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:

Frank W. Seifert Special Collection

Col. Frank Walter Seifert was an aviation pioneer, WWII vet, a member of the team that performed the first aerial refueling in history, and served on the San Diego City Counsel, leading the development...

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Francis O. Smith Collection

Francis Smith was WWII pilot who flew 'over the Hump' - the route over the Himalayas between India and China. He received various accolades and after his service, he worked at the FAA from 1962 to 1998.

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Kenneth M. Smith Personal Papers

Kenneth Smith has had a distinguished 43-year career in both the aerospace/electronics industry and in public service, working with Convair and serving as a naval aviator during WWII.

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Hazel Smothers Collection

Hazel Smothers was born in 1929 in San Luis Obispo. She held numerous licences and certificates for aircraft, received several honors, was a deputized pilot for San Luis Obispo Sheriff's office, and won...

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Frank Stetz Personal Papers

Frank Stetz was born in Iron River, Michigan and served in the US Navy as Chief Boatswain?s Mate, retiring after twenty years as Warrant Officer. He later worked in the Graphic Arts department at North...

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