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Elton Ross Silliman Papers

Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Names:
Aerovias Centrales, S.A.  Search this
CiA Mexicana de Aviacion, S.A.  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Extent:
1.35 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Reports
Financial records
Place:
Panama
Venezuela
Mexico
Date:
1930-1982
Summary:
This collection consists of Elton Silliman's personal and business papers. The material consists of correspondence, photographs, and documents pertaining to airline operations during the period 1930-1960, as well as airport and hotel financial records. The material also includes club and society reports and membership lists.
Scope and Content:
[For brevity's sake, Pan American Airways, Inc. and Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, S.A. will be referred to in this finding aid as PAA and CMA respectively.]

This collection consists mainly of Elton Ross Silliman's business papers. These papers relate to his career with PAA and its subsidiary, CMA. Both companies had Silliman operating out of Mexico, Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean and interacting with many Latin Americans prominent in the fields of aviation, government, and industry. Consequently, much of the correspondence, handbooks, and newspaper clippings are in the Spanish language. No attempt was made during processing to translate these materials. Included in these papers are PAA and CMA expense and financial reports, photographs and miscellaneous materials. This collection also includes a small amount of materials (personal correspondence) pertaining to Silliman's personal life – in particular, his interest in hunting rifles and the death of his father in 1950.
Arrangement:
Silliman's papers are arranged both chronologically and alphabetically. Correspondence, financial reports, photographs, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous materials are organized by the former method. Handbooks and directories are grouped alphabetically by title.

The following series are recognizable within the collection:

Series I: Correspondence - Professional

Series II: Correspondence - Personal

Series III: Financial Reports

Series IV: Handbooks and Directories

Series V: Photographs

Series VI: Newspaper Clippings

Series VII: Miscellaneous Materials
Biographical/Historical note:
Elton Ross Silliman was an airline executive and manager in Latin America for Aerovias Centrales, S.A., Pan American Airways (PAA), Inc. and PAA subsidiary, Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, S.A. (CMA). As an American citizen living and working in this field throughout Central America and Mexico for several decades, he helped develop and expand U.S. commercial air service south of the Rio Grande. During 1931-32, he organized Aerovias Centrales, S.A. in Mexico. He joined PAA in 1933 as the company's special representative in Central America, Panama, Venezuela, and the Dutch West Indies. In 1943, Silliman became general manager for CMA. He retired from this position in the 1960s.
Provenance:
Mrs. Elton R. Silliman, Gift, 1989, 1989-0050
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- Mexico  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Airlines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Reports
Financial records
Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0050
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Handbooks and Directories

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1956
Arrangement.:
Alphabetical.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0050, Series 4
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1941
Arrangement:
Chronological.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0050, Series 5
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Newspaper Clippings

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934-1951
Arrangement:
Chronological.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0050, Series 6
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Miscellaneous Materials

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935 and 1952
Arrangement:
Chronological.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0050, Series 7
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Financial reports, Hotelera Mexicana, S.A., Mexico

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1954-1956
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 3: Financial Reports
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Financial reports, Hotelera Mexicana, S.A., Mexico

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1956-1958
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Financial report, CMA

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1956 December
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Handbook, American Club of Guatemala, Guatemala

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1931
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 4: Handbooks and Directories
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Handbook, American Society of Mexico -- Constitution and By-Laws, Mexico City, Mexico

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1946
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Directories, Club de Banqueros de Mexico

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
June 1953
1956 June
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Handbook, Reglamento del Guatemala Country Club, Guatemala

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1930
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Building plan, PAA terminal, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1935 June 15
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 7: Miscellaneous Materials
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Report of the Executive Secretary of the Pan American Society of the United States, Incorporated, 40th annual meeting, The university Club, New York, New York

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1952 April 16
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 7: Miscellaneous Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Articles and correspondence, Douglas DC-2 aircraft flight demonstration, San Salvador, El Salvador

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1934 October
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 6: Newspaper Clippings
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Silliman and CMA

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1949-1951
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 6: Newspaper Clippings
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Inauguration of southbound Air Mail service, Guatemala City, Guatemala (with Ford Tri-Motor aircraft)

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1930 March 19
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 5: Photographs
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Aerial view near Santa Ana, Costa Rica

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1930 June 26
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 5: Photographs
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San Salvador, El Salvador

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1930 October 1
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers
Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 5: Photographs
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Honduras and aircraft

Collection Creator:
Silliman, Elton Ross, 1902-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1941
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Elton Ross Silliman Papers, Acc. 1989-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Elton Ross Silliman Papers / Series 5: Photographs
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