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:

Errold G. Bahl Collection

Errold G. Bahl (1894 - 1930) was an aircraft pilot, mechanic, barnstormer, and entrepreneur. He attended the School of Military Aeronautics, flew in Latin America, was a mentor to Lindbergh, and formed...

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Colonel Bernt Balchen Collection

Bernt Balchen was born in Norway and started flying in 1921, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1930. His accomplished career spanned 35 years, serving both the U.S. and Norwegian governments in cold-weather aviation.

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Horace Clyde Balsley Special Collection

Capt. Horace Clyde Balsley was a member of the Lafayette Escadrille and the first American whose plane was shot down during World War I, in effect, the first American pilot to be shot down in aerial combat.

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James Baross Personal Papers

James Baross (1923-2003) served as a radio operator aboard bombers during WWII, serving with the Army Air Forces, 501st Squadron, 345th Bomb Group.

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Hugh Baumann Personal Papers

Hugh Baumann was a US Navy aviator who was trained at NAS North Island in 1945. He served in the Korean War aboard two Navy carriers and later the commanding officer for Fighting Squadron 74.

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