Archives and Special Collections

Repositories with aviation and aerospace holdings. Please send suggestions for additional entries to

Arkansas State University, Archives & Special Collections

Holdings include the Cass S. Hough Aeronautical Collection.

Auburn University Special Collections and Archives

The Aviation and Aerospace Collection contains materials on the history of both military and commercial aviation. Among the holdings are the papers of Eddie Rickenbacker and University Aviation Association records.

Batesville (Indiana) Memorial Public Library

The Jim Mahle Memorial Aviation Collection contains material on military, commercial, and private aviation.

Boise State University, Special Collections and Archives

Holdings include the Michael Anderson Collection on Aviation History.

Boston University

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University houses the following aviation related collections: James Warner Bellah (WWI aviator for the RAF; later an essayist and Hollywood screenwriter) and Richard Leghorn (aerial reconnaissance pioneer and Itek founder; includes records related to Boston University Optical Research Laboratory/Itek Corporation which developed the Corona spy satellite).

Bowling Green State University, Center for Archival Collections

Air transportation collections include Ercoupe Owners Club records and papers of Milton Hersberger, operator of Island Air Service.

Brigham Young University

Aviation related materials in Special Collections include photographs, early aviation printed material, Willis Carl Jackson and Holden C. Richardson Aviation Papers, Utah aviation history files, interviews from the Western Aviation Oral History project, and other collections.

Brooklands Museum, Archives & Library

CAF Airpower Museum, Nolen Research Center and Airpower Archives

The Research Center and Archives contain books, magazines, technical manuals, videos, and research files on military history with a focus on American airpower, particularly during World War II.

California Institute of Technology

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Collections include the 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Collection; a related digital collection on the air meet is also available.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Library and Archives

The Library and Archives is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the role aviation played in Canadian history as well as Canada's contributions to the development of aviation worldwide. The collection includes books, periodicals, technical manuals, research photographs, corporate and personal archival collections, as well as the Austro-Hungarian Aero-Technical Society of Vienna collection.

Claremont Colleges Library, Special Collections

Holdings include the James Carruthers Memorial Aviation Collection.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College

Personal papers and manuscripts include the papers of Hugh deHaven.

Dayton Metro Library

Holdings in the Local History Room include the Wright Brothers Collection.

East Carolina University, Joyner Library

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aviation Safety and Security Archives

This repository on Embry-Riddle's Prescott (AZ) campus holds records and papers of safety scientists, accident investigators, and organizations involved in aviation safety and security, as well as safety and security-related published materials.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University Archives

Located at the Daytona Beach (FL) campus, the University Archives document the history of Embry-Riddle.

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, Library and Archives Resource Center

Under "Teacher Resources," select "Research Library" for information about the Library and Archives collections.

Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, Museum Archives

Flight Path Learning Center & Museum

Areas of special focus in the William A. Schoneberger Research Library include airlines, aircraft manufacturers, aviation pioneers, and Los Angeles International Airport.

Georgia State University, Southern Labor Archives

The archives' collections document Southern workers and their unions, including the Association of Flight Attendants, Eastern Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Union, as well as individuals involved in these organizations and in labor actions in the aviation/aerospace industry.

Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public Library, Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department

Henderson State University (Arkansas), Huie Library Special Collections

Holdings include the James Blackmon Aviation Collection of aviation books and images.

The Henry Ford

Iowa State University Library, Special Collections

Kansas Aviation Museum

Library of Congress

Numerous aviation-related collections are held by the Manuscript Division and Prints and Photographs Division. Additional collections may be found in other divisions, including the Science, Technology, and Business Division (L'Aerophile collection) and the Microform Reading Room (Europaische Beitrage zur Geschichte des Weltkrieges II, 1939-1945: Luftkrieg/European contributions to the history of World War II, 1939-1945: air war).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

Missouri Historical Society

Montana Historical Society

Museum of Flight (Seattle)

The museum's Research Center includes the Harl V. Brackin Library, the Dahlberg Center for Military Aviation History, the Archives and Artifact Collections.

Museum of History and Industry (Seattle), Sophie Frye Bass Library

Archival holdings include material related to Boeing and to the United States Army Air Service's "Round the World Flight" in 1924.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division

The Archives Division holds approximately twelve hundred collections including personal and professional papers of individuals, corporate and organizational records, and artificial collections. These collections include visual, textual, and audio documentary materials on the history of flight from ancient times to the present, and many emphasize technical aspects of aircraft and propulsion systems.

National Archives and Records Administration

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Research Division

The Research Division's primary role is to support the museum's exhibits and aircraft restoration programs, but the Division also provides some research assistance to organizations and individuals seeking information about Air Force aircraft, operations, and personnel. See the "Research Policy" section on the website for instructions on submitting a reference query or making a research vist request. Collections include USAF aviators' papers, diaries, and logbooks (including WWI ace and airline executive Eddie Rickenbacker), as well as the museum's own records. Historical photos may be accessed via their website.

National Naval Aviation Museum, Emil Buehler Library

Holdings include manuscripts, books and technical manuals, photographs, oral recollections, and subject files primarily focusing on the development of U.S. Naval Aviation from 1911 to the present.

Nebraska State Historical Society, Library/Archives Division

North Carolina State University

Norwich University, Archives and Special Collections

Oregon Aviation Historical Society

Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Center

Holdings include photographs (including Early Birds of Aviation, Ninety-Nines, WWII aviation, and Charles Lindbergh), papers related to aviation businesses and aviation history in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and aviation ephemera.

Royal Air Force Museum London

San Diego Air and Space Museum, Library and Archives

A repository holding publications, archival collections, and technical specifications of aircraft. The collection focus is aviation/aerospace with an emphasis on aerospace vehicles, events, and individuals associated with the geographical area of San Diego, California.

Seattle Public Library, Special Collections at the Central Library

The Aviation History Collection focuses on design, manufacturing, and marketing of airplanes from 1930 to 1950.

Smithsonian Institution

The State Historical Society of Missouri

Aviation related collections include TWA related collections, Leonard McMullin papers, U.S. Pilots Association records, and Cantwell Aircraft Company records.

State Historical Society of North Dakota

Syracuse University Archives

The Syracuse University Archives has established a special archives on the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster to bring together and make available materials about the disaster and to provide a place to memorialize the victims.

Texas A&M University — Commerce

Collections include the Jeana Yeager Aviation Collection.

Texas Woman's University

Holdings include Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) Archives, Whirly-Girls International, and archives of other aviation organizations that support and encourage women in the field of aviation. Some items have been digitized and are available online.

University of Alabama in Huntsville, Salmon Library

Archives and Special Collections holds the Aircraft Engine Historical Society collection, as well as papers of aeronautical engineers.

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Illinois Archives

University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections

Aviation collections include the records of Pan Am World Airways, Inc., as well as records and papers from other organizations and individuals, for the most part associated with Pan Am.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of New Hampshire, Milne Special Collections and Archives

University of New Orleans

University of Oklahoma Libraries

The Western History Collections holds records and original materials on aviation and air transport in the United States and Latin America.

University of Oregon Libraries

Rare books collections include the Hallett Cole Zeppelin Collection and Lighter-than-Air Library.

University of South Carolina, Rare Books and Special Collections

Collections include the Guinn Collection of Military Aviation and History.

University of South Carolina, South Caroliniana Library

Manuscript collections include Eastern Air Lines records relating to operations in South Carolina, John K. Montgomery (Tri-American Aviation Company) papers, Martin C. Dexter papers, and papers of aviators and flight instructors.

University of Southern California

Holdings include several collections which make up the "USC Library of Aeronautical History."

University of Texas at Austin, Briscoe Center for American History

The Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collection includes materials related to early military aviation in the Southwest.

University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

The University of Texas at Dallas, McDermott Library Special Collections Dept.

The History of Aviation Collection is the official repository for Civil Air Transport and Air America and also holds numerous other collections on aviation history including the Charles E. Rosendahl Lighter-than-Air Collection and archival collections related to the history of Chance Vought.

University of Utah, Marriott Library

Special Collections include the Aviation-Early Flight Photograph Collection, Dean R. Brimhall papers, Alberta Hunt Nicholson papers, and other aviation related collections.

University of Vermont Libraries

University of Virginia, Small Special Collections Library

University of Washington Libraries

University of West Florida, University Archives and West Florida History Center

The Paul Deschenes papers contain photographs and information about the different types, including specific makes/models, of aircraft from the earliest days of U.S. aviation through the 1970s.

University of Western Ontario, Benson Special Collections

Holdings include the Beatrice Hitchins Collection of Aviation History.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Archives

Collections include the papers of aviation historian George Hardie.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Special Collections

Collections include the George Hardie Aviation and Aerospace History Collection. Selections from the Hardie Collection may be viewed on-line in the Special Collections Department's digital collections.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Manuscript collections include the John Sullivan collection of aviation materials; photographs in this collection are available in the Aviation History of Racine and Kenosha digital collection.

University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center

See their Guide to Transportation History Resources for information on aviation and aerospace related collections; additional collections may also be available.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Virginia Tech University Libraries

The Special Collections department includes the Archives of American Aerospace Exploration.

Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library

The Reuther Library preserves the documentary and visual heritage of the American labor movement, related reform movements, and individual participants. The library's holdings include records, publications, and other materials related to organizations such as the Airline Pilots Association and Associated Flight Attendants, as well as papers of individuals involved with these organizations, individuals who have studied air transportation labor issues, and journalists who covered labor issues in the aviation industry.

West Virginia University Libraries

The West Virginia and Regional History Collection includes papers of aviators and others involved with aviation.

Western Canada Aviation Museum

Western Michigan University

Collections include papers and photographs from Army and Air Force personnel, including pilots, a tail gunner, a photographer, and an aircraft mechanic, primarily World War II (1940s) but also World War I (1917).

Western Reserve Historical Society

Aviation related collections include the TRW, Inc. (Thompson Ramo Wooldridge) records, Myron T. Herrick papers, Clifford Henderson papers, Air Foundation Records, aviation history vertical file, and other collections.

Wheaton College, Archives and Special Collections

Collections include the records of Mission Aviation Fellowship, the John R. Wells mission aviation history collection, and oral histories and personal papers related to mission aviation.

Wichita State University

Wisconsin Historical Society

Wright State University Libraries

In addition to the Wright Brothers Collection, the Special Collections Department holds numerous collections from individuals, organizations, and companies, as well as aviation ephemera. Guides to the aviation history collections and aerospace medicine and human factors collections are available.

Yale University, Sterling Memorial Library

Manuscripts and Archives holds a number of aviation related collections, including the papers of Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

This list of archives and special collections with aviation-related holdings is a work in progress. Please send suggestions for additional entries to