. Mitchell Higginbotham papers, Collection 234. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Mitchell Higginbotham papers were acquired as a gift in 2006. Additional items were donated and added to the collection in 2007and 2012.

    Processing History

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

    Biography

    Mitchell Higginbotham was born on March 2, 1921 in Amherst, Virginia. He began active duty in the United States military during the summer of 1942 and graduated at Tuskegee Army Air Field on February 1, 1945 as a member of class TE-44-K. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and was an original member of the famed 477th Bomber Group. He remained on active duty in the military until 1946 and was a reserve from 1946 to 1962. After his military service ended, Higginbotham served as a registrar at the Pittsburg Airport for the Los Angeles Airport Advisory Committee, and was also a probation officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department for nearly three decades. In 1996, Mitchell Higginbotham was honored as the "Man of the Year" by the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

    Chronology

    1921: Mitchell Higginbotham was born on March 2nd in Amherst, Virginia.
    1942: Higginbotham began active duty with the United States military during the summer.
    1945: Higginbotham graduated as a member of class TE-44-K at Tuskegee Army Air Field on February 1st.
    1946: Higginbotham ended active duty and became a reserve in the United States military.
    1962: Higginbotham ended his role as a reserve in the United States military.
    1996: Higginbotham was named "Man of the Year" by the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Mitchell Higginbotham 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 Mitchell Higginbotham papers consists of newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, brochures, and documents. These items primarily relate to the military history of the United States, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and Higginbotham's personal endeavors. This collection includes plaques recognizing Higginbotham's United States military service and personal accomplishments, materials documenting aviation history, and personal correspondence regarding Higginbotham.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into six series:
    • Series 1. African American History, 1967-2002, undated.
    • Series 2. Aviation History, 1991-2012, undated.
    • Series 3. Military History, 1944-2005, undated.
    • Series 4. Military Service, 1945-1998, undated.
    • Series 5. Personal History, 1957-2012, undated.
    • Series 6. Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., 1973-2005, 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.
    Higginbotham, Mitchell, 1921-
    Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th History.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 332nd History.
    World War II.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Brochures.
    Clippings.
    Documents.
    Photographs.
    Programs.