The Descriptive Finding Guide for the James Burr Hickman Personal Papers SDASM.SC.10070

Simone Muzquiz
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego 92101
Series I. Correspondence Series II. Money Samples Series III. Personal Items Series IV. Postcards Series V. Photos

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Title: James Burr Hickman Personal Papers
creator: Hickman, James Burr
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10070
Physical Description: 0.4 Cubic Feet 1 manuscript box
Date (inclusive): 1918-1919
Abstract: Letters, documents and artifacts from James Burr Hickman, a member of the Army Air Corps in World War I who was killed in an air accident in Germany after the war.
Language of Material: English

Biographical / Historical

James Burr Hickman graduated from the US School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Illinois in 1918. Hickman was in the US Air Reserve until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps for the duration of WWI. Having survived the war, it was very unfortunate that on May 5, 1919 James Hickman died in an airplane accident at Coblenz, Germany. His family tried to the best of their abilities to gather information after his death. Many of Hickman’s fellow soldiers wrote and sent maps to his family in order to share the details of his death.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

Scope and Contents

Items in this collection include correspondence, official government letters, photographs, postcards, travel mementos, and money.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in this Collection were donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Preferred Citation

[Item], The Papers of James Burr Hickman, Archive, San Diego Air & Space Museum

Related Materials

Related SDASM Resources: Images from the James B. Hickman Collection are available on Related Research Institutions: Secondary Sources: Lawson, Eric, Lawson, Jane The First Air Campaign: August 1914 – November 1918: (Conshohocken, Penn. Combined Books, 1996)
Selected digitized images from this collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Saint-Mihiel (France)
Verdun (France)
World War, 1914-1918
Hickman, James Burr


Box 01


Folder 01 - Correspondence, Active Military

Physical Description: 1. Acceptance of commission as 2nd Lieutenant Air Service, December 1918. 2. Receipt of Certificate of Commission as 2nd Lieutenant, December 1918. 3. Honorary Discharge (2).

Folder 02 - Correspondence, War Department

Physical Description: 1. Letter from War Department to Mrs. Hickman regarding the status of James Hickman’s body, June 1919. 2. Western Union Telegram sent to Prof A.C. Willard at the University of Illinois regarding the death and burial of James Hickman, June 1919. 3. Western Union Cablegram sent to Mrs. Hope Hickman regarding the death of James Hickman, June 1919. 4. Letter from the Headquarters Air Service, American Forces in Germany notifying Mrs. Hope Hickman of where her son in buried, July 1919. 5. Letter from V.K. Butler Jr. to Miss Hickman with information regarding the death of James Hickman, August 1919. 6. Letter from Burr Hickman, the nephew of James Hickman, to Richard Dietz. 7. Sympathy card from the Red Cross, including a picture of the Grave of James Hickman. 8. Statement from State of New York regarding casket and burial of Lt. Hickman. Signed by Lt. Owen Birdsall, December 1919 (two copies). 9. Miscellaneous notes and envelopes. 10. From V.K. Butler to Miss Pearl Hickman: an aerial photo of where he believed James to be buried, and an aerial photo with description of the accident . August 1919. 11. Envelope from the War Department to Mrs. Hope Hickman containing the Oath of Office, Certificate of Death, Certificate of Appointment as Second Lieutenant, and Certificate of Honorary Discharge all regarding James Hickman, January 1920.

Folder 03 - Personal Items

Physical Description: 1. Officer’s Club Membership Card. 2. Receipt from a hotel. 3. Officer’s Identity Card. 4. Leather wallet. 5. Pilot’s Book.

