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Marilyn (Chittick) Deel Pan Am Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 2012-08-02
The collection is comprised of materials, including scrapbook pages and loose photographs as well as two clippings, related to Marilyn (Chittick) Deel and her time as a flight attendant and purser for Pan American World Airways (Pan Am), 1959-1961.

The bulk of the collection are the scrapbook pages. The pages are black paper and primarily hold photographs using photo corners, tape, and/or glue. It also holds a few pieces of ephemera in the form of correspondence and clippings. Pages usually have 2-4 items, although some are blank and some have empty spaces where material is missing. It is possible some of the loose photographs in the collection used to be in the scrapbook. The scrapbook has sixty (60) photographs, which are a mix of casual and posed, and many include handwritten captions that provide contextual information, including names, dates, and locations, affixed below the image or elsewhere on the page. Sizes vary and the photographs are both color and black-and-white. The photographs typically depict Deel and fellow employees going about their work day. They also show Pam Am aircraft (often obscured), aerial shots from flights, and images of home and vacation. There are also twenty-one (21) loose photographs. The photographs are a mix of color and black-and-white and range in size. These are typically more casual in nature although there are some portraits. Images depict Deel, family members, and fellow employees in both work and casual settings. Many of the photographs include handwritten captions on the reverse. Duplication occurs.

The collection also has two loose newspaper clippings. One is from the November 26, 1958 Honolulu Star-Bulletin and is an image of Marilyn Chittick and her family arriving at Honolulu Airport. The other clipping is undated from an unidentified newspaper featuring a short article, "72 on Goodwill Trip to 50th State" about Washingtonians heading to Hawaii. Chittick was one of the flight attendants on this flight.


  • 1959-1961


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.


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

Biographical Note: Marilyn (Chittick) Deel

Marilyn (Chittick) Deel was born in Alexandria, Minnesota on June 20, 1938. She graduated from high school in Eugene, Oregon and then attended the University of Hawaii for one year. In 1959, Deel joined Pan American World Airways as a flight attendant and purser. She left Pan Am in 1963.

Chittick married Boyd Deel on December 7, 1962. As of 2012, Deel was residing in Hawaii. No further information is known.


Biography derived from collection materials, donor information, and Ancestry.

Separated Materials

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

Along the Line, 1965. Self-published by Wally Dean.


Guide to the Marilyn (Chittick) Deel Pan Am Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 2
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • October 2020: Updated biographical note.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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