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Noel Parrish Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2018 awards, 2018

Identifier: MS 0948
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Content Description

This collection contains two programs from the "Flights of Fancy" Lone Star Flight Museum Gala, as well as a medal and glass award from the same ceremony. The materials are in good condition and are dated May 5, 2018. Researchers exploring military aviation, the Tuskegee airmen, or the history of Rice alumni would find this collection interesting.


  • Creation: 2018

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Noel Parrish Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2018 awards, 2018 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

Noel Parrish graduated from Rice Institute (today Rice University) in 1928 and enlisted in the United States Army in 1930. His service took him all around the country including Fort Crockett, near Galveston, with the 13th Attack Squadron and the Randolph Field as a flying instructor. In 1941, Parrish was assigned to the role of Assistant Director of Training of the Eastern Flying Training Command at Maxwell Field, Alabama, where he oversaw the “Tuskegee Experiment.” Choosing to forego combat duty, Parrish took command of the Tuskegee Army Airfield in December of 1942. The field was the home base for training of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in the U.S. Armed forces. Parrish is remembered for his steadfast support for the Tuskegee Airmen and his willingness to call out blatant racism against black aviators. After his military retirement in 1964, Parrish returned to Houston and obtained master;s and doctorate degrees in history from Rice.


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The Noel Parrish Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2018 awards collection offers a snapshot of the event honoring, among others, Noel Parrish for being inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions overseeing the Tuskegee airmen at Maxwell Field.


The materials are arranged by date in a single series, Series I: Awards Materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. Ira Gruber donated the materials in 2018.

Guide to the Noel Parrish Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2018 awards, 2018
Gabby Parker
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA