Sharing Knowledge and the History of Aviation Safety

The Archives is a repository for unique or rare, primary materials relating to aviation safety and security. These collections are available to university users and outside researchers.

In addition to being available on-site, a growing number of documents from the collections can be accessed online through the ASASA Digital Library. The Digital Library contains documents including thousands of photographs, letters, reports, and other items, most of which offer full text.

Contact us for reference services—we'll be happy to help you find what you need, and we can often provide electronic copies of documents for personal use.

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May News and Notes

airplane illustration

The May issue of News and Notes highlights the Aviation Mechanics Creed (written by Jerry Lederer in 1941), and also contains information on aviation safety resources online; citations for recent aviation safety related articles; and "This Month in Aviation History".

Focus on the Collections Gagarin medal

On 12 April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space when he orbited Earth aboard Vostok I.

The Gagarin Medal was awarded by the Soviet Federation of Cosmonauts to honor individuals who made significant contributions to aviation and space. The medal in our collection was presented to Jerry Lederer, "the father of aviation safety" and former NASA Director of Safety in 1989.

From the Jerome Lederer Papers, part of the Flight Safety Foundation Jerry Lederer Aviation Safety Library (MS-016).

Previously featured highlights from our collections can be found here.

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