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ALPA Region 5 Vice-President's Files: Capt. William C. Davis Records

Identifier: LR000247_Davis

Scope and Content

The Vice-President's files reflect the various workings of ALPA with which Captain Davis was involved, with an emphasis on California, Alaska, and Hawaii, which were the predominant areas covered by ALPA's Region 5.

Important subjects: Air Taxi and Commuter Airlines Air Safely Pilot Insurance, Loss of License, and Retirement United Air Lines (UAL) Vie tnamese Conflict

Important correspondents: F. Lee Bailey, J. J. O'Donnell, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Charles Ruby

Series Description: Series I: ALPA Region V Vice-President's Files, 1962-1974 Correspondence, proposals, reports, studies, and inventories generated largely within Region 5 during 1962-1974.


  • 1962 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1967 - 1972


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Bill Davis was born in 1915 and began his flying career with United Airlines in October, 1941. He flew in the US Army in World War II, and returned to United in 1944. He was promoted to Captain one year later. He was based in Chicago from 1945 to 1956, transferring to Los Angeles in 1956 where he remained. He joined ALPA in 1943, and worked on various councils and committees at United Airlines. He began his term as ALPA Vice-President for Region V on July 1, 1965, replacing H. B. Anders. He served on many committees with ALPA.


5 Linear Feet (10 MB)


The collection reflects Capt. Davis's activities with ALPA's Region 5, with an emphasis on California, Alaska and Hawaii. Included are, correspondence, reports and studies. Air safety is another subject of importance.


Files are arranged alphabetically by topic, with each topic chronologically organized. Any undated material is located at the beginning of the file. Files are arranged by subject or type of material.


The papers of Captain William C. (Bill) Davis, Vice-President of ALPA's Region 5 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1975.

Related Materials

ALPA collections


One color photograph of Captain William C. (Bill) Davis has been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. It is reproduced in the 12 Nov 1964 "News and Views Along the Line" found in United Airlines (UAL), 9:16.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1994.
Guide to the ALPA Region 5 Vice-President's Files: Capt. William C. Davis Records
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Repository Details

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