Braniff Airways Creates Endowment at University of Texas to Care for Corporate Archive

By Kurt Stolz on 18 September 2020
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Braniff Airways, the airline that flew from 1930 through 1982 and that continues as a branding and licensing company while administering former employee travel benefits, announced that it has set up a permanent endowment at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Braniff Airways Public Relations Archives Endowment will support the archiving of Braniff’s corporate communications files.  The files include news releases, photographs, negatives, transparencies, and other press materials and spans the period from 1926 through 1982.

The collection is housed in the History of Aviation Collection at the university on its main campus.

The company said it plans to create a separate endowment to support Braniff International Heritage Archives, which will be housed at the university at a future date.

Braniff was formed in 1930 by Thomas and Paul Braniff. It was granted its first airmail route by the federal government in 1935.

At the time the carrier shut down, it had a mostly Boeing fleet that included Boeing 727-100s and -200s, Boeing 747-100s and -200s, and Boeing 747-SPs, the special performance variant of the Queen of the Skies that was designed for longer range, a shorter fuselage, and meant to compete with the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar. The carrier also had McDonnell Douglas DC-8s, and it operated the Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde, which were owned by British Airways and Air France but flown by Braniff crews on service between Dallas and Washington, D.C., as part of an interchange agreement for service between Texas and Europe.

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