ASASA offers access to:

  • Papers and records from leaders in aviation safety documenting their innovative work in safety improvements for aviation
  • Aircraft accident investigation case files containing reports, accident analyses, photographs, and related documents
  • Thousands of reports and studies on systems design and engineering, accident studies, design safety, accident prevention, operations, aeromedical topics, crash survival, specific aircraft models, and more
  • Official accident reports dating from 1908 to the present for accidents in the United States, as well as many foreign reports
  • Handbooks and manuals for aircraft, engines, and other equipment
  • An extensive library of books, journals, and videos

How you can access ASASA:

ASASA's resources are available to all researchers whether you are working on an in-depth research project or just looking for information because of a general interest.

  • Visit the archives: Researchers are welcome to visit ASASA in person to use the collections in our reading room during the archives' open hours. Archives staff will assist you in locating pertinent resources. We recommend looking at our collection information on-line and contacting the archives in advance of your visit; a little planning will help to make your time visiting the archives as productive as possible.
  • By mail/e-mail/phone: If you are unable to visit in person, please contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and/or help you identify specific materials to request. Please be as specific as possible. Looking at our collection information on-line is a good place to start, but if you don't see what you are looking for please ask. Scanned copies of documents from the collections can be sent to you via e-mail, on CD, or as a paper printouts. Fees do apply to scan requests.
  • On-line: Many items from the archives' collections have been scanned and are available through our Digital Library. The number of scanned items in the Digital Library is growing, but still represents just a small portion of the total number of documents in the archives. If you don't find what you are looking for, please ask. It may be an item that has not yet been scanned.


  • Reference: ASASA staff is happy to help you find the information you need and identify resources for research projects.
  • Scan and photocopy requests: We are able to provide copies of materials from the archive's collections. If you are unable to visit the archives to make selections in person, ASASA staff can help you identify which items or files to request. While most items can be copied, there may be some exceptions due to copyright, proprietary or confidential information, donor restrictions, or format. We reserve the right to limit the size of copy orders. Please see our fee schedule for additional information.
  • ERAU classes: We provide support to university classes through tours, class visits to introduce ASASA resources to students, assisting students in using the archives, working with faculty to develop assignments which use the archives, etc.