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James George Burton Photograph Collection

Identifier: 2015-11-25
The James George Burton Photograph Collection is comprised of two (2) panoramic photographs relating to the Army Balloon School at Ross Field, Arcadia, California, where Burton was a student. The photographs show students of the school posed with balloons, jeeps, and motorcycles. Both photographs are credited to the Huddleston Photo Company of Los Angeles, California.


  • 1918


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.8 Cubic Feet (1 oversize panoramic folder)


The James George Burton Photographs are comprised of two panoramic photographs relating to the Balloon School at Ross Field, Arcadia, California.

Biographical Note: James George Burton

James George Burton was born on May 26, 1893 in Nebraska. He served in the United States Army from 1918 to 1919 as a member of the United States Army Air Service, 52nd Balloon Company communications division. After his discharge Burton went on to have a career as an electrician. In 1926, he married Marguerite Shaeffer Burton (1896-circa 1978) in Bell, California and they had two children, Charles G. Burton and Evalyn Amirault. James George Burton died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65 on October 20, 1958.


No further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

The following collections at the Museum of Flight are also related to World War I-era balloons:

Marc A. Lagen Collection. Collection contains military documents, photographs, correspondence, and ephemera relating to the World War I career of Captain Marc Aloysius Lagen in the Balloon Section of the U.S. Air Service.

Samuel E. White Collection. Collection of materials from the WWI career of 2nd Lieutenant Samuel E. White, who served in the 9th Balloon Company, 3rd Army Corps of the American Expeditionary Force.
Guide to the James George Burton Photograph Collection
Completed - Level 3
J. Jones and A. Demeter
Description rules
Language of description
Processing, cataloging and digitization of this collection was made possible by a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) "Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives" grant.
Edition statement
2nd Edition

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2017: Revised to reflect further processing and to align with DACS standards.
  • June 2020: Updated related agents.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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