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Denise Babcock Schmidt Pan American Airways Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 2008-10-28
The Denise Babcock Schmidt Pan American Airways Flight Attendant Collection is comprised primarily of textual materials and some photographs documenting Schmidt's time as a Pan Am flight attendant from 1973-1985, with some materials dating in the 2000s.

The collection contains two Pan Am Stewardess School diplomas with color photographic 8x10" class portraits and accompanying certificate holder, 1973 and 1977. In addition, there are twelve color 3x5" photographs which are casual snapshots of Schmidt in her Pan Am uniform, co-workers, and family. None of the images include captions. There is also one color portrait, dated January 1970, of William C. Westmoreland which includes an inscription on the front: "To Irma de Pedro - On behalf of the troops, sincere thanks to you and all the crews for many pleasant R and R [rest and relaxation] flights. - W. C. Westmoreland." The connection between de Pedro and Schmidt is unknown but it is possible they worked together at Pan Am.

There are also pieces of assorted Pan Am ephemera such as decals, postcards, menus, and route maps. Instructional materials, including booklets about the 24-hour clock, Pan Am routes, and "Knapkin Knack," a photocopy of a guide to napkin folding for first class service, are also included. There are two additional booklets about this history of Pan Am, a Jetwings World Wings newsletter (1992), and eleven World Wings International calendars (1997-2008) as well as a Miami Herald clipping from June 30, 2001 about Pan Am returning to the Miami, Florida area and a "Pan Am Vietnam Wings of Freedom: 30th Anniversary of the Last Flight Out" commemorative booklet from a symposium and reunion in Arlington, Virigina on April 22, 2005.


  • 1973-2008


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.


0.40 Cubic Feet (1 full-width letter size document box)

Biographical Note: Denise Babcock Schmidt

Denise Babcock Schmidt was born in Hawthorne, California on December 2, 1950. Schmidt served as a Pan American Airways (PAA) flight attendant from 1973-1985. She trained in Miami, Floria and flew out of various airports, including Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California.

After leaving PAA, Schmidt became a teacher in 1987. As of 2008, she was still actively teaching and residing in California.


Biography derived from donor information and collection materials.

Separated Materials

There is a quantity of materials which have been separated from the archival component and are kept in Objects storage, including a 1983 Pan Am uniform, assorted Pan Am pins and buttons, playing cards, travel and shaving kit, and nametags. For more information contact us.

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.


Guide to the Denise Babcock Schmidt Pan American Airways Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 1
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Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

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