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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Loose photographs, 1937-1999

II. Photograph albums and scrapbooks, 1942-1999

III. Manuscript materials, 1945-1999

Austin History Center

Bergstrom-Austin Community Council Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bergstrom-Austin Community Council
Title: Bergstrom-Austin Community Council Records
Inclusive Dates: 1937-1999
Abstract: The Bergstrom-Austin Community Council (BACC) served as a link between the Bergstrom Air Force Base personnel and the Austin community by planning programming and events. Since the closure of the Base, the organization has worked to maintain the history of the Base. More than 600 black-and-white and color photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, and assorted manuscript materials document the people and activities at Bergstrom Air Force Base from the 1940s through the 1990s when the Base was converted into the Austin municipal airport.
Identification: AR.2000.024
Quantity: 6.76 linear feet
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault, Oversized Volumes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Bergstrom-Austin Community Council (BACC) served as a link between the Bergstrom Air Force Base personnel and the Austin community by planning programming and events. Since the closure of the Base, the organization has worked to maintain the history of the Base.

Bergstrom Air Force Base (BAFB) was originally activated as Del Valle Army Air Base in September 1942, on 3,000 acres of land leased from the city of Austin. President Johnson recommended renaming the Base after Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, who was the first Austinite killed in World War II, so in March 1943, the base became known as Bergstrom Army Air Field. When the Air Force became a separate service from the Army, the base became known as Bergstrom Air Force Base.

The Base provided troop carrier units in World War II, some of which participated in the Berlin Airlift. By 1949 the Base was transferred to Strategic Command, charged with defending the continental United States. The Base was briefly transferred to Tactical Command in 1957, but soon returned to Strategic Command. In 1966 the Base again was reassigned to Tactical Command and in 1968 the Headquarters of the 12th Air Force moved to Bergstrom. The headquarters building was known as the "Roundagon" or the "Doughnut" due to its circular design. The 75th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing was inactivated, replaced by the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing which moved from Mountain Home AFB in Idaho in 1971. At that point, BAFB became the only tactical reconnaissance base west of the Mississippi River. Bergstrom trained pilots and weapons systems officers on RF-4C aircraft and received two additional tactical reconnaissance training squadrons in 1982.

During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, BAFB had jets in combat. In the 1980s NASA space shuttles Columbia and Discovery passed through the Base, and the 12th Air Force also participated in President Bush's war on drugs by providing intelligence to federal law enforcement agencies. At the end of the Cold War, the Air Force began closure procedures for the Base, though the Gulf War put those proceedings on hold as RF-4s of the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron were deployed. In 1992 the Base Realignment and Closure program realigned BAFB as a reserve base. The 12th Reconnaissance Squadron was inactivated on September 30, 1993.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the city of Austin began thinking about relocating its municipal airport from Mueller Airport because it was becoming crowded and citizens were complaining about noise. Efforts for joint use of runways at the Base between the city and the Air Force were stymied. When the Base finally closed in 1993 and the land was transferred back to the city, a bond was raised to construct a new airport on the site. Most of the Base buildings were demolished, except for the 12th Headquarters, or the "Roundagon," which was converted into a hotel.

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Scope and Contents

More than 600 black-and-white and color photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, and assorted manuscript materials document the people and activities at Bergstrom Air Force Base from the 1940s through the 1990s when it was converted into the Austin municipal airport. The collection is organized into three series based on format: I. Loose photographs, II. Photograph albums and scrapbooks, and III. Manuscript materials.

