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T.A. Wilson Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2000-08-28
The T.A. Wilson Collection is a small collection consisting of one certificate and three photographs from about 1930-1975. The certificate is an award Wilson received in 1975 for distinguisehd achievement from the Wings Club reconginzing his work at the Boeing Company. The photographs are all formal portraits of Wilson. They consist of a 6x8" black-and-white photograph of Wilson as a young boy; a 5x7" black-and-white photograph of Wilson as a young man; and an 8x10" color photograph of Wilson when working at Boeing.


  • circa 1930-1975


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.


.02 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder, 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Note: T.A. Wilson

T.A. Wilson was President of the Boeing Company in the 1970s.

Born in Missouri, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Iowa State University and then a Master's degree from the California Institute of Technology. He started working at the Boeing Company in 1943, working on bomber programs, notably the swept-wing B-47 Stratojet and B-52 Stratofortress. He also led the proposal team that won the contract for the Minuteman missile. He rose to become president of the company in 1968, chief executive officer in 1969, and chairman in 1972. He retired in 1986 as CEO and retired as chairman in 1987.

Among awards he won were the NAS Award in Aeronautical Engineering in 1985 from the National Academy of Sciences and the Tony Jannus Award in 1992. He was married to Grace Wilson and had three children. He died at age 78 in Palm Springs, California.

Separated Materials

Numerous awards and trophies were separated from the archival component of the collection and were transferred to objects storage. A book of logic puzzles was transferred to the library.
Guide to the T.A. Wilson Collection
N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
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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