By Laura Capell
Title: William McEvoy papers, circa 1936-1950s
Creator: McEvoy, William J. (1901-1994)
Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 29/09/2011
Scope and Contents of the Materials
William J. McEvoy worked as a government liaison for Pan American Airlines for over thirty years. The William McEvoy Papers include his unpublished memoir, Presidents Who Have Flown with Me, which focuses on President Truman’s trip to Wake Island in 1950. The collection also contains photographs from President Roosevelt’s trip to South America in 1936 and Vice President Henry Wallace’s trip to South America in 1943, as well as approximately 1200 slides from McEvoy’s travels around the world in the 1950s.
William J. McEvoy (1901-1994), a native of Washington, D.C., worked as a reporter for United Press before joining Pan American Airlines in 1930. He helped to establish Pan Am’s government liaison office and participated in negotiations with Congress on U.S. Post Office foreign airmail contacts. He was the Assistant Vice President for Public Relations, Governmental Affairs, and Special Projects for Pan Am when he retired in 1967.
McEvoy was the project officer for Presidential trips abroad, arranging the charter of Pan Am aircraft to transport Secret Service agents, members of the press, and government officials accompanying the President and Vice President. He also made travel arrangements and escorted Congressional committees on official visits abroad, and planned christening ceremonies for Pan Am airplanes involving First Ladies, diplomats, and government officials.
This collection is open for research.
William McEvoy Papers Finding Aid © 2011 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to email@example.com.
Gift of U.S. Secret Service.
Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records
Collection processed by Laura Capell, with Dvora Harel.
Box and Folder Listing
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Biography & Information, December 8, 1901 - March 13, 1994
- Folder 2: Retirement Press Release, 7 February 1967
- Folder 3: Presidents Who Have Flown With Me - Foreword
- Folder 4: Chapter One: The White House Calls
- Folder 5: Chapter Two: Action, Confusion & Headaches
- Folder 6: Chapter Three: The Flying Fourth Estate
- Folder 7: Chapter Four: Westward Ho
- Folder 8: Chapter Five: Destination Wake
- Folder 9: Chapter Six: Macarthur Reports
- Folder 10: Chapter Seven: Mid-Pacific Screen Test
- Folder 11: Chapter Eight: Two Sundays & No Saturday
- Folder 12: Chapter Nine: Guard That Man
- Folder 13: Chapter Ten: Perle, Margaret, Shipping Strike, and Hot Dogs
- Folder 14: Chapter Eleven: The Foundation of Youth
- Folder 15: The Baffling Henry Agard Wallace
- Folder 16: Ivory Keys to Rio
- Folder 17: Preparation for President Eisenhower's Trip to Panama, July 1956
- Folder 18: Photographs: President Franklin Roosevelt's Trip to South America, November - December 1936
- Folder 19: Photographs: Vice President Henry Wallace's Trip to South America, February - March 1943
- Box 2
- Folder 1: Trips
- Folder 2: Slides: Pakistan, 1959
- Folder 3: Slides: U.S.S. Essex, 1959
- Folder 4: Slides: Athens, Greece, 1959
- Folder 5: Slides: Tunisia, U.S.S. Essex, Washington, D.C., 1959
- Folder 6: Slides: Toulon, France, 1959
- Folder 7: Slides: Casablanca, Morocco/California/Washington, D.C./Alaska?, 1959
- Folder 8: Slides: Far East Trip, 1959
- Folder 9: Slides: Far East Trip, 1959
- Folder 10: Slides: Brasilia, Brazil/Anchorage, Alaska?, 1960
- Folder 11: Slides: Bariloche, Argentina, 1960
- Folder 12: Slides: Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1960
- Folder 13: Slides: Santiago, Chile and Montevideo, Uruguay, 1960
- Folder 14: Slides: ? Old Red
- Folder 15: Slides: ?
- Folder 16: Slides: ? Dry Run Eisenhower
- Folder 17: Slides: ? Overseas Trip
- Folder 18: Slides: ? Washington, D.C.
- Folder 19: Slides: ? Same Old Red
- Folder 20: Slides: ?
- Folder 21: Slides: ? The Panamy Family