From the Archives

Wed, November 7 2018

After Armistice: Continuing Archival Research on World War I

Even though we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice on November 11, 2018, the effects of World War I can be felt to this day.  In the Archives, there are still so many stories left to tell.  Many of our World War I collections are now digitized (some in their entirety) and you can continue to explore these stories on your own.

Read More about After Armistice: Continuing Archival Research on World War I
favorite
Arthur Raymond Brooks and His SPAD XIII "Smith IV"
Thu, September 20 2018

Transcribing Francis Gary Powers’ Soviet Prison Diary

The U-2 Incident and Francis Gary Powers captured the world’s attention in 1960. Now, 58 years later, volunteers all around the world can transcribe his words.

Read More about Transcribing Francis Gary Powers’ Soviet Prison Diary
favorite
Francis Gary Powers' Diary
Sat, July 14 2018

The Grave of Quentin Roosevelt

On July 14, 1918, Quentin Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, died outside of Chamery, France, his Nieuport 28 shot down by a German pilot. To American aviators and soldiers, the grave of Quentin Roosevelt became a shrine, his death a touchstone for service and sacrifice, appearing in many World War I era scrapbooks and collections held by the National Air and Space Museum Archives.

Read More about The Grave of Quentin Roosevelt
favorite
Soldier Views Grave of Quentin Roosevelt, Chamery, France
Mon, June 25 2018

Armistice and Peace: Victory Letters from WWI

Letters home from the front reveal the personal side of wars.  On Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, marking the end of World War I, many American soliders serving abroad were instructed to write victory letters to their fathers. As we move towards the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, a pair of victory letters from France and Connecticut illustrate a different understanding between home and the front, armistice and peace. 

Read More about Armistice and Peace: Victory Letters from WWI
favorite
Portrait of Harold F. Pierce, September 1918
Thu, April 19 2018

An Aviation Pioneer's Life in Documents

The personal papers of William J. Powell, an early African American aviation pioneer, highlight his career with the American Expeditionary Forces and his work to support African Americans in aviation.

Read More about An Aviation Pioneer's Life in Documents
favorite
William J. Powell
Thu, April 5 2018

"Nice Guys" Fly Charter

While the baseball season technically started last week, it doesn’t return to the nation’s capital until Thursday, April 5—the home opener for the Washington Nationals.  Most likely, the team will be returning to Washington, DC, from Atlanta on a chartered flight.

Read More about "Nice Guys" Fly Charter
favorite
Leo Durocher in American Airlines "Flagship Brooklyn"
Thu, December 21 2017

An Aviation Christmas Card Carol

‘Tis the season for holiday cards.  Many cards feature photos of families and pets dressed in festive (maybe even matching) outfits.  Aviators, on the other hand, celebrate their airplanes! The many collections in the National Air and Space Museum Archives are filled with enough cards to last well beyond the 12 days of Christmas.

Read More about An Aviation Christmas Card Carol
favorite
G.M. Bellanca Christmas Card
Mon, November 13 2017

Benjamin O. Davis’s Thanksgiving Turkey in Taipei

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many members of the United States military are stationed overseas, far from home.  In November 1956, Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. and his wife Agatha sat down to a Thanksgiving turkey in Taipei, Taiwan, provided by an unusual source—the Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Read More about Benjamin O. Davis’s Thanksgiving Turkey in Taipei
favorite
Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. and Wife, Agatha, at Taipei Air Force Officers’ Wives Club Event
Wed, August 16 2017

World War I Through the Eyes of Paul Stockton

While the National Air and Space Museum Archives collections feature many WWI materials, the Paul R. Stockton Scrapbook is available to view online in its entirety in slideshow mode.  Stockton documented his experiences from training at Mineola, New York, and the Third Aviation Instruction Center, Issoudun, France, to life at the front in France, to the post-war occupation of Germany.

Read More about World War I Through the Eyes of Paul Stockton
favorite
Paul R. Stockton FAI Pilot's License
Tue, June 20 2017

Our Favorite Sports Stories for #sportsMW

What do baseball, hockey, and football have in common? Hint: It’s more than just the roar of the crowd or competitive all-star athletes. Each sporting event has some connection to aviation and spaceflight—yes, spaceflight. Our intrepid archivist, Elizabeth Borja, has been exploring this connection for years. Whether it’s the testing of spacesuits at a baseball game or the New York Yankees flying on a Douglas DC-4, Borja has uncovered surprising sports stories filed away in the Museum’s Archives. Here are our five, all-time-favorite stories in honor of today’s #MuseumWeek theme: sports (#sportsMW).

Read More about Our Favorite Sports Stories for #sportsMW
favorite
New York Yankees Baseball Team

Pages