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 Archives Department supports the Museum's mission and assists scholars and researchers by acquiring, preserving, organizing, and describing the documentary evidence of aerospace history.

The Archives' collections span the history of flight from ancient times to the present day and include a wide range of visual and textual materials, including documents, photographs, motion picture film and video, and more than 2 million technical drawings.

The Archives staff welcomes all inquiries from members of the public — researchers, students, and hobbyists. Contact us – we'll be happy to help.

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(703) 572-4045
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Appointments available:
Tuesday – Friday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET