This collection is comprised of both
print and visual materials from Tuskegee Airman William B. Ellis, including documents,
photographs, correspondence, books, newspaper clippings, audiovisual material, and realia.
The bulk of materials within this collection relate to the military service and history of
the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as to activities of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. at both the local
(Los Angeles chapter) and national level. Additional items regarding Ellis's personal life,
aviation and aerospace history, and African American history are also included.
William B. Ellis was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1916. His family moved to Ohio in 1923,
then to Washington DC where Ellis graduated Armstrong Technical High School in 1935. Ellis
continued his education at Miner Teachers College (Wash., DC), where he was certified to
teach at the Junior HS level, then at Robert H. Terrell law school, where he studied
contracts and property law. When the United States became embroiled in the Second World War,
Ellis enlisted in the US Army Signal Corps at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, where he graduated as a Lt.
in 1942. He went on to train as a fighter pilot at Tuskegee Airfield Flying School in 1943,
then as a bomber pilot at Mather Field in California in 1944. After leaving the Army Force
in 1948, Ellis acquired a BS in business administration from American University in 1953.
Following a move to Los Angeles, Ellis worked as an assessor for Los Angeles County from the
mid-1960s until his retirement in 1992. Ellis was active in educational and other activities
with Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. until his death in 2009.
23.40 Linear Feet
(18 boxes, 4 flat file folders)
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