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H1984.2  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph S. Marriott papers
    Dates: 1933-1963
    Collection number: H1984.2
    Creator: Marriott, Joseph S., 1895-1984
    Collection Size: 1 archives half-carton (0.2 linear foot)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
    Claremont, CA 91711
    Abstract: Writings and speeches, photographs, correspondence, and printed matter, 1933-1963, relating to Joseph S. Marriott's career in the Civil Aeronautics Administration and its predecessor, the Bureau of Air Commerce, with special reference to the states of California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Utah.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph S. Marriott papers. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Joseph S. Marriott's widow, 1984.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, June 2004; revised by Michael P. Palmer, May 2010.

    Biography

    Joseph S. Marriott was born on a farm near Waterford, Stanislaus County, California, on July 5, 1895. He graduated from Stanford University in 1917, with a B.A. in Analytical Chemistry. After attending Aviation Ground School at the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving his flight training at Rockwell Field, San Diego, he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the aviation section of the Army Signal Corps in December 1917. He served as a flight instructor at Park Field, Millington, Tennessee. For a brief time after the war he flew barnstorming exhibitions with the Memphis Aerial Company. At the end of 1920, he returned to California, received a teaching credential, and taught high school chemistry and physics for five years in Marin County. During this period he retained his affiliation with the Army Reserve. In 1927, he obtained a position with the newly established Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce. The Aeronautics Branch developed into the Bureau of Air Commerce, and became the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) in 1938, and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) in 1958. Except for service as the War Department member on the Inter-Departmental Air Traffic Control Board during World War II, Marriott remained with the Commerce Department until his retirement in 1956. During the 1930's he served as Assistant Chief, then Chief of Inspection Service, for the Bureau of Air Commerce. Upon leaving active military service in 1946, he became CAA regional manager for the five southwestern states; when the CAA was reorganized several years later his authority was extended to cover the 11 western states. A lieutenant colonel by 1936, he was promoted to colonel in 1943, and to brigadier general between 1952 and 1954. He died in Vista, California, in March 1984.
    Source: Joseph S. Marriott. Safety Regulations and Air Traffic Control. Interview with John B. Rae, December 27, 1962. Claremont, Calif.: Oral History Program, Claremont Graduate School, 1962.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of writings and speeches, photographs, correspondence, and printed matter, 1933-1963, relating to Joseph S. Marriott's career in the Civil Aeronautics Administration and its predecessor, the Bureau of Air Commerce, with special reference to the states of California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Utah. The papers comprise a single series, arranged by function: 1) writings and speeches; 2) photographs; 3) correspondence; 4) printed matter. General Marriott's writings and speeches primarily concern government interest in, and regulation of, civil aviation, particularly in the 1920's and 1930's. The photographs relate to air navigation aids, primarily radio towers and beacons, 1946-1956, in the western states (in particular, California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Utah) that General Marriott supervised as CAA Regional Manager. The correspondence consists of a carbon copy of a humorous letter from 1947, signed by A. O. Oeland, purportedly relating to his experiences as a student pilot, and an exchange in 1958 between Marriott and Jacqueline Cochran Odlum concerning a proposed visit by Marriott to the Odlum ranch. The printed materials consist of an undated, unsigned, carbon copy single sheet, "... And God Created Louisiana", and a 1955 proposal for a Colonel Joseph S. Marriott Unit Achievement Award to be presented by the Air Reserve Association.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Aeronautics, Commercial
    Air traffic control
    Airport control towers
    Marriott, Joseph S., 1895-1984
    Navigation (Aeronautics)
    Photographs
    United States. Civil Aeronautics Administration