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Anne and Dottie Simpson Collection

 Collection — Folder: One
Identifier: 2016-08-24
This small collection consists of materials related to Dorothy "Dottie" Lewis Simpson's flying career and some commercial airline ephemera. It is unclear if Dottie or her daughter Anne collected the ephemera. Material documenting Dottie Simpson includes her U.S. Army Air Corps wallet with her private pilot's license, medical certificate, and CAA identity card. Her pilot's flight log is also included and primarily covers 1944-1946 but has notations dating as late as 1997. The commercial ephemera in the collection includes: a brouchure for Sitka, Alaska; a brochure for Wien Alaska Airlines with rates, tariffs, and schedules; a Canadian Pacific brochure for "Trail of '98 to the Yukon and Alaska"; a BCPA (British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines) "Southern Cross Route" brochure with maps. All the ephemeral items are undated.


  • 1944-1997


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.


0.05 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)

Biographical Note: Dorothy Lewis Simpson

Dorothy "Dottie" Lewis Simpson (November 27, 1924 - February 12, 2018) was a Pan Am Flight attendant after World War II.

Simpson was born in Bronxville, New York but grew up in Miami, Florida. She attended Duke University, graduating in 1946 with a degree in mathematics. She obtained her pilot's license at age 19 with the intent of becoming a WASP in World War II, but did not get a chance to serve. Instead she became a flight attendand for Pan American Airlines. She moved to Seattle, Washington in 1949. She was very active in Seattle society and involved with many organizations, including The Museum of Flight.

She married her husband, Hunter Simpson, in 1951. They had three children.

Biographical information derived from her obituary.

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:
  • Anne Simpson's captain's uniform and related items and flight bag
  • Dottie Simpson's 1949 Pan Am Stewardess mittens and mukluks
  • Dottie Simpson's Pan Am pendant and lapel pin
  • Eagle in Flight Air Mail Stamp cuff links

Various Jeppesen Airways manuals and NWA B747-400 manuals have been transferred to the Library as well as the following newsletters and books:
  • Clipper: Newsletter of the Pan Am Historical Foundation, Vol. 12, No.2, July 2006
  • Clipper: Newsletter of the Pan Am Historical Foundation, Vol. 14, No.3, November 2008
  • The Flying Clippers. Long Island City, NY : Pan American Airways Education Service, 1961
  • Famous Firsts: The John T. McCoy Pan Am Watercolors. San Francisco Int’l Airport Museum : San Francisco, 2005
  • Levering, Robert. The Clipper Heritage. Inter-Collegiate Press for the Air Line Pilots Association of Pan American Airways, c.1984
Guide to the Anne and Dottie Simpson Collection
Completed - Level 2
N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
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1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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