Tony LeVier papers

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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

Access

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Publication Rights

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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.

Biography

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

Subjects

Air pilots -- United States
Test pilots

Genre

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


CONTAINER LIST

Box 1

Tony LeVier papers

Folder  1

Correspondence - A (1995, Nov. 9)

Folder  2

Correspondence - B (1941-1996)

Folder  3

Correspondence - C (1986-1993)

Folder  4

Correspondence - D (1944-1996)

Folder  5

Correspondence - E (1984-1992)

Folder  6

Correspondence - F (1985-1996)

Folder  7

Correspondence - G (1954-1995)

Folder  8

Correspondence - H (1980-1997)

Folder  9

Correspondence - J (1974-1993)

Folder  10

Correspondence - K (1974-1985)

Folder  11

Correspondence - L (1954-1997)

Folder  12

Correspondence - Tony LeVier (1935-1954)

Previously fastened to folder
Folder  13

Correspondence - Tony LeVier (1941-1942)

Previously fastened to folder
5201 (P-38E) No. 4 P-38E Engine Tests
Folder  14

Correspondence - Tony LeVier (1935-1954)

Folder  15

Correspondence - M (1954-1998)

Folder  16

Correspondence - N (1959-1985)

Folder  17

Correspondence - P (1989-1997)

Folder  18

Correspondence - R (1984-1993)

Folder  19

Correspondence - S (1948-1994)

Folder  20

Correspondence - T (1952-1993)

Folder  21

Correspondence - V (1992, July 5)

Folder  22

Correspondence - W (1992)

Box 2

Tony LeVier papers

Folder  1

Ground Test #4 Pilot's Comments (1995, Aug. 1)

1 item
Folder  2

Guides and reports - United States. Federal Aviation Administration (1979-1991)

Folder  3

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (1944-2000)

6 items
Folder  4

Miscellaneous Items (1954-1996)

Folder  5

Obituary for Tony LeVier (1998)

Folder  6

Personnel records re: Tony LeVier (1955-1958)

Folder  7

Photographs (1936-1974)

Folder  8

Press Releases re: Tony LeVier (1947-1986)

Folder  9

Printed Material (1970-1996)

Folder  10

Proposals [undated]

Folder  11

Radio Clippings and Scripts (1945)

7 items
Folder  12

S.A.F.E. Memos (1987-1993)

2 items
Folder  13

Talks by Tony LeVier (1960)

Folder  14

Talks by Tony LeVier (1977-1991)

Folder  15

Testimonies for S.A.F.E. [undated]

1 item
Folder  16

Testimony before House Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight by Tony LeVier [1980]