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The Aero Club of America, established in 1905, was reorganized in 1922 as the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The NAA was created to advance the art and science of aviation and related subjects and the diffusion of knowledge thereof by educational means. The NAA has tried to meet this goal by keeping the public informed on the importance of aeronautics and space, by instituting space education programs to stimulate youth interest and by promoting and aiding competitive and sporting aeronautic events.



Processing Information

Series were created by the processing archivist but were based on obvious groupings in the original order. All file unit titles are original unless in brackets; the exception is for Series 4 where the archivist used the homologation request title for the file unit title.


National Aeronautic Association (U.S.)




Jonathan Gaffney, gift, unknown date


81.29 Linear feet


The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) was created to advance the art and science of aviation and related subjects and the diffusion of knowledge thereof by educational means.


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials


Arrangement note

Arranged into series and subseries. Placed in chronological order within each series and subseries with undated materials placed at the end. Series 1: Licenses & Registration 1:1 License Records 1:2 Registration of Race Airplanes 1:3 Sporting Licenses Records 1:4 Timers & Timing Info Series 2: Women's Races / Events 2:1 All-Women International 2:2 Skylady Derby 2:3 All-Woman Transcontinental 2:4 Misc. Races/Events Series 3: Events, Races & Awards 3:1 Wright Trophy 3:2 Collier Trophy 3:3 Brewer Trophy 3:4 Elder Statesman of Aviation 3:5 Air & Balloon Races 3:6 Gliding & Soaring 3:7 Aeromodeling 3:8 Parachuting & Skydiving 3:9 Aerobatics 3:10 Misc. Events Series 4: Attempted & Sanctioned Records 4:1 Record Application Materials 4:2 Administrative re: Records Series 5: Administrative Records 5:1 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) 5: 2 National Aeronautic Association (NAA) 5:3 Chapters/Associations/Affiliates 5:4 Misc. Administrative Records Series 6: Newsletters, Bulletins and Magazines of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) & National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Series 7: Other Publications

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The material includes documents on programs to heighten public awareness of aviation, such as the NAA newsletter and material on special events staged by NAA; material relating to the NAA's educational programs and clubs, such as college aviation clubs; material outlining NAA's active role in supporting and promoting competitive aeronautic events. The collection also includes Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) license cards, business records, minutes, and correspondence of the NAA and material on aviation awards supported or given by NAA such as the Wright and Collier Trophies. There are also newspaper clippings, brochures, programs, reports, publications, magazines, certificates, books, ribbons, badges, maps, drawings and photos. Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects. Documents with personally identifiable information (PII) have not been digitized.




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Aero Club of America

National Aeronautic Association (U.S.)

National Air Races

Topics Aeronautics -- Awards
Aeronautics -- Records
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions
Aeronautical sports
Gliding and soaring


National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Archives (1918-1976), Acc. XXXX-0209, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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