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Harl V. Brackin Library

**Photo Archives Closed**

As of March 18th, The Museum of Flight Archives is closed to all archival research requests until at least June 2nd due to staffing changes and an ongoing reorganization project in our archives facility. During this closure, the Harl V. Brackin Memorial Library and the Research Center Reading Room will remain open to the public. Any research requests received prior to March 17th will be fulfilled in the coming weeks, however any requests received after March 17th will not be addressed until the reopening in June. We apologize for any inconvenience and sincerely thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

If you have any questions regarding this closure, please contact our Research Center at or 206-764-5874.


Library Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Except federal holidays

Library and research info


A researcher in the Harl V. Brackin Library
Harl V. Brackin, Jr.

The Museum of Flight’s Harl V. Brackin Library is a popular and useful resource for researchers, aviation enthusiasts, students, model-makers, and authors. The Library contains thousands of books, magazines, and manuals, making it one of the most complete and readily-available aviation and space repositories in the country.  Library materials are for reference use and cannot be checked out, duplication equipment is available. 

Highlights of the Brackin Library include:

  • The William E. Boeing, Sr. Library
  • Northrop Institute Library: Original library collection of  the Northrop Aeronautical Institute founded by Dr. John K. Northrop the founder of Northrop Aircraft Company and Dr. James L. McKinley aviation educator and author of aeronautical textbooks
  • NASA and NACA studies, reports, publications
  • The Clairmont L. Egtvedt Library
  • 25,000 Books and 60,000 Magazines all relating to aviation including complete runs of “Cross and Cockade” and “WWI Aero”
  • 4,000 Aircraft & Aircraft Accessory Manuals
  • Complete sets of “Jane’s All the Worlds Air Craft” and “The Aircraft Yearbook”
  • Rare publications include: James Means “The Aeronautical Annuals, 1895-1897”; Christopher Turnor’s 1864 “Astra Castra: Experiments and Adventures in the Atmosphere” and a complete set of Paul Brockett’s “Bibliography of Aeronautics”.
  • Aviation industry and corporate newsletters, house organs, and trade publications
  • 3,800 British Aviation Patents dating from 1815 to 1926 covering the design and development of balloons and aircraft; improvements and the design of propulsion and control devices and aerial navigation.
  • The Library maintains an Aeronautical Library Information system of over 300,000 references that provides access to many of the special information files created by the library.  Included are listings of over 80,000 aviation, an inventory of over 2,000 rare pamphlets, references to 14,000 scale aircraft drawings, and a listing of over 3,5000  biographical articles.

Access to the materials in the Brackin Library is via the Ready Research Desk in the Reading Room. To view and search the library collection online, please click here.