U.S. AIR FORCE PRE-1954 STILL PHOTO COLLECTION
MOVED TO NATIONAL ARCHIVES
As of 1 January 1998, the U.S. Air Force's loan agreement with the
National Air and Space Museum terminated. The U.S. Air Force
Pre-1954 Still Photo Collection has been transferred to the Still
Pictures Branch of the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and relocated to the National
Archives facility at College Park, Maryland. The collection was physically
moved to NARA at College Park on 12 January 1998 to become part of Record
Group 342 and has been designated as Series FH. The NARA Still
Pictures Branch opened the collection to researchers at its new location
in February 1998. For access to and information about the collection,
please contact NARA
Still Pictures Branch.
ARCHIVES REFERENCE SUPPORT
Although the collection has been physically moved to NARA, the Museum Archives
Division can still provide some reference support to researchers interested
in using the USAF collection. In addition to Archival Videodiscs
3 and 4, which record television-resolution copies of the images in the
collection, the Museum also has produced a major-subject level finding aid,
and has retained item-level caption information for about 30% of the collection.
The Museum can also translate old reference numbers into new NARA "citation"
Please contact the Archives Reference
Desk for assistance.
ORDERING REPRODUCTIONS OF USAF COLLECTION PHOTOGRAPHS
Photo orders for USAF materials can no longer be accepted by either
the National Air and Space Museum or the Smithsonian Institution Office
of Imaging, Printing and Photographic Services (OIPP). All requests for
duplicate photographs of images in the U.S. Air Force Pre-1954 Still
Photo Collection should be directed to the NARA
Still Pictures Branch.
Researchers communicating with NARA or their vendors
about a specific USAF image should use the following image reference number
format (NARA "citation"):
342-FH-NASM Videodisc Number-USAF Negative
Example: USAF Negative Number 45903 AC, which is also NASM
Videodisc Number 3B-44430, would be cited by NARA as: 342-FH-3B-44430-45903-AC.
REFERENCE NUMBERS USED IN THIS COLLECTION
- Videodisc Numbers are used as print
numbers in this collection. The reference prints are also frequently
referred to as "book prints." Valid Videodisc Numbers always begin
with the prefix 3A-, 3B-, or 4A- (the videodisc number and side) followed
by a five-digit videodisc frame number. About 15% of the images in the
USAF collection do not have negative numbers assigned; for these images
the Videodisc Number is the only valid reference number.
- USAF Negative Numbers indicate that
the image is either black-and-white or color. USAF numbers for black-and-white
images will end with the suffix AS, AC, or USAF (the overwhelming majority
use the AC or "Air Corps" suffix). USAF numbers for color images will
begin with the prefix K (or occasionally KE).