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Charles T. Hawkins Papers

Identifier: LP000987

Scope and Content

The papers of Charles T. Hawkins reflect his work as an official representative of the ALPA-PAA negotiating committees of 1957, 1959, 1962, and 1967.

Series 1: ALPA - PAA Issues, 1956-1974 Agreements, minutes, mediation exhibits, Emergency Board 143 exhibits, Pilot Fact Finding exhibits, and Capacity Reduction exhibits. Most of the exhibits are concerned with the lengthy ALPA-PAA negotiations of February 1961 to April 1962. Some agreements from other airlines are also included.

Series 2: ALPA - PAA General Office Files, 1958-1977 Agendas, general correspondence, correspondence related to crew reduction, crew complement, furloughs, grievances, council minutes, meetings, negotiations, newsletters, programs, reports, studies, manuals and IFALPA conference reports. Special reports on air safety, public relations, collective bargaining, annual IFALPA conferences, turboprops and jets. Studies on jet aircraft, salary, seniority, supervisory pilots and routes. Also included are preparation notes for negotiations.


  • 1956 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1969


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.


Charles T. Hawkins was born October 21, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from Loyola College, class of 1942, with a B.S. in Physics. While in college Charles Hawkins received flight instructions through the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the Baltimore School of Aeronautics, Curtiss Wright Airport. In September, 1943 he was employed by Pan American Airlines. During his years at PAA Captain Hawkins, assigned to bases in Miami, Trinidad, Berlin, and New York, flew to the Carribbean, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

Captain Hawkins joined the Air Line Pilots Association in 1944 and served various terms as co-pilot representative, senior copilot representative in New York and chairman of the Berlin Council. He also served as a member and chairman of the ALPA Organizational Structure Study Committee, ALPA delegate to the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association's Industrial Study Group and delegate to the annual IFALPA conference.


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Captain Charles Hawkins was an airline pilot with Pan American Airlines (PAA) and served various terms as a representative in the the Airline Pilots Association throughout his career. His papers reflect his work as an official representative of the ALPA-PAA negotiation committees in the 1950s and 1960s.


Arranged in two series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-11), and Series 2 (boxes 12-27). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.

Custodial History

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


The papers of Charles T. Hawkins were placed in the Archives of the Labor and Urban Affairs in April of 1980 by Charles T. Hawkins and were opened for research in May of 1988.


Non-manuscript Material: Two photographs, a turbo-prop and a jet aircraft, have been placed in the Archives Audio Visual Collection. Numerous pamphlets concerning airline employees and airline magazines, received with this collection, are available in the Archives Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA