Archival Collections

Starting August 1, the Archives Technical Reference Files will not be available for research, in person or by email request. The collection will be relocating from the Museum location in Washington, DC, to our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. We anticipate reopening access to the Technical Reference Files at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Fall 2018.

The Archives Reading Room at the Udvar-Hazy Center will remain open by appointment, Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Permissions and reference services will continue, but expect delays due to the move. Email the reference desk with questions.

Our archival collections span the history of flight and include a wide range of visual and textual materials, including documents; photographs; motion picture film and video; and more than two million technical drawings. Below you will find a selection of our archival holdings that have been made available online. For more information about accessing our archival collections, please consult our Archives Department's reference services.

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