Dallas-based Braniff Airways, Inc., dba Braniff International, announces that the company’s Chairman of the Board has been appointed to The University of Texas at Dallas History of Aviation Council. Chairman Richard Ben Cass brings nearly 50 years of service in the aviation and airline business as well as decades of curation of the official records and historical archives of Braniff Airways, Inc., to the coveted Council position.
Dean of Libraries, Ms. Ellen Safley, informed Mr. Cass of his appointment to the Council, which was set up to advise the University’s Special Collections and Archives Division of the Eugene McDermott Library. Ms. Safley noted that the Council meets annually on the UTDallas Campus located in Richardson, Texas. Since February 1982, the Public Relations Archives of Braniff Airways have been housed here.
Mr. Cass has worked closely with UTD concerning the curation of Braniff’s Public Relations Archives, which are still owned by Braniff Airways, since June 1982. Over the past 11 years he has completed a full research project of the entire Archive and is currently overseeing the digitization of the entire collection.
ABOUT BRANIFF INTERNATIONAL
Braniff Airways, Inc., the former international airline, is now a leading global historic airline branding and marketing, online retail and historic airliner tour firm, which was originally formed in 1928. Braniff manages a portfolio of licensing agreements worldwide. The company operates its lucrative Braniff Boutique Online Retail store braniffboutique.com that sells to 120 plus countries worldwide along with three brick and mortar stores. Braniff also administers its original Employee/Retiree Airline Pass Benefits Program, which offers current and former employees discount travel.
Braniff Airways supports Braniff Airways Foundation, which is the official repository for Braniff’s historical corporate and employee records, photographs and negatives and memorabilia. Over 20 million pages of Braniff corporate documents and 40,000 historical items are housed in the Foundation’s Braniff International Heritage Archives, which are housed at three locations in Dallas, Texas.
Braniff Airways created an endowment at The University of Texas at Dallas to support Braniff’s Public Relations Archives that have been housed in the University’s History of Aviation Collection since February 1982. An additional endowment was created to support the administration of Braniff International Heritage Archives.