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Museum Archives

Archives

Please Note:

Due to a storage reorganization and shelving project we are not accepting artifact donations in-person or by mail at this time. You may submit your information, and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

We are also not able to accommodate in-person research appointments at this time, and some collections may have limited access. If you have a research question, please contact us about remote research assistance and we will do our best to help.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you.


The Museum of Flight Archives contains over 5,000 cubic feet of paper, photographic, and audiovisual materials that document the evolution of manned flight, from the Wright Brothers to modern jet travel to space exploration. We have millions of images, including photographic prints, negatives, slides, and transparencies. Our paper-based materials include maps, charts, drawings, blueprints, log books, diaries, manuscripts, research and technical documentation, correspondence, philately, and ephemera such as airline tickets and luggage tags. Audiovisual materials consist of oral history recordings, videos, and films.

Accessing Materials

To access finding aids for select archival collections, visit our research portal: Archives at The Museum of Flight. To browse digitized materials from our archival, library, and artifact collections, visit our online repository: The Museum of Flight: Digital Collections. Many items are also featured on the Collections Department's Instagram account. Archival collections are accessible in-person by appointment in the Museum’s Dahlberg Research Center

Some of our projects have been funded and endorsed by outside organizations, including the Council on Library and Information Resources, the United States World War One Centennial Commission, and 4Culture .