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ALPA Kansas City Missouri Field Office Records

Identifier: LR000247_KC

Scope and Content

There are many individual airline LECs from various locations—both within the United States and overseas—represented in the Kansas City Field Office records. In particular, TWA Councils #2 and 24, New York; #3, Kansas City; #4, Los Angeles; #25, Chicago; #41, Boston; #63, Cairo, Egypt; #69, San Francisco and Oakland; #84, Dallas; and #110, Newark, New Jersey. Braniff Councils represented are #29, Miami; #42, Dallas; #45, Kansas City; and #46, Minneapolis.

One topic of particular interest found in the records of the ALPA Kansas City FO collection is a background investigation of ALPA Employment Agreements Department head Lucien Koch. Mr. Koch was associated with Commonwealth College of Mena, Arkansas from 1923 to 1929. The college was thought to be a major source of financing for Communist Party enterprises. During World War II, Mr. Koch was investigated by the federal government and testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee regarding suspected subversive propaganda. This material can be found in the folder entitled “Board of Directors” in Box 7.

Important subjects: ALP A Airport Committee ALPA/TWA Contract Committee ALPA/TWA/BNF Legislative Affairs Committee American Airlines and Western Airlines merger proposal, 1971 Braniff and Mid-Continent airlines merger, 1952 Civil Aeronautics Administration Delta and Chicago and Southern airlines merger, 1952 Federal Aviation Administration Flight Engineers International Association International Association of Machinists (IAM) strike, Jul 1966 National Airlines strike, 1948 National Pilots Association ALPA Public Relations Department Safety Southern Airways Dispute, 1959-1961 Syndicat National Des Pilotes De Ligne Television towers as flight obstructions Unisex flight crew rest facilities, 1965

Important correspondents: E. Basel, W. H. Baumgartner, R. Belanger, Nino Ciancetta, Carl Eck, Carl Ettel, E. A. Feazel, Carl Hayungs, Edward Marsh, James Mcginn, Frank Pettinger, Cecilia Jann Polek, Claude Rice, Klete Rood, David Spain

Series Description: Series 1: TWA, Sub Series I: Safety, 1943-1971, Sub Series II: Alphabetic Subject Files, 1942-1971, Sub Series III: Conventions, 1948-1966, Sub Series IV: Correspondence, 1942-1971, Sub Series V: Committees, 1946-1971, Sub Series VI: General, 1942-1969

Series 2: Braniff, Sub Series I: Merger, 1951-1956, Sub Series II: Office Files, 1940-1969


  • 1940 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1948 - 1965


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. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


“Joint council office” literally means that more than one ALPA Local Executive Council (LEC)—local union—shares office space with another. The councils domiciled in Kansas City office were Trans World Airlines (TWA) #3 and Braniff (BNF) #45. A majority of the records comprising the Kansas City Field Office collection deal with these two airlines, TWA and BNF. ALPA changed the designation of the Kansas City area office from a joint council to a field office in the 1970s.

ALPA field offices provide services to local and regional area pilot members of the Association on a variety of levels such as grievance procedure, contract administration, negotiations, and strike information and support. Pilot members served and represented by a particular regional field office (usually situated in a larger city whose airport is a major hub for one or more airlines) may be employed by several different airlines. In addition to member service functions, the field office is essentially a satellite office for the ALPA home office, or Association headquarters. The person in charge of the operation of the field office is the Field Office Manager, and this person is directly responsible to the ALPA President. Additionally, the office manager maintains regular communications with other Association officers and ALPA headquarters departments.

The ALPA Kansas City Field Office closed in 1984, but other ALPA field offices are currently in operation around the country in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Seattle.


42 Linear Feet (42 SB)


Records of the office representing the interests of ALPA in the Kansas City, Missouri area. The collection contains information concerning mergers, strikes and safety. Records involving Trans World Airlines is one major subject of interest. Another highlight is a background investigation of ALPA Employment Agreements Department head Lucien Koch.


Arranged into 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-31), and Series 2 (Boxes 31-38). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Series 1 is divided into 6 subseries. Series 2 is divided into 2 subseries.

Custodial History

As identified in the inventory, some materials were returned to the donor, as requested.


The records of the Air Line Pilots Association Kansas City, Missouri Joint Council Office (JCO)/Field Office (FO) were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs beginning in the late 1960s through 1976 by Lloyd P. Pope and Richard L. Lonski of the Kansas City FO.

Related Materials

ALPA collections


An address book, an award, a few photographs, and posters, have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. A number of newsletters and magazines were transferred to the Archives Library. Some of these are as follows: The Lancet, Flite Forum, Service Aloft, Tech Talk for Pilots, The Air Line Agent, The Airline Pilot (including the January 1956 Silver anniversary issue), Flite Facts, and Sky Liner.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1994.
Guide to the ALPA Kansas City Missouri Field Office Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA