The collection is divided by each president’s term of office. There is some overlap in election years, and some overlap between Behncke and Sayen from 1951-52 during the court battles and periodic switches in president. The collection is further divided into:
correspondence (external, internal, and with airlines) and the supporting documentation, subject files, and governing bodies and committee records for each president’s tenure.
The Behncke years are rather sparse, as when he left ALPA he took his records with him. While there is minimal correspondence, that which remains showcases
Behncke’s emphasis on changes through legislation, with Mayor LaGuardia and representatives Melvin Maas and James Mead among his correspondents. Behncke’s style of leadership and issues he worked on are highlighted in the subject files and convention related records. Within the Behncke years there is also a fair amount of
pamphlets and other records of the founding of ALPA and some of the problems the association faced early on. Behncke’s recall is documented through correspondence,
petitions, governing bodies records and court documents.
The records of president Sayen make up the bulk of the collection. There is a large amount of correspondence, both internal, external and with airlines along with the
documents to support this correspondence. The correspondence, and also his memberships in other organizations in his personal files, shows that Sayen worked to broaden ALPA’s outlook and participate with other unions, the aviation industry both in the United States and internationally as well as work with government agencies to promote aviation safety. Sayen faced some major controversies which are highlighted in
correspondence, subject files, and governing bodies which included the crew complement problem, the United Airlines class and craft issue, and the ALSSA split from ALPA.
President Ruby’s records round out the collection. Included are correspondence, again internal, external and with airlines, governing bodies and committees, and subject iles. The records document some of the challenges faced by Ruby including the ALPA move to Washington, American Airlines leaving ALPA, as well as hijacking incidents.
Age discrimination in employment—United States
Air traffic control
Airlines Collective bargaining
Airlines—Strikes and lockouts
Airlines—Technological innovations—United States
Alcohol Law and Legislation
Civil Aeronautics Board (U.S.)
Federal Aviation Administration
Flight attendants—Labor unions—United States
Flight Engineer’s International Association
National Mediation Board (U. S.)
National Transportation Safety Board (U. S.)
Pilots and pilotage
Anderson, W. W.
Spencer, F. A.
Talton, J. P.
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Quesada, E. R.
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Kennedy, John F.
AATU, Association of Aviation Transport Unions
ALEA, Air Line Employees Association
ALDA, Air Line Dispatchers Association
ALPA, Airline Pilots Association
ALPG, Air Line Pilots Group
ALSSA, Air Line Steward and Stewardess Association
ATPA, Air Transport Pilots Association
BALPA, British Air Line Pilots Association
CAA, Civil Aeronautics Administration
CAB, Civil Aeronautics Board
CALPA, Canadian Air Line Pilots Association
CAR, Civil Aviation Requirements
FAA, Federal Aviation Agency (later Administration)
FEIA, Flight Engineer’s International Association
IAM, International Association of Machinists
IFALPA, International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations
ITF, International Transport Workers Federation
NACA, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
NANAC, National Aircraft Noise Abatement Council
NATCC, National Air Transport Coordination Committee
RTCA, Radio Technical Committee for Aeronautics
UFMCA, United Flight Crew Members Association
UPA, Union of Professional Airmen