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James J. Hudson Papers

Identifier: MC 1118

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of Hudson's research papers on military aviation history, including the drafts of his second book, have been donated to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The materials remaining in this collection represent a selection of documents pertaining to Hudson's career as a scholar and historian; teaching materials used by Hudson while conducting classes at the University of Arkansas, including a selection of student papers written by participants in Hudson's classes; Hudson's research materials and writings pertaining to the American Civil War and general military history; research papers collected or created by Hudson pertaining to Captain Field E. Kindley, a World War I ace. The Folders in each series have been topically labeled.


  • Creation: 1913-1990


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

The student essays and research papers are available for research use only. The copyright remains with the individual authors. Permission to quote for publication sections from any of the student papers must be obtained from the individual authors.

Use of originals is restricted for preservation reasons. Access copies are available for use. No Interlibrary Loan. Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

James J. Hudson (1919-1991) was a historian, World War II fighter pilot, and University of Arkansas Graduate School dean. Born in Lavaca, Arkansas, Hudson attended the University of Arkansas during the 1940s where he earned his bachelor and master's degrees in history. He received a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1952. During World War II, Hudson served in the United States Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot in the European theater and was decorated for bravery in combat. He began teaching at the University of Arkansas in 1952, specializing in military and Civil War history, and became dean of the Graduate School in 1972. His writing and research interests centered mainly on military aviation and the Civil War. Hudson published two books on World War I flyers, Hostile Skies: A Combat History of the American Air Service in World War I (1968) and In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen Who Flew With the British During the Great War (1990).


1.8 Linear Feet (5 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Boxes are arranged by subject

  1. Selected career documents
  2. Teaching materials
  3. Writing and research files
  4. Field E. Kindley materials

Acquisition Information

Class lecture notes, research materials, student essays, and personal documents pertaining to James J. Hudson were donated to Special Collections, May 8, 1991, by Mabel Hudson of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Allen Scott, completed January, 1992


James J. Hudson Papers
Kim Allen Scott
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444