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Floyd R. Daniel Boeing Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2010-01-20
The Floyd R. Daniel Boeing Collection is comprised of materials relating to Daniel’s 26-year career as photographer and videographer at the Boeing Company. The collection primarily consists of photographic materials and assorted documents relating to Daniel’s career, as well as seven films, all ranging from the late 1920s to early 1960s.

The photographs, which are comprised of 95 black-and-white prints, nine color prints, 22 negatives, and three transparencies, consist of official Boeing images of various aircraft, including the 707 in various airline liveries and several military aircraft, and employees at Boeing. Some of the photographs were presumably taken by Daniel, but many of them depict him in the Boeing film studios, receiving awards, and with other motion picture unit staff. Some images relate to Daniel's work on films for the Lunar Orbiter and Minuteman programs.

The documents in the collection include a certificate and other documents related to his retirement, assorted notes, and 1983-1984 organizational charts of the graphics/TV units.

The seven films feature aviation-related scenes, approximately spanning the 1930s through the 1960s. The films appears to have been collected from a variety of sources, as they feature a wide range of subject matter. The content of the films are:

  • A Boeing B-29 Superfortress aircraft taking off from an airfield, circa 1950s-1970s
  • Associated Women Pilots of Boeing Field (AWPBF) at Boeing Field, Washington, circa July 1940
  • Aircraft carrier scenes, Pensacola, Florida, circa 1962-1963
  • Family scenes and various military aircraft, 1930s
  • Early aviation activities at Boeing Field (Washington), circa 1928-1935
  • Rescue operations for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress "City of Galveston" crew, filmed by Commander Hiram Cassidy of the USS Pintado, circa 1945
  • A United Air Lines Boeing 247 flight over Seattle, Washington, circa 1930s

The films range from one minute to 13 minutes in length.


  • 1920s-1960s


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. The films in this collection may not be handled, but digital surrogates are available on our The Museum of Flight Digital Collections. 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.


0.8 Cubic Feet (1 full-width letter size document box, 7 film reels )

Biographical Note: Floyd R. Daniel

Floyd R. Daniel was a photographer and videographer with a 26 year long career at the Boeing Company.

Daniel was born in Portland, Oregon in 1919. In 1941, he moved to Seattle, Washington initially to work as a machinist for The Boeing Company. After a short time, Daniel left Boeing and began working as a freelance photographer. As a freelance photographer, Daniel shot major events including the northwest presidential campaigns of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

Daniel returned to Boeing in 1955 to help form the new Motion Picture Unit, eventually becoming Executive Producer. Daniel received two Industrial Film awards, one for his film chronicling Boeing’s space program and one for a Lunar Orbiter concept film for NASA. He retired in 1981.

Daniel married Shirley Anne Clemenson in 1963. Daniel died in 2008.

Biographical note derived from donor information and obituaries on

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.
Guide to the Floyd R. Daniel Boeing Collection
Completed - Level 2
A. Matthews
Description rules
Language of description
Processing, cataloging, and digitization of the films in this collection was made possible by a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) "Recordings at Risk" grant.
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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