The Cecil Peterson collection on the
Tuskegee Airmen is contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of
material related to those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its
predecessors, as well as material pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit
This collection consists largely of research material collected by
Cecil Peterson on the Tuskegee Airmen and the units with which they were affiliated.
Material relating to Peterson's personal life is present, and to a lesser extent there is
material regarding African Americans and Military History. Peterson compiled an extensive
collection of material on the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots in the
United States Army Air Corps. Information on personnel and military units associated with
the training at Tuskegee Army Air Field and its predecessor training sites, race relations
within the military, the Freeman Field Mutiny, the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and Peterson’s
personal and professional life are also included.
Cecil Peterson was orphaned at an early age and spent much of his boyhood in foster homes
and institutions. His military experience included time as an enlisted man at Tuskegee Army
Flying School in 1942 and 1943. He was in training and a part of base personnel before being
shipped out for service on Guadalcanal. He re-entered the Army after World War II, was
commissioned a Lieutenant and served in Korea.
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This collection is open for research.