William I. Votaw Air Mail Collection

William I. Votaw began his career with the railway mail service and was promoted to the US Sea Post Service where he served until the advent of World War I. He established an American Expeditionary Force Postal Station in New York before entering the air mail service. In 1920 Votaw established the Ak-Sar-Ben air field in Omaha , Nebraska, and served as superintendent of the field, the base for the Chicago-Cheyenne segment of the transcontinental route. In 1921 he was appointed Assistant Director of the International Postal Service and in 1929 became Superintendent of Mails for the new United States Lines.