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 two million technical drawings.


As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Archives Reading Room remains temporarily closed and future appointments are currently unavailable. However, we encourage you to explore our online finding aids and digital collections.

While the Archives Reading Room is closed, our staff is offering some support services, including responding to research requests and limited reproductions. Staff has limited access to collection materials, so responses may take longer.