Eldon Earle Davidson records on Savannah International Airport
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Eldon Earle Davidson records on Savannah International Airport

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Davidson, Eldon Earle, 1920-2007.
Title: Eldon Earle Davidson records on Savannah International Airport
Dates: 1958-1995
Extent: 5.75 cubic feet (5 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Identification: MS 1552

Biographical/Historical Note

Eldon Earle Davidson was born in Dennis, Massachusetts on 2 May 1920. He attended public schools in Dennis and graduated from Yarmouth High School in 1938. He then entered Norwich University, a military college in Vermont, and graduated in 1942 with a B.S. in biology. After college, Davidson refused a commission in the U.S. Army and instead became a naval aviation cadet. He graduated from the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida on 1 April 1943 and was selected for a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a pilot from 1943 until he retired in 1963.

While serving in the Marines, Davidson attended and graduated from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School with a M.S. in meteorology in 1949 and graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School in 1954. He also served in two combat tours during World War II (1939-1945) beginning in the South Pacific and ending in North China and later served in the Korean War (1950-1953). Prior to his retirement from the Marines, Davidson served a tour with the aviation support group for President Dwight D. Eisenhower's trips to Europe and South America.

After his retirement from military service, Davidson became the Assistant Manager at the Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina from 1963 to 1964. He was later hired as the Executive Director of the Savannah International Airport in Georgia in December 1964 and worked there until December 1991. While in Savannah, he was a member of various boards and organizations including the following: Airport Operator's Council International, American Association of Airport Executives, Southeastern Airport Manager's Association, Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Salvation Army, Atlantic Bank and Trust Company, Bank South, Leadership Savannah, Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club of Savannah, and the Navy League of Savannah.

Davidson was married to Mary Jeannette Cocreham of Corpus Christi, Texas and the couple had three children. Eldon Earle Davidson died on 14 May 2007 at the age of eighty seven in Savannah, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains copies of newspaper clippings, reports, correspondence, photographs, financial records, and other miscellaneous records that Eldon Earle Davidson collected throughout his career as Executive Director of the Savannah International Airport from 1958 to 1995. Also included within this collection is information that Davidson gathered on the history of aviation and airports in Savannah, Georgia as well as a short biography on his career with the Savannah International Airport.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 6 boxes:

Box 1: Savannah Airport Commission financial statements, auditors' reports, statistics, reports, two binders on history of aviation in Savannah, 1958-1995

Box 2: Correspondence, reports, photographs, newsletters, flight schedules, binder on history of aviation in Savannah, binder on history of airports in Savannah, biography: The life of an airport manager, 1963-1991, 1967-1991

Box 3: Correspondence with Savannah Airport Commission, Davidson's report on aviation history in Savannah, 1967-1994

Box 4: Correspondence with Savannah Airport Commission, 1982-1991

Box 5: Photocopies of newspaper clippings from the Savannah Morning News on the history of the Savannah International Airport, 1960-1977

Box 6: Photocopies of newspaper clippings from the Savannah Morning News on the history of the Savannah International Airport, 1978-1991


Index Terms

Aeronautics--Georgia--Savannah--History.
Airports--Georgia--Savannah--History.
Airports--Management.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Davidson, Eldon Earle, 1920-2007.
Financial statements.
Letters (correspondence)
Newsletters.
Photocopies.
Photographs.
Reports.
Savannah Airport Commission (Ga.)
Savannah International Airport (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Processing information

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Restrictions

Access restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.