University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Moses (Harry Bowman) Papers, 1893-1947



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Moses, Harry Bowman, 1898-1974Moses, Dayton, 1873-1943
Title: Harry Bowman Moses Papers
Dates: 1893-1947
Abstract: Comprising personal letters to and from his family and photographs taken of Europe during World War I, the Harry Bowman Moses Papers, 1893-1947, document Moses’ experiences at the onset of American involvement in the war, through Air Corps training camp, and flight training in Italy and France.
Accession No.: 1945
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Harry Bowman Moses (1898-1974), from Burnet County, Texas, and the son of lawyer and Burnet County District Attorney Dayton Moses, enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps in 1917 while a student at Texas A&M College. Attending the First Officers Training Camp at Camp Bullis in Leon Springs, Texas, Moses received ground training in Austin, Texas and flight training in Italy and France. He completed his training in November 1918, two days after the end of World War I, and remained in the Air Corps and served at Kelly Field in San Antonio before resigning in June 1920.

Dayton Moses (1873-1943), from Burnet County, Texas, was a lawyer and District Attorney for Burnet County from 1898 to 1916. That year, he began a law practice in Fort Worth, Texas.


Scope and Contents

Comprising personal letters to and from his family and photographs taken of Europe during World War I, the Harry Bowman Moses Papers, 1893-1947, document Moses’ experiences at the onset of American involvement in the war, through Air Corps training camp, and flight training in Italy and France. Moses’ letters (1917-1920) detail his experiences of flying, receiving his “pilot’s wings”, and the armistice in November 1918. In letters (1944-1947) written by Moses to University of Texas librarian E. W. Winkler, Moses provides background information on his letters and photographs. Additionally, the collection includes the personal and legal papers (1914-1938) of Dayton Moses, including court documents and newspaper articles concerning the removal of Thomas Hickman from the Texas Rangers after a dispute with Governor James Allred in 1935.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Moses, Harry Bowman, 1898-1974 -- Archives
Moses, Dayton, 1873-1943 -- Archives
Hickman, Thomas
Winkler, Ernest William, 1875-1960
Subjects
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations, American -- Sources.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Air operations, American -- Sources.
World War, 1914-1918 -- United States -- Personal Narratives.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Kelly Air Force Base (Tex.) -- History.
Foggia (Italy) -- History--Sources.
United States. Army. Air Corps -- History -- World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harry Bowman Moses Papers, 1893-1947, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2F72 Letters:
1917
1918
1919-1920
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2F73 Letters, written, 1944-1946
Letters, received, 1944-1946
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2F74 Dayton Moses correspondence, clippings, 1935
Dayton Moses papers, 1914-1935
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3T245 Photographs:
World War I
Postwar scenes in Italy, France, England, and Germany
Aerial views
Airplanes 1917-1920