Finding aid of the Joseph S. Marriott Papers

Michael P. Palmer
Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
Libraries of The Claremont Colleges
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Claremont, CA 91711
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Finding aid of the Joseph S. Marriott Papers

Collection number: H1984.2

Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library

Libraries of The Claremont Colleges

Claremont, California
Processed by:
Michael P. Palmer
Date Completed:
Juy 30, 2006
Encoded by:
Michael P. Palmer
© 2010 Claremont University Consortium. All rights reserved.

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


 

Container List

Folder 1

Writings and Speeches 1933-1963

Folder 1 (item 1)

"The Act known as the Air Commerce Act of 1926 ..." 1933

Folder 1 (item 2)

The Government's Interest in Commercial Activity" n.d.

Folder 1 (item 3)

"The Forward March of Civil Aviation" 1936

Folder 1 (item 4)

"We know that mail was carried by air in the United States as early as 1911", Speech before the California Federation of Women's Clubs April 16, 1936

Folder 1 (item 5)

"Use of the Radio Range Beacon Service" n.d.

Folder 1 (item 6)

"Our National Three legged Steel" 1942

Folder 1 (item 7)

"Federal Relationship to Airports" circa 1963

Folder 1 (item 8)

"You Get Your Due by What You Do", Graduation Speech at the Fifteenth Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy, March Air Force Base, California November 1, 1963

Physical Description: With correspondence.
Folder 2-3

Photographs 1946-1956

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Folder 2

U.S. Department of Commerce, Civil Aeronautics Administration, Photographs of air navigation aids 1946-1956

Note

Form ACA1330, Serial No. WE-800.
Folder 2 (item 1)

Gila Bend, Arizona February 1946

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 2 photographs : b&w ; 3.5 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Contents:

  1. (left) DT.
  2. (right) Federal Housing project.
Folder 2 (item 2)

Gila Bend, Arizona, INSAC September 4, 1956

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 2 photographs : b&w ; 3.5 x 5.5 in.; photographer: E. H. Becker, ATDS-3.
Folder 2 (item 3)

Phoenix, Arizona, SBMRAZ July 6, 1956

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 3 photographs : b&w ; 3.5 x 3.5 in. ; photographer: E. H. Becker, ATDS-3.
Folder 2 (item 4)

Burbank, California, SMRLZ n.d.

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Folder 2 (item 5)

Burbank, California, SMRLZ n.d.

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 8 in.
Folder 2 (item 6)

Madera, California, tower January 1946

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 2 photographs : b&w ; 5 x 3 and 3 x 5 in.
Folder 2 (item 7)

Pacheco Peak (Site 29-53), California July 11, 1956

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 2 photographs : b&w ; 3.5 x 3.5 in. ; photographer: E. Mathews, ATDS-7.

Scope and Content Note

Contents:

  1. (left) Approach to Site.
  2. (right) Forestry Lookout Tower and Tower.
Folder 2 (item 8)

Santa Barbara, California, Interstate Airway Communications Station and Tower August 13, 1948

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 8 in.
Folder 2 (item 9)

Verdi Park, California, Beacon October 1952

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 8 in. ; photographer: D. A. Domaskin, Civil Engr.
Folder 2 (item 10)

Wendover, Utah, SRAZ November 7, 1949

Physical Description: 1 sheet : 8.5 x 11.5 in. ; with 3 photographs : b&w ; 4.5 x 3.25 in.
Folder 3

Photographs circa 1955

Folder 3 (item 1)

Dedication of Pacific Terminal, General Billy Mitchell Skyroad, Los Angeles December 1955

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in., from Warner Brothers.
Folder 3 (item 2)

Honolulu Airport administration building and tower n.d.

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Folder 3 (item 3)

Honolulu Airport terminal control tower, Hickam Field to right n.d.

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Folder 3 (item 4)

Model traffic control tower at Indianapolis n.d.

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 8 in.
Folder 3 (item 5)

VORTAC radio navigation facility. n.p n.d.

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Folder 3 (item 6)

Man and woman at radio controls. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Folder 3 (item 7)

Hut with radio tower. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 8 in.
Folder 3 (item 8)

Hut with 5 radio towers. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Folder 4

Correspondence 1947, 1958

Folder 1 (item 1)

Letter "to whom it may concern' from A. E. Oeland April 9, 1947

Note

Typescript carbon copy.
Folder 4 (item 2)

Correspondence between J. S. Marriott and Jacqueline Cochran Odlum, concerning proposed visit by Marriott to the Odlum ranch 1958

Folder 5

Printed Matter n.d., 1955

Folder 5 (item 1)

"... And God Created Louisiana." n.d.

Note

Typescript ; carbon copy.
Folder 5 (item 2)

Proposed Colonel Joseph S. Marriott Unit Achievement Award May 7, 1955