GROPMAN, Alan Louis Papers (1939-1972)

1.4 cu ft

Call No. 168.7061

IRIS No. 1008611-1008620,1010300-1010317,1012282-1012320

(1938- ). Colonel. USAF, 1959-1986.

Born 4 February 1938, Medford, MA. BA, Boston U, 1959; MA, Boston U, 1970; PhD, Tufts U, 1975. Air Command and Staff College, 1972; Air War College, 1978. Career assignments include: various duties as company and field grade officer, 1959-1970; Assistant Professor of History, USAF Academy, 1970-1974; planning and Programming Officer, Air Staff, HQ USAF, 1978. Author of The Air Force Integrates, 1945-1964 (1978) and Airpower and the Airlift Evacuation of Kham Duc (1979). Retired June 1986.

Official papers relating to Gropman's Air Force career. Includes a collection of source materials used in the writing of a study of USAF integration policies, 1945-1964. Consists primarily of photocopied official correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other materials related to the formulation of desegregation policies of the USAF during the Truman presidency and the administration of the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Contains materials on the Fahy (1949) and Gesell (1962) Committees, the Gillem Board (1945), a few black units in World War II, the treatment of blacks on various installations including freeman Field, IN, Godman Field, KY and Lockbourne AFB, OH 1945-1949. Also includes materials on various leaders of the black rights movement within the Air Force such as Spann Watson, Daniel (Chappie) James, Lucius Theus, and others.

Access to some materials is restricted by security classifications.