A Guide to the Moses (Harry Bowman) Papers, 1893-1947
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Harry Bowman Moses Papers, 1893-1947, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers