The Museum of Flight Archives holds collections containing a wealth of visual materials including photographs and negatives as well as architectural and engineering drawings, manuscripts and other paper-based items. The Library contains tens of thousands of books and periodicals as well as technical reports, subject files, and an expansive manuals collection.

All researchers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in advance, but drop-in visitors wishing to conduct research or view materials from the Library collection (books, magazines and journals, and clippings files) are welcomed to the Dahlberg Reading Room during our open hours with no appointment necessary. Researchers wishing to view material from Archives collections and the Library’s manual collection must make an appointment in advance.

To plan your visit or for more information, please contact 206-764-5874 or

NOTE: Due to staff shortage, we may not be able to accommodate all drop-in requests to the Dahlberg Reading Room. Advance appointments are strongly recommend.

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Remote Research Assistance

If you cannot come to the Research Center in person, we are happy to provide remote assistance when possible. We provide one free hour of research assistance and are able to conduct further research for a fee—see our fees schedule on our Research Forms page.

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Photo/Reproduction Requests

Are you looking for historical images or reproductions of other material related to aviation or space? We may be able to assist you in locating collection material appropriate for your needs.

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