Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The materials include photographs, press releases, clippings, correspondence, reports, and brochures, on individuals, organizations, events, and subjects relating to aviation and space.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Astronautics
  • Airlines
  • Propulsion systems

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


National Air and Space Museum Archives Division

Physical description

1920 cubic feet


  • 1800
  • 1800-2017
  • 1800s-2010s


The Technical Reference Files comprise an artificial collection that currently contains 1,920 cubic feet of aviation and space related materials. The files are organized in the following 22 subject series: Aircraft, including both heavier-than-air and lighter-than-air crafts; Propulsion, including engines, accessories, and propellers; Space Propulsion, including all rocket motors, power sources, accessories and components; Biographical, including information on specific people involved in the history of aviation and space exploration; Organizations, both aviation and space-related; Corporations, both aviation and space; Air Transport, including airlines, airports, air mail, and broad air transport topics; Electronics and Communications; Education, including type recognition and aviation schools; Events, Air Expositions, Meets, Races, and Shows, including listings by date/location and subject; Awards and Trophies; Equipment, including flight gear and clothing, instruments, insignias, Brodie System, parachutes,and pressure suits; Space History including topics related to space exploration, astronomy, missiles, rocketry, or remotely piloted vehicles; General Aviation; Government, including national and international government agencies and regulations relating to aviation; Arts and Literature, showing aviation and space exploration as depicted in art, literature, motion pictures, radio, and television including aircraft nose art; Military, both national and international, including armament; Wars; Museums, both national and international air and space museums; Models, including various types of scale aircraft and wind tunnel test models; Safety, including basic information on topics such as accident investigation, safety equipment, medicine, rescue, survival training, noise abatement, and windshear, and Miscellaneous, which includes material on air navigation and aerial photography, and aviation engineering.

Cite as

National Air and Space Museum Technical Reference Files, Accession XXXX-1183 National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Vertical files
  • Collection descriptions
  • Biography files

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