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Angela Gardner Trans World Airlines Flight Attendant Collection

Identifier: 2008-08-15
The Angela Gardner Trans World Airlines Flight Attendant Collection is comprised of textual and visual materials that relate Gardner's time as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines (TWA) from 1962-1987. The bulk of the collection was gathered by Gardner in the course of her employment.

The collection contains employee-related documents including labor agreements, benefits and insurance booklets, pay information, and job descriptions. There is also a small amount of documentation relating to lawsuits against TWA for weight discrimination. There is also an assortment of TWA-related ephemera, such as "Welcome Aboard" Grow Ahead booklets for children, Royal Ambassador First Class luggage tag, and a multilingual booklet, "Cabin Announcements and In-Flight Translator." Additional ephemera includes several flight attendant themed blank holiday cards and a January 1970 edition of the UK magazine, 'Teen featuring a "super airline career issue."

There are two digital reproduction of photographic prints and a single photocopied page of five additional images (originals not in collection). One of the digital prints is a black-and-white group portrait of TWA flight attendants; the other is a hand-colored portrait of Angela Gardner in her TWA uniform. The five remaining color photocopied images feature Gardner and fellow airline personnel, as well as obscured views of a TWA aircraft. None of the images include identifying information, such as dates, names, or locations.

At the end of the collection is a handwritten receipt dated June 17, 1943 for a cigarette case and matchbox holder made by a prisoner-of-war and purchased by Gardner's father, William F. Hughes. It is stamped, though the stamp is faint and very difficult to read. The handwritten portion reads as follows: "Received from F/O Hughes the sum of seventeen dollars and [illegible] in payment of one cigarette case, one matchbox case made by a Prisoner of War. The proceeds of this sale have been placed to the credit of the P.O.W. concerned, less 10% for the Camp Welfare Fund. [signature illegible]-Commander." Gardner received the receipt from her father, Flight Lieutenant William F. Hughes, who was stationed in Nigeria with the RAF during World War II. The case and holder are kept in Objects storage (see Separated Materials).


  • 1943, 1962-1993


Language of Materials

There is one booklet "Cabin Announcements and In-Flight Translator" in multiple languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuagese, and English. All other 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.


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


Angela J. (Hughes) Gardner was a flight attendant with TWA from approximately 1962-1987. The collection documents her work with textual and visual materials.

Biographical Note: Angela J. Gardner

Angela J. (Hughes) Gardner was born in Bromley, Kent, England on November 24, 1937. She was a flight attendant with TWA from approximately 1962-1987.

No further information is known.


Biography derived from collection materials and donor information.


Materials were arranged by format.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Gardner in 2008.


No accruals are expected.

Related Materials

The Museum of Flight also has the Angela and David Gardner Collection (accession 2010-04-27) with additional materials about TWA.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from the archival component and are kept in the Library:

  • International Airline Phrase Book by Joseph Bator, 1968
  • Serial, The 630 News, 1985 Fall Edition
  • Newsletter, On the Line, Janaury 1988, 1988 Special Edition, 1989 Special Edition
  • Serial, Flight Attendant, September/October 1986
  • Flight Service Manual, 1971
  • Flight Service Manual, 1975
  • Domestic Flight Service manual, 1962
  • Inflight Service Manual, 1984
  • Emergency Procedures Handbook, 1987
  • International Flight Service Manual, 1962
  • TWA Travel Tips Britain, 1967
  • TWA Travel Tips Italy, 1966

A 1995 TWA Annual Report has been transferred to the Trade Literature Collection.

Additional materials have been separated from the archival component and are kept in Objects storage, including TWA-related items such as playing cards, socks and slippers, a toiletry kit, an oversize TWA menu on a scroll, and shoe shine kit. There is also a cigarette case and matchbox holder obtained from the donor's father, which were made in 1943 by a German POW in Nigeria (a receipt for these two items remains in the archival collection). For more information, contact us.


Guide to the Angela Gardner Trans World Airlines Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 3
J. Parent, N. Davis
2019, 2021
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • 2021 November: Removed manuals to Library; created inventory (level 3 processing)

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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