San Diego Air & Space Museum Receives Mellon...

San Diego Air & Space Museum Receives Mellon Foundation 2012 Hidden Collections Award

San Diego, 3.05.2013

San Diego, CA - March 5, 2013 - The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announced that the San Diego Air & Space Museum is a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 2012 Hidden Collections award for Increasing Access to Our Aerospace Heritage. This two year project will catalog 186 personal and professional papers from the Museum’s archival collections, measuring approximately 2,000 linear feet.

The Museum’s library houses the third largest collection of aviation-related research materials in the United States. The collection includes one-of-a-kind corporate records of significant San Diego-based aerospace companies, such as Pacific Southwest Airlines, Ryan Aeronautical, and Consolidated Aircraft Corporation; personal records from a number of important aerospace pioneers including T. Claude Ryan and Reuben H. Fleet; and records from famous aviators such as Jacqueline Cochran, Charles Lindbergh and Richard E. Byrd. Increasing Access to Our Aerospace Heritage will elevate public awareness of these historically important yet currently underexposed collections by cataloging, indexing, carefully describing, and preparing them for future digitization. Work on the Hidden Collections project will be completed by January 2015.

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The Council on Library and Information Resources, based in Washington D.C. is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. The Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information on the program, visit

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Now showing: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! a special exhibition exploring the weird and wacky world of Ripley. Visit for more information. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with admissions until 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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