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William McEvoy papers, circa 1936-1950s | University of Miami Special Collections

By Laura Capell

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Title: William McEvoy papers, circa 1936-1950sAdd to your cart.

ID: ASM0143

Creator: McEvoy, William J. (1901-1994)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 29/09/2011

Languages: English

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  The William McEvoy Papers include his unpublished memoir, Presidents Who Have Flown with Me, which focuses on President Truman’s trip to Wake Island in 1950.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.

Biographical Note

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.

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Aeronautics, Commercial - History
Aviation history
Pan American World Airways, Inc.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: William McEvoy Papers Finding Aid © 2011 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Acquisition Source: Gift of U.S. Secret Service.

Related Materials: Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records

Processing Information: Collection processed by Laura Capell, with Dvora Harel.

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Folder 1: Biography & Information, December 8, 1901 - March 13, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Retirement Press Release, 7 February 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Presidents Who Have Flown With Me - ForewordAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Chapter One: The White House CallsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Chapter Two: Action, Confusion & HeadachesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Chapter Three: The Flying Fourth EstateAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Chapter Four: Westward HoAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Chapter Five: Destination WakeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Chapter Six: Macarthur ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Chapter Seven: Mid-Pacific Screen TestAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Chapter Eight: Two Sundays & No SaturdayAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Chapter Nine: Guard That ManAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Chapter Ten: Perle, Margaret, Shipping Strike, and Hot DogsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Chapter Eleven: The Foundation of YouthAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: The Baffling Henry Agard WallaceAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Ivory Keys to RioAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Preparation for President Eisenhower's Trip to Panama, July 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs: President Franklin Roosevelt's Trip to South America, November - December 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photographs: Vice President Henry Wallace's Trip to South America, February - March 1943Add to your cart.

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