The first series, Loose photographs, contains 524 photographic prints and 35mm slides which are itemized in an attached spreadsheet. The majority of photographs are black-and-white but some are in color and are noted as such; all the slides are color. Depicted in the photographs are the buildings at Bergstrom Air Force Base, including the exteriors of the headquarters, hospital buildings, chapel, and housing units, and interiors of offices, lounges, dining halls, the Post Exchange, and warehouses; personnel including formal group portraits of flight crews and individual portraits of officers, and snapshots of office workers, maintenance workers, pilots, and families; aircraft, on the tarmac at the base and in flight, including Phantom F-4s and C-47s; as well as candid scenes of base activities, such as drills, ceremonies, and flight preparations. Some famous visitors are also depicted, including Queen Elizabeth II, Reza Palahvi (the Crown Prince of Iran), astronauts Sally Ride and Bob Crippen, President Nixon, and Vice President George H. W. Bush. The photographs were numbered and arranged as they were received; the attached spreadsheet lists all photographs and slides in numerical order. For preservation purposes some photographs were copied and re-printed and now have corresponding copy negatives which are indicated on the spreadsheet. Duplicates were discarded.

Photograph albums and scrapbooks, which make up the second series, contain additional photographic materials along with some clippings and correspondence. These albums and scrapbooks are organized alphabetically by title followed by untitled ones. Materials have been removed from their original albums and binders and placed into acid-free folders for preservation purposes. The photographs in these albums document similar subjects as the photographs in Series I., and sometimes contain duplicates of those images, but this series also documents reunion parties, award nominations, and the transformation of the Base into the new municipal airport during the 1990s.

The final series, Manuscript materials, primarily consists of clippings files of articles from the Base newspaper, the Jet Gazette. The clippings were originally in binders, but for preservation purposes the original clippings have been photocopied and placed into acid-free folders and the binders have been discarded. The clippings files are organized alphabetically by binder title. Other manuscript materials in this series include blueprints for the base, histories, and examples of logos and emblems.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by format into three series:
I. Loose photographs
II. Photograph albums and scrapbooks
III. Manuscript materials

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Loflin, Charles.
Pahlavi, Reza, 1960- .
Short, Michael C.
Uyeyama, Terry.
Organizations:
Bergstrom-Austin Community Council.
Places:
Bergstrom Air Force Base (Tex.)
Subjects:
Aircraft.
Airports--Texas--Austin.
United States. Air Force.
United States. Air Force. Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, 67th.
United States. Air Force. Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 12th.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.
Clippings.
Color photographs.
Photograph albums.
Scrapbooks.

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Related Material

AF Subject Files


  • AF - Aeronautics A1200
  • AF - Bergstrom Air Force Base B2580
  • AF - Municipal Airport M8600

Archives and Manuscript Collections


  • AR.1993.022 Bergstrom Officer's Wives Club Scrapbooks
  • AR.1994.078 Bergstrom Air Force Base Scrapbooks
  • AR.1996.003 Bergstrom Air Force Base/Information Repository Files
  • AR.1998.005 Bergstrom Air Force Base/Information Repository Files
  • AR.2006.022 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Records
  • AR.2011.011 Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Austin Airport

Periodicals


  • Jet Gazette

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bergstrom-Austin Community Council Records (AR.2000.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2000/021

Donation Date: 2000 April 6

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Nicole Davis, 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Loose photographs, 1937-1999

Box
1-3 B&w and color photographs; see attached spreadsheet for details
B&w photomechanical reproductions of photographs
Box Folder
4 1 Municipal airport, 1937-1958
2 Construction of terminal and control tower at Mueller airport, 1959-1960
3 Braniff airlines anniversary and personnel, 1961-1964
Location
Outer Vault Color slides; see attached spreadsheet for details

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II. Photograph albums and scrapbooks, 1942-1999

