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Captain J. H. Wylie Papers

Identifier: LP000678
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 correpondence. Series 4: Background Information, 1952-1965 This comprises the 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.


8.5 Linear Feet (17 MB)


These papers reflect the various working of ALPA in which Captain Wylie with which he was involved. Most important subjects include the United Airlines-Captial Airlines merger, airline seniority integration and merger arbitration.


As a pilot for Capital Airlines, Captain Wylie was heavily involved in the concerns of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). At the time of the disposition of his papers, 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.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-15), Series 3 (Boxes 15-16) and 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 of 1984.


Five reel-to-reel audio tapes, dealing with various aspects of the UAL-CAP merger, including arbitration. These tapes havebeen placed in the 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 on February, 1984.
Guide to the Captain J. H. Wylie Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA