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Judy Evans Sowell United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 2008-11-09
The Judy Evans Sowell United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection is comprised of textual materials collected by Sowell during her 1965-1993 career with United Airlines (UAL) as a flight attendant.

The collection includes assorted UAL materials, including airline maps, decals, menus, employee documentation, such as pay stubs and recognition letters; instructional materials for stewardesses (1965); and a June 23, 1990 letter from UAL celebrating Sowell's 25th anniversary with the company. There is also a selection of menus and brochures from other airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Airlines, Trans World Airlines, and Scandinavian Airlines.

At the end of the collection is a small amount of materials related to the British Airways Concorde. The materials were all housed within a plastic gift folder which features the Concorde name on it. The materials have been removed from the folder but all items remain together. Included in the folder were a blank flight certificate, blank stationary, an in-flighth entertainment guide, dinner menu, aircraft information booklet, and an October 1989 British Airways Highlife magazine.


  • 1965-1990


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. 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.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 half-width legal size document box)

Biographical Note: Judith Evans Sowell

Judith "Judy" Evans Sowell was born February 24, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. She attended college at the University of Oregon. Sowell flew as a flight attendant for United Airlines from July 1965-April 1993. No further information is known.


Biography derived from donor information and collection material.

Separated Materials

The following material has been separated from the archival component and is kept in Objects Storage:

  • “Judy Sowell” name patch
  • Two (2) “Judy Sowell” gold metal nametags
  • Concorde silver frame (giveaway)
  • Concorde luggage tag (plastic)

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.


Guide to the Judy Evans Sowell United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 1
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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