Folder 04 - Postcards

Physical Description: 1. Booklet of postcards depicting the town of Verdun, France during the war. 2. Hatton chatel to Miss Pearl Hickman, (Hickman001.tiff). 3. Issodun. Sent to Miss Hickman, (Hickman002.tiff). 4. Avion Allemand. Sent to Mrs. J.W. Hickman, (Hickman003.tiff). 5. Avion Allemande.Sent to Mr. Anderson, (Hickman004.tiff). 6. Chapelle de Norte-Dame du Sacre-Coeur, (Hickman005.tiff). 7. Chateau de Valencay 11, (Hickman006.tiff). 8. Vierzon, (Hickman007.tiff). 9. Chateau de Valencay 32, (Hickman008.tiff). 10. Valencay, (Hickman009.tiff). 11. Saint-Maixent, (Hickman010.tiff). 12. Chateau de Valencay 42, (Hickman011.tiff). 13. St. Mihiel, to Mrs. Hickman, (Hickman012.tiff). 14. Senior Hobos, to Lt. James Hickman, (Hickman013.tiff). 15. Buxerulles, (Hickman014.tiff). 16. St. Mihiel mit Fort Camp Roman, (Hickman015.tiff). 17. Montsec, (Hickman016.tiff). 18. St. Mihiel mit franz. Denkmal, (Hickman017.tiff). 19. St. Mihiel, Maasbrücke, (Hickman018.tiff). 20. Buxierres mit der Kapelle auf der Hohe, (Hickman019.tiff). 21. Saint-Maixent, (Hickman020.tiff). 22. Metz, Statue de Guillaume 1er renversee, (Hickman021.tiff). 23. Saint-Maixent, Jardin, (Hickman022.tiff). 24. Nancy, (Hickman023.tiff). 25. Vierzon Deversoir de l’Yevre, (Hickman024.tiff). 26. Vierzon, Façade de l’Eglise, (Hickman025.tiff). 27. St. Mihiel, (Hickman026.tiff). 28. Environs de Vatan, (Hickman027.tiff). 29. Vierzon Vue Generale et Pont du Canal, (Hickman028.tiff). 30. Mehun-sur-Yevre, Chateau du roy Charles VII Cote de Bourges (Hickman029.tiff). 31. Vatan Foire aux chevaux, (Hickman030.tiff). 32. Mehun-sur-Yevre, Rue Jeanne d’Arc, (Hickman031.tiff). 33. Saint-Maixent, (Hickman032.tiff). 34. Mehun-surYevre, Chateau de Charles VII vu des bords, (Hickman033.tiff). 35. Nancy, Place et Rue Stanisla, (Hickman034.tiff). 36. Vierzon, Hotel de Ville, (Hickman035.tiff). 37. Saint-Maixent- Cote Nord-Ouest, (Hickman036.tiff). 38. Nancy, La pepiniere, (Hickman037.tiff). 39. Nancy, l’Academie, (Hickman038.tiff). 40. Les Rives de lYevre a Mehun-sur-Yevre, (Hickman.039.tiff). 41. Vierzon, Place d’Armes, (Hickman040.tiff). 42. Nancy, Porte Desilles (Hickman041.tiff). 43. Nancy, Fontaine de la Place Carriere, (Hickman042.tiff). 44. Saint-Maixent, Paysan allant au Marche, (Hickman043.tiff). 45. Mehun-sur-Yvere, Peinture de l’interieur de l’Englise, (Hickman044.tiff). 46. Mehun-sur-Yevre Chateau du roy Charles VII Cote de la Ville, (Hickman045.tiff).

Folder – 05 Photos, Original

Physical Description: World War I Service and Aircraft

Folder – 06 Photos, Original

Physical Description: World War I Service and Aircraft

Folder – 07 Photos, Original

Physical Description: World War I Service and Aircraft

Folder – 08 Photos

Physical Description: U.S. School of Military Aeronautics 1. 2 original class photos. 2. 2 copies of class photos. 3. 1 Air Service Treves Airdrome 9th Squadron (Hickman211.tiff).

Folder – 09 Foreign Currency

Physical Description: 1. French Notes. 2. German Notes. 3. Miscellaneous coins.

Folder – 10 Photos, Photocopies

Physical Description: 214 Photos