archival collection


The Archives has many collections of documents devoted to particular subjects, organizations or persons.  We are currently working on cataloging, creating finding guides and digitizaing our special collections.  Here is a list of most of our special collections, which includes basic information on them.  Also, details on many of our special collections are listed below.

We also have a variety of archival documents, which soon will be searchable on the Library Catalog.  In the meantime, partial indexes are avaiable here:

The Library and Archives has digitized several of our rare books, including important publications from Consolidated/Convair Aircraft and Ryan Aeronautical. These books are searchable and can be found at:

Theodore Gildred, Sr. Collection

After Theodore Gildred, Sr. spent some of his childhood in South America, he graduated from NYU in 1918 as a civil engineer. He became an aviator upon moving to San Diego and in 1931 embarked on a 9,000...

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Theodore E Gildred. Special Collection

Theodore E. Gildred duplicated his father's 1931 Goodwill Flight from San Diego to Quito, Ecuador in 1981 in a 1942 Stinson Reliant as a gesture to promote good will between the US and Latin America.

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Donald H. Gordon Special Collection

An aviation pioneer, builder and pilot, Donald Gordon was actually the first person west of the Mississippi River to successfully fly a powered aircraft.

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Louis Edward Gordon Special Collection

Louis Gordon was the co-pilot/ mechanic on the 1928 Transatlantic flight of the Fokker F7 "Friendship" which flew from Newfoundland to Wales in 1928. Amelia Earhart was a passenger on this flight and it...

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Grumman F3F-2 Collection

The Grumman F3F was a last US biplane fighter aircraft, serving in the interim-war period. In 1990, SDASM restored a Grumman F3F that had been ditched off the coast of San Diego.

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