Box Folder
4 4 "90s Base Closing" poster, 19 aerial views of runways (in color), circa 1993
"1081st Guard SQD. Austin Reunion and Parties" photo album
Box Folder
4 5-8 Color snapshots of Austin street scenes, dinner reception, couples, scenes in Philadelphia, party at private home, sites in Washington, D.C., and picnic, circa 1970s
9 B&w informal portraits of men, 1942-1943
Box Folder
5 1-3 "Best mobility program, 1984 Nomination" scrapbook, includes photographs of mobility work areas, correspondence, documentation, and clippings, 1982-1999
"Prime Rib -- Tactical Air Command" scrapbook
Box Folder
5 4 Loose, color snapshots and Polaroids of office workers, Thanksgiving buffet at restaurant, assorted candid scenes, circa 1970s-1980s
5 Loose correspondence and clippings, 1971-1986
Location
Oversized volumes Oversize album with b&w and color photographs, clippings, and correspondence, circa 1970s-1980s
"Squadron History" black binder
Box Folder
5 6 Assorted b&w and color photographs and slides, includes Commendation Medals being awarded, ejection seat demonstration, tree spade, drainage ditches and construction, 1965-1968, undated
7 Clippings and award certificates, 1961-1976, undated
"Treasured Memories" photograph album
Box Folder
5 8 B&w photographs of assorted scenes on base (circa 1940s), clippings (1944), Station Security personnel list, certificate of outstanding unit for 67th Tactical Reconnaissance wing (1973, reproduction), 1944-1973
9 Color portraits of couples and dinner reception, circa 1970s
10 Color snapshots of candid scenes and group portraits on base and at reunion, assorted b&w photographs, circa 1940s-1950s, 1970s
Box Folder
6 1 Color snapshots of candid scenes, assorted b&w photographs, circa 1940s-1950s, 1970s
2 B&w and color photographs, scenes from reunion tour, circa 1940s, 1970s
3 B&w and color photographs, scenes from reunion tour, contact sheets, circa 1970s
4 Untitled blue photo album, color snapshots of views of runways and damaged areas at Mueller airport, March-June 1992
Untitled photograph album
Box Folder
6 5 Photo album pages, includes candid scenes, ceremonies, housing and buildings, 1968-1969
6 Photo album pages, includes Thunderbirds, candid scenes, family housing units, 1970-1974
Untitled photograph album 2 of Mueller Airport
Box Folder
6 7 Color snapshots of aerial views of airport and surrounding area, terminal, parking lots, roads, circa 1990s
8 Color snapshots of facilities, land, construction, airplanes, aerial views of runways, circa 1990s
9 Color snapshots of aerial views of runways, ticket counters, airplanes, parking lot, personnel, circa 1990s
10 Color snapshots of aerial views of terminal, facilities, roads, personnel, airplanes, circa 1990s
Box Folder
7 1 Color snapshots of sign and airplane; b&w aerial photographs of runways; photographic reproductions of sketch and diagram, circa 1990s
Untitled white binder
Box Folder
7 2 Color snapshots of new airport building exterior, 1992
3 Construction photographs, color snapshots affixed to printed descriptions, August 1991
4 Construction photographs, color snapshots affixed to printed descriptions, May 1991
5 Construction photographs, color snapshots affixed to printed descriptions, April 1991
6 Construction photographs, color snapshots affixed to printed descriptions, February 1991

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III. Manuscript materials, 1945-1999

Box Folder
7 7 924 Fighter Wing: 704th Fighter Squadron History booklet, circa 1995
8 Assorted booklets and newsletters, 1980-1989
9 Assorted correspondence and manuscript materials, 1968-1999
10 Base layout blueprints, 1966, 1986
Clippings
Box Folder
8 1 "Historical/publicity articles," 1959-1972
Jet Gazette clippings
Box Folder
8 2 "News '77," 1977
3 "News '79," includes complete issue of Vol. 33, No. 29, 2 August 1979, 1979
4 "News '80," 1980
5 "News '81," 1981
Box Folder
9 1 "News '82," 1982
2 "News Items -- Book #3 -- As a Matter of Fact," 1973-1975
3 Photocopies of photos of newspaper articles from Jet Gazette and Centex Sky Views (from display boards), 1945-1991, undated
4 Logos and emblems, undated
5 Map of Vietnam Western Boundary ADIZ, with notations, undated
Location Box
qAR 61 Oversize items, includes Civil Air Patrol certificate of appreciation (1983), shared vision diagram, and 67th TRW operations emblem, 1983, undated
Box Folder
9 6 USAF Unit Lineage and Honors History memoranda, 1981-1988

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