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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tony LeVier papers
    Dates: 1935-2000
    Collection Call Number: mssLeVier papers
    Creator: LeVier, Tony, 1913-1998
    Extent: 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Chiefly correspondence written to test-pilot Tony LeVier from fans, fellow pilots, and retired pilots.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tony LeVier papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was a gift of Toni LeVier-Almaz, May 2013 and October 2017.


    Anthony "Tony" LeVier was born Anthony Puck in 1913 in Minnesota. After the death of his father, his family moved to southern California and his mother later married Oscar LeVier. Tony LeVier dropped out of high school to pursue flying full time. He started air racing in the 1930s and got a job as a mechanic for Douglas Aircraft Company. After several other jobs, he eventually got a position as a pilot and test pilot at Lockheed Corporation. In the 1980s LeVier formed a nonprofit corporation, Safe Action in Flight Emergency Inc (S.A.F.E.), to push for more strigent FAA requirements in civilian pilot training and licensing. He died in 1998 in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is chiefly made up of correspondence written to test-pilot Tony LeVier from fans, fellow pilots, and retired pilots, etc. There are also invitations to give talks, attend events, as well as letters supporting his SAFE endeavor. Some notable authors include: Congressman Barry Goldwater and the National Air and Space Museum. The correspondence does include numerous letters by LeVier. Besides correspondence, the collection includes printed material (most about LeVier and his career), talks given by LeVier, an obituary of LeVier, material about Lockheed, and transcripts of testimony LeVier gave before the House Subcomittee on Investigation and Oversight.
    Additional material was received in October 2017 and has been integrated with the original collection received in May 2013.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Goldwater, Barry, 1938-
    Johnson, Clarence L.
    LeVier, Tony, 1913-1998

    Corporate Names

    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
    National Air and Space Museum
    United States. Federal Aviation Administration


    Air pilots -- United States
    Test pilots


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century