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:

T. Claude Ryan Collection

The San Diego based Ryan Corporation started in 1922 as an air service and grew to become a training school, passenger airline, and aircraft manufacturer. In 1927 they built the famous "Spirit of St. Louis"...

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Benjamin Cloud Personal Papers

Captain Benjamin Cloud was a U.S. Navy pilot who worked in reconnaissance at various stages of his long career, including on the cusp of the Vietnam War.

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Convairety Newsletters

Convariety was the company newsletter distributed to keep Convair (later General Dynamics) employees connected and informed, featuring corporate and aviation news, employee profiles, and more.

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Convair/General Dynamics' Company Papers and Photograph Collection

The Convair/Consolidated/General Dynamics' company papers and photo archives that documents the heritage of Consolidated, Consolidated Vultee, Convair, & General Dynamics in San Diego from 1935.

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Frank T. Courtney Special Collection

Frank Courtney started his aviation career in 1913, flying in WWI, WWII, serving in commercial and military aviation for decades. His collection contains, ID, passports, and journals from 1922-1971.

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