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Captain J. H. Wylie Papers

Identifier: LP000678

Scope and Content

The papers of Captain Wylie reflect his work with the various merger committees and with the UAL-CAP merger process in general.

Series 1: Capital Airlines and United Airlines, 1942-1959. CAP-MEC minutes, office files, materials gathered in the pre-merger period on both airlines, but primarily Capital.

Series 2: UAL-CAP Merger, 1960-1964. Materials covering all aspects of the merger including Letters of Agreement and Understanding, correspondence, seniority lists, CAB awards, arbitration hearing items and other related materials.

Series 3: United Airlines, 1965-1970. Files relating to the post-merger period, some Letters of Agreement and Understanding, minutes and correspondence. Series 4: Background Information, 1952-1965. Support material accumulated by Captain Wylie relating to other airline mergers as well as histories and chronologies of the UAL-CAP merger.


  • 1942 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1959 - 1964


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.


As a pilot for Capital Airlines, Captain J.H. Wylie was heavily involved in the concerns of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). At the time of the disposition of his papers (1974), he was Director of Flight Agreements and Crew Scheduling for United Airlines in Chicago, Illinois. An active participant in union affairs, he held various positions before being appointed to the Merger Committee in 1960. Both airlines--United and Capital--had merger committees, which met to discuss integration procedures. On April 10, 1961, Captain Wylie was elected to the Negotiating Committee. Throughout the merger process, he and H.L. Johnston played an integral part in the representation of the Capital pilots in joint UAL-CAP discussions.


8.5 Linear Feet (17 MB)


These papers reflect the various workings of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), in which Captain Wylie was involved. Most important subjects include the United Airlines-Capital Airlines merger, airline seniority integration and merger arbitration, predominantly in the 1950s and 1960s.


Arranged in 4 series. Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-15), Series 3 (Boxes 15-16), Series 4 (Box 17). Folders in Series 1-3 are arranged chronologically then alphabetically. Folders in Series 4 are arranged alphabetically.


Captain J.H. Wylie placed his papers in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on October 1, 1974, and they were opened for research in February 1984.


Five reel-to-reel audio tapes, dealing with various aspects of the UAL-CAP merger, including arbitration. These tapes have been placed in the Reuther Archives Audiovisual Collection. Numerous pamphlets concerning ALPA and United Airlines received with this collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February 1984.
Guide to the Captain J. H. Wylie Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA