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.

Questions? Contact Us

Make a Research Request
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Phone Inquiries? Call Us.
(703) 572-4045

Please use the Research Request form while the Museum is closed to the public.

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As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14, including NASM Archives.  See our message to visitors.