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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Northrop Millar Collection
    Creator: Millar, Richard W., 1899-1990
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2016.007
    Physical Description: 14 boxes
    Physical Description: 5.8 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1804-1989
    Abstract: The Northrop Millar Aviation Collection contains 14 boxes and 5.8 linear feet of material regarding aviation collected by Richard Millar, a former chairman of Northrop Corporation. This collection consists of articles, clippings, reprints, brochures, programs, manuals, reports, catalogs, newsletters, photographs and other materials relating to aviation and the airline industry.
    Language of Material: English .


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials in this collection were acquired from Occidental College in 2016.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Dante Frye and Karen Clemons in 2016.


    Richard Millar (1899-1990) was born in Denver, Colorado in 1899. At the age of eight, his family relocated to Long Beach California. It was in Long Beach, that he initially became interested in aviation after attending the first aviation meet at Dominguez Field in 1910, as well as due to his work assisting Earl Daughtery, a local pilot, with building and maintaining airplanes.
    Millar attended Occidental College, but left during World War I to become a commissioned officer in the United Sates infantry. After the war, Millar attended UC Berkeley and graduated in 1921. After graduation, Millar began a career in finance, and was eventually promoted to Vice President of the Los Angeles office of Blair & Co. Inc.
    In 1926, Millar took an interest in the work of Donald Douglas, and was asked to serve on the first board of directors at Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. in 1928- a position he held for ten years. For the first five years Millar was at Douglas Aircraft, he was the chairman of the finance committee and contributed in setting up the first revolving credit for an aircraft manufacturing company in America. During the following five years, Millar served as chairman of the executive committee.
    In 1939, Millar became the General Manager of Vultee Aircraft Corporation and he would later go on to become President of Vultee, presiding over the expansion of Vultee's manufacturing floor due to the demands of World War II. During his tenure, Millar also witnessed the merge of Vultee with Consolidated Aircraft.
    Millar became Director and Vice-Chairman of Northrop Aircraft Inc in 1946. He was also a member of the board from 1948-1984, and a chairman of the board on an interim basis from 1948-1951 and once again in 1975 for seven months.
    Throughout the years, Millar would continue to remain supportive of Occidental College, as a member of the board of trustees in the 1950s, and in 1953 donated his collection of 600 rare books on the history of aeronautics to Occidental.

    Scope and Content

    The Northrop Millar Aviation Collection consists of articles, clippings, reprints, brochures, programs, manuals, reports, catalogs, newsletters, photographs and other materials relating to aviation, and the airline industry. Reports, pamphlets, and newsletters mostly pertain to airline corporations, such as Northrop Corporation, Consolidated Vultee and Vultee Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft Company, and Garrett Corporation, and consists mainly of annual reports.The bulk of the materials in this collection are articles, clippings, and reprints from periodicals and magazines regarding aviation, including information on early aerial navigation, ballooning, and airships, as well as information about modern aviation. Photographs in this collection contain images pertaining to Northrop and Douglas aircrafts.


    Arranged in nine series:
    1. Series I. Airline Corporations, 1936-1990
    2. Subseries a. Northrop Corporation Papers
    3. Subseries b. Consolidated Aircraft, Vultee Aircraft, and Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Papers
    4. Subseries c. Douglas Aircraft Company Papers
    5. Subseries d. Garrett Corporation Papers
    6. Subseries e. North American Aviation Papers
    7. Subseries f. United Aircraft Corporation Papers
    8. Subseries g. Other Airline Corporation Papers
    9. Series II. Magazine Articles, Clippings, and Reprints, 1804-1983
    10. Series III. Brochures, Pamphlets, and Promotional Material, 1909-1980
    11. Series IV. Programs, 1918-1978
    12. Series V. Catalogs and Bibliographies, 1923-1989
    13. subseries a. Bibliographies
    14. subseries b. Catalogs
    15. Series VI. Manuals, 1918-1940
    16. Series VII.Reports, 1918-1979
    17. Series VIII. Speeches, Addresses, and Essays, 1941-1961
    18. subseries a. Speeches and Addresses
    19. subseries b. Essays
    20. Series IX. Photographs

    Separated Materials

    This collection contains 829 books regarding the history of aircrafts, the aviation industry, and aeronautics that are housed separately.

    Related Materials

    For material related to aviation please consult the Vernon Johns Family Papers, Aviation Magazine, Giacinta Bradley Koontz Aviation Sheet Music Collection, 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Collection, 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Digital Collection , Lynch Family Papers on material related to Douglas Aircraft Company, and Mary Nolf Diaries and Correspondence for a diary entry regarding the 1910 airmeet.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aircraft industry
    Aircraft industry -- California
    Navigation (Aeronautics)
    Millar, Richard W., 1899-1990
    Northrop, John Knudsen, 1895-1981
    Northrop Corporation
    North American Aviation
    Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation
    Consolidated Aircraft (Firm)
    Vultee Aircraft, Inc.
    Garrett Corporation
    Douglas Aircraft Company
    United Aircraft Corporation