Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


A Successful Move into New Facilities

In about a month during the fall of 2011, the Archives Division transferred its massive holdings into their new home at the Udvar-Hazy Center. The new facility provides more than 16,000 square feet of modern, secure, climate-controlled storage space — three times more space for the collections and seven to eight times more space for rare manuscripts and motion picture film.

The Archives is located across the hall from the Emil Buehler Conservation Lab, providing easy access for the conservation treatment of fragile and/or damaged items such as documents, photographs, drawings, and maps. The new reading room is spacious and provides laptop stations for researchers.

Photo: National Air and Space Museum Archives chair Marilyn Graskowiak and supervisory archivist Mark Kahn place temporary labels on the photo collection racks just after moving into the new Archives facility at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.