Collections of the National Air and Space Museum Archives
The Archives currently holds ten thousand cubic feet
of aviation and space related material, including hundreds of collections.
Personal and professional papers document the professional activities
of the material's creator as well as personal and family matters. Corporate
and organizational records reflect the activities of those entities. Artificial
collections are compiled by someone other than the creator of the actual
documents and consist primarily of published material gathered from various
sources to form reference files around one or more topics.
The finding aids below provide a small sampling of guides
to the Collections in our holdings. Although our collections are in a
number of media, those whose finding aids are presented below are largely
paper-based. Most of the finding aids below are offered in two formats:
HTML and Adobe Acrobat PDF, the latter for those who wish to print out
a finding aid. The free Adobe
Acrobat Reader is needed to view PDF files.
In addition to the online finding aids, the Archives
Division has contributed descriptions of over 500 of our collections to
the Smithsonian Institution
Research Information System (SIRIS), a pan-institutional system that
provides access, for staff and public alike, to the information resources
held by the Institution's libraries, archives, art inventories, and research
units. Please visit SIRIS
to search on these collections.
Researchers must make appointments
to visit the Archives. If you wish to conduct research in any of the following
collections, please contact the Archives Division Reference Desk at 703-572-4045
and we will be glad to assist you. Please call for an appointment as far
in advance of your planned visit as possible, as space is limited. Photocopiers,
microfilm reader/printers and videoprinters are available to researchers
for a fee. Permission to use scanners (supplied by the researcher) must
be obtained in advance.
Finding aids by category