Bell Helicopter Records, 1944-2011 | University of North Texas Special Collections
By Robert Lay, Sam Ivie, Amanda Montgomery, Savannah Bruce, Connor Flowers, Morgan Sisk, and Trista Neeley
|Title:||Bell Helicopter Records, 1944-2011|
|Primary Creator:||Bell Helicopter Textron (1935-)|
|Extent:||318.0 Linear Feet|
|Arrangement:||The Bell Helicopter Records are an extensive and highly organized collection; it has been divided into nine series and eleven sub-series to reflect different offices of origin and/or intended function of the records contained therein. Each series or sub-series may feature a different level of description or system of arrangement as appropriate to the content. In general, audio/visual recordings are listed at the item level, manuscripts at the folder level, and negatives at the box level. Researchers are highly encouraged to refer to the Box and Folder Listing below for a more complete description of the scope and content of each series and sub-series.|
|Date Acquired:||11/00/2014. More info below under Accruals.|
|Subjects:||Bell, Lawrence Dale, Military helicopters--Huey (Helicopter), Military helicopters--HueyCobra, Military helicopters--UH-1 (Helicopter), United States--History--Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Young, Arthur M.|
|Repository:||University of North Texas Special Collections|
Original donation: Accession # 2014-75
First accretion: Accession # 2016-43
|Access Restrictions:||This collection is not restricted.|
All rights to the documents, images, recordings, and other items in the Bell Helicopter Records are retained by the University of North Texas.
Materials may be reproduced for general public historical awareness purposes.
|Physical Access Note:||This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.|
|Technical Access Note:||
Access to audio/visual recordings can be provided by the UNT Media Library. Due to the condition and age of the 16mm films, these items will are only available digitally, and must requested using the Special Collections scan-on-demand procedure. Video cassettes can be requested and viewed in the Media Library, and can also be digitized on request.
At this time, access to photographic negatives can only be provided through the direct assistance of archives staff. Please contact the department for any and all photograph requests.
The department can provide access to most born-digital content upon request. Proprietary file formats may not be available for immediate viewing; these will be decided on a case by case basis. Please contact the dpeartment directly for any requests involving born-digital records in the collection.
Some photographs from this collection are available for viewing on the Portal to Texas History at https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/BELLHR/
|Acquisition Source:||Bell Helicopter Textron|
Prior to donating the materials, Bell Helicopter staff reviewed the collection to remove sensitive personnel records, proprietary company records, and any records still under government classification.
A team of archivists from UNT Libraries visited the Hurst facility in June 2015 to appraise the records and advise on what types of material would be best suited for preservation. The archivists were concerned about the space constraints involved in accepting a large amount of engineering data that might have limited value in regards to the history of the company--this would include materials testing and strain test results that would be all but impossible for a person without a background in engineering to understand. After some deliberation the archivists decided that this engineering and scientific data might have value to audiences that were not traditional users of archives, and the engineering data Bell intended to transfer was not as large as previously thought. The archivists retained this material, with the exception of three linear feet of photo-negatives labeled "MET Lab."
MET Lab refers to the metellurgical lab, which conducted microscopic analysis of aircraft materials. These negatives were microscopic photographs of unidentifiable material samples, and could not be traced to any written test reports. Representatives from Bell did not believe that there was anyone capable of providing information about the MET Lab negatives, so these materials were deaccessioned from the collection.
In addition to the MET Lab negatives, the archivists deaccessioned multiple copies of records. Among the manuscripts were several hundred identical copies of aircraft brochures. The archivists retained three copies of each of these and deaccessioned the remainder.
|Preferred Citation:||The Bell Helicopter Records, 1944 - 2011, University of North Texas Special Collections|
These records were processed by the special projects team of the Department of Special Collections.
Sam Ivie - Photographic prints, photographic negatives, and slides
Amanda Montgomery - Negative index database
Savannah Bruce - Reference Library, Aircraft Files, and photographic negatives
Connor Flowers - Executive Files, Public Relations, photographic negatives, and negative index database
Trista Neeley - Audio/visual materials and Reference Library
Morgan Sisk - Photographic negatives
Robert Lay - Aircraft Files, Sales Records, and general project management and oversight
Browse by Series:
- [Series 1: Audio/Visual Materials, 1944-2011],
- [Series 2: Executive Files],
- [Series 3: Reference Library],
- [Series 4: Sales Records],
- [Series 5: Public Relations],
- [Series 6: Aircraft Files],
- [Series 7: Image Files],
- [Series 8: Flat Files],
- [Series 9: Accruals]
- Series 8: Flat Files
- This series contains a number of oversize documents and flat artifacts. They include large posters, technical drawings, certificates, plaques, and framed items. The series also includes a bound volume of the Bellringer, the company’s original newsletter, from 1943. Some of these items have been stored in the remote storage map case, while others have been housed in acid-free boxes.
- Extent: 2 linear feet, 2 map drawers
- Map Case RCL-A
- Drawer RCL-A-3
- Folder 1: Instrument Panel Negatives, Model 407, 2000
- Folder 2: Instrument Panel Negative, Model 206B, 2000
- Folder 3: Transparencies, undated
- Folder 4: Line Drawings, undated
- Folder 5: Instrument Panel Diagram with Legend, undated
- Folder 6: Building 28, Visual Communications, Floor Plan, undated
- Folder 7: Farnborough Air Show Chalet Floor Plans, 1994
- Folder 8: Indicator Attitude Gyro, Technical Drawing, 1979
- Folder 9: Instrument Panel Diagram, undated
- Folder 10: Painting of Helicopter at Sea, Bill Dale Design, undated
- Folder 11: Art Board, Interior Cutaway, undated
- Folder 12: Art Boards, Model 427 Interior Cutaways, Bill Dale Design, 1996
- Folder 13: Concept Drawing, Cockpit Interior, undated
- Folder 14: Concept Drawing, HueyCobra Cockpit, undated
- Folder 15: Concept Drawing, Model 407 Cutaway, Bill Dale Design, undated
- Drawer RCL-A-4
- Folder 1: Concept Drawing, Model 430 Interior, Bill Dale Design, undated
- Folder 2: Concept Drawing, Model 206L Interior, Bill Dale Design, undated
- Folder 3: Concept Drawing, Medivac Interior, Bill Dale Design, undated
- Folder 4: Concept Drawing, Bell Helicopter Facility with Tiltrotor, undated
- Folder 5: #1 in Law Enforcement Poster, undated
- Folder 6: Promotional Graphic - OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, 2009
- Folder 7: Technical Drawing - HueyCobra Structure Drawing, 1/8 Scale, 1967
- Folder 8: Technical Drawings - XV-15, undated
- Folder 9: Technical Drawing - Controls Installation, Main Rotor, 1/8 Scale, 1974
- Folder 10: Technical Drawing - Hub Assembly for A.A.H., 1/4 Scale, 1973