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Davidson Family Collection

Identifier: A-0360

Scope and Contents

The collection mostly consist of genealogical information on the Davidson and allied families.


  • Event: Donated 1/18/2017

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Jim King Davidson (1930-2013) was born near Milam, Texas, to Gheron and Irona Bragg Davidson. He grew up in Sabine County, then served nine years in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War veteran. Afterwards he attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1957 and a Master of Science in Aero-Space Engineering in 1961.

While working at NASA, King invented the weightless chamber in which the astronauts trained for the first moon landing. Later working with Bell Helicopter and LTV Lockheed Martin, he was on the team that developed the Osprey dual flight plane now used by the Marines and led the team that developed the Gazelle helicopter with the vertical tail prop.

King retired to his home in Sabine County in 1978, where he operated a heating and air/conditioning business for many years.

Source: Starr Funeral Home, Inc. Hemphill, Texas.


0.20 Cubic Feet


The collection consists of four folders and housed with other collections in a banker's box. It is organized at the folder level. Bundle 1 is located in map case 7, drawer 15.

Guide to the Summers Family Collection
Linda Reynolds
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository