The Library & Archives welcomes and encourages donations of books, periodicals, photos, personal papers, and other items of aerospace-related interest.
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.
Digitizing the Still & Moving Image Collection
The Museum plans to continue digitization of its still and moving image collection containing photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, slides, and film. For almost a decade, one of the top priorities of the Library & Archives has been the digitization of this massive collection. To date, Museum volunteers and staff have digitized just over 165,000 images which can be viewed via the Museum’s Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/.
Improving Our Collection Storage
Following recommendations from a recent preservation assessment, and with ongoing involvement of preservation, engineering, and facilities management specialists, the Museum developed a comprehensive preservation plan that included installation of environmental controls and reorganization of collection spaces. In 2010, the Museum successfully raised $90,000 to complete the HVAC project to install environmental controls in 6 collection storage rooms.
The HVAC project, as well as other...
Increasing Online Access
The dramatic rise of online social media activity has given the Museum a new platform to reach a younger and wider audience. These internet resources allow us to share our collection with aviation enthusiasts and researchers around the world, who would otherwise not know about our collection, let alone be able to visit the Museum.
And, in today's high-tech information environment, the use of technology enables rare and unique materials to transcend their physical boundaries. Photographs, films,...
Preserving Our Aerospace Heritage
In 2013, the Museum received a CLIR Hidden Collections grant for $119,700 to create finding guides for 186 of our most important personal and corporate special collections. The objective of this project is to improve both Museum and public access to these unique collections. In all, approximately 2,000 linear feet of these collections will be examined, finding guides created, then made accessible to the public through various online platforms. Researchers from commonly used websites, such as...