Related Collections

TWU is the official archive for several aviation organizations that support and encourage women in the field of aviation. Collections include papers, correspondence, photographs, video, uniforms, ephemera, and memorabilia.

  • Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM)
    AWAM is a non-profit organization incorporated February 1997. AWAM’s primary aim is to support women in the aviation maintenance and technical fields and ensures networking opportunities for women. TWU is the official archive for AWAM.
  • British Air Transport Auxiliary
    During World War II, American men and women pilots along with pilots from all over the world joined the British Air Transport Auxiliary to help with the Allied cause. The ATA was the first to employ women to ferry military aircraft.
  • Mercury 13
    The women aviators of Mercury 13 passed the same physical and psychological exams as the Mercury 7 male astronauts, proving their capability to meet the same strenuous criteria as the men. TWU houses many of the personal collections of the Mercury 13
  • Ninety-Nines
    Established in 1929, the Ninety-Nines, Inc. is an organization of licensed women pilots. The group was named for the original ninety-nine charter members, which included Amelia Earhart, the group’s first president.
  • Whirly-Girls, Inc.
    The Whirly-Girls International is a diverse association of women helicopter pilots established in 1955 and is affiliated with the Helicopter Association International. Texas Woman’s University is the official archive for the Whirly-Girls.
  • Women Military Aviators
    WMA is an organization of female military aviators originally established in 1978. It is dedicated to promoting and preserving the role of female pilots, navigators, and aircrew members. Texas Woman’s University serves as their official archive.