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Title Delta Air Corporation Cash Journal
Date 1931
Collection Delta Air Lines Records: Crop Dusting
Catalog Number 1995.231.1
Object Name Cashbook
Extent of Description .25 cubic feet; 1 flat box
Creator FitzGerald, Catherine, 1897-1987
Other Creators Delta Air Corporation
Admin/Biographical History Delta Air Corporation was chartered on December 31, 1930, with headquarters based at Selman Field in Monroe, Louisiana. From 1930-1934, its primary operations were crop dusting. Other services included aircraft maintenance and repair, hangar rentals, aerial photography and survey flights, and flying lessons.

The company was previously known as Delta Air Service, which was founded in 1928, when C.E. Woolman and a group of local investors purchased Huff Daland Dusters, the world's first aerial crop-dusting company. On June 17, 1929, Delta inaugurated airline service with the first passenger flights over a route stretching from Dallas, Texas, to Jackson, Mississippi, via Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana. When the air mail contact for the route Delta pioneered was awarded to a predecessor company of American Airlines, Delta suspended passenger operations in October 1930.

After Congress investigated the system of air mail awards in 1934, Delta applied for and received an air mail contact. Mail service started on July 4, 1934, between Ft. Worth, Texas, and Charleston, South Carolina, with passenger service resuming on August 5.

These records were probably kept by Catherine FitzGerald, who managed the Delta Air Corporation offices in Monroe, La.
Scope & Content Delta Air Corporation's Cash Journal for January-December 1931. The journal consists of handwritten notations on pages attached together with two metal fasteners. Several pages are loose.

This cash journal shows income and expenses for Delta during the difficult days of the Great Depression. Delta's main business at the time was crop dusting. The journal entries also show business activities that supplemented Delta's income from crop dusting, including hangar space rentals, aircraft maintenance and repairs, aircraft fuel sales, office space rentals to American Airways, flying lessons, aerial photography and survey flights.
System of arrangement Entries into the cash journal were made in chronological order.
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Language of Material English (eng)
Credit line Delta Air Lines
Accruals No accruals are expected.
People FitzGerald, Catherine, 1897-1987
Archivist's Notes Processed by Marie Force in 2006.
Search Terms Delta Air Corporation
Delta Air Lines
Delta Agricultural Division
Delta Dusting Division
American Airlines
Monroe, La.
South (U.S.)
Subjects Aerial dusting in agriculture
Aircraft maintenance
Crop dusting
Flight training
Fuel supply
Rental services
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