I would like to personally thank all of our friends, volunteers, staff, and supporters. I am delighted to report that we had an incredible year filled with many achievements. Because of the generous support of our donors, and with almost 5,000 hours of invalu- able assistance from our dedicated volunteers, we have made dramatic progress in preserving our growing collection, and in providing greater online access for researchers, scholars, educators and students around the world.
Thank you for your Donations! The Museum’s Library & Archives would like to thank the members of our Aviation Archives Preservation Corps for their generous support. The L&A raised $10,010 during our annual appeal. It is through the generous support of our donors, and with over 5,000 hours of invaluable assistance from our dedicated volunteers, that we are able to preserve our growing collection and provide greater online access.
With much thanks to our generous supporters, renovation has begun. Located in the historic Ford Building in Balboa Park, the San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives houses one of the most significant collections of aviation related research material in the world. This collection is recognized as the third largest collection of its kind in the United States. Improved storage and preservation of these valuable resources has been a priority for the past few years, and significant improvements are now being realized, guaranteeing the preservation of our unique research collection for future generations.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum is pleased to announce it has been awarded subsequent accredita- tion by the American Association of Museums. Accreditation is a widely recognized seal of approval that brings national recognition to museums for their commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, only 775 are currently accredited.
The historic San Diego Ford Building, home to the San Diego Air and Space Museum, was originally built to house the Ford Industrial exhibition for the California Pacific International Exhibition of 1935-36, turned 75 on May 29, 2010.