The Library & Archives also encourages monetary support for publications and projects to enhance its collections and services. For further details on these needed items, click on the links below.
Digitization of Historic Newspapers
The Library and Archives has been digitizing historic newspapers and newsletters from important Aerospace companies, such as Convair/General Dynamics.
Preserving Our Aerospace Heritage
We completed a two-year project in August 2014 funded by an IMLS Museums of America grant to develop requirements and standards for catalog record formats and metadata for archival materials, connect the Museum’s library system to a digital asset management system (DAMS) to reduce duplicate data entry, connect other collection databases to this system, and continue to add information to these systems to aid searching for both the Museum staff and general public. We are now about to start phase two of the project, where we will be updating our PastPerfect catalog of our curatorial objects and placing images of the objects online via our Flickr photo stream.
Digitizing the Still and Moving Image Collection
Over the past several years, our Library &Archives (L&A) staff and volunteers have digitized over 300,000 images and placed them on Flickr.com. We believe ours is now the largest aviation related image collection on the web, and it has become very well known among aviation enthusiasts, worldwide. Our digitized collection is so popular, according to the Flickr.com statistics page, that our images have now surpassed 300 million views. We have also digitized over to 5,000 films and placed them on YouTube.