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National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Extent:
1,900 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
Ongoing
Scope and Contents note:
The Technical Reference Files comprise an artificial collection that currently contains 1,900 cubic feet of aviation and space related materials, organized in 22 subject series. File materials include photographs, press releases, clippings, correspondence, reports, and brochures, on individuals, organizations, events, and objects.
Arrangement note:
List of Series

Organized in 22 subject series

Aircraft (240 cubic feet)

Heavier-than-Air (180 cubic feet)

Human-carrying, heavier-than-air craft which are supported primarily by dynamic lift, including airplanes (powered fixed-wing aircraft), gliders and hang gliders (unpowered, fixed-wing aircraft), helicopters (powered-rotor rotorcraft), and autogiros (unpowered-rotor rotorcraft). Also included are unmanned vehicles that were originally designed as man-carrying aircraft. (Aircraft designed from the start as unmanned vehicles can be found in the Space History reference files with missiles and rockets.)

Lighter-than-Air (LTA)(60 cubic feet)

History, science, and art of airships and balloons from the 18th century to the present.

Propulsion (175 cubic feet)

Engines

Air-breathing engines. (Other power plants for aircraft (including rocket motors) are filed under the Space Propulsion subseries.)

Accessories Accessories and components which support air-breathing engines; also fuels, coolants, and lubricants.

Propellers Specific models, listed by designer or manufacturer; also general topics.

Space Propulsion

All methods of spacecraft propulsion (even "passive" concepts such as the Solar Sail), spacecraft power sources (such as solar batteries and fuel cells), all rocket motors (including those used to power aircraft and other vehicles), and all accessories and components.

Biographical (261 cubic feet)

Information on specific people involved in the history of aviation and space exploration listed alphabetically by name.

Organizations (27 cubic feet)

Aviation and space related organizations.

Corporations (15 cubic feet)

Basic information about aviation and space corporations.

Air Transport (105 cubic feet)

General

Broad air transport topics such as air cargo; economics; insurance; refueling and maintenance; regulation; salvage; and statistics.

Airlines

Specific regularly scheduled passenger and/or cargo carrying airlines.

By Region or Nation Materials covering air transportation topics within specific world regions.

Airports

Specific U. S. and foreign airports; also general topics such as airport equipment, planning, and security.

Air Mail

Basic history of air mail services, foreign and domestic.

Electronics and Communications (24 cubic feet)

General

Electronics and communications equipment; also related topics such as air traffic control, navigational aids, and radar.

Avionics

Avionics equipment by manufacturer.

Education (42 cubic feet)

Type Recognition

Aircraft recognition training programs and materials, both U. S. and foreign (predominantly World War II). Includes various aircraft spotter's guides and information on WWII's National Model Building Program.

Schools

General topics; also specific aviation schools (predominantly U.S.) Training Guides Documents used for training.

Events, Air Expositions, Meets, Races, and Shows (42 cubic feet)

By Date and Location

Information organized by date (1868 to the present) and location of event; includes assorted ephemera such as brochures, programs, advertisements, and tickets.

By Subject

Information dealing with broad categories of flights or events, for example: transatlantic, around-the-world, and altitude attempts.

Awards and Trophies (12 cubic feet)

Specific awards and trophies by name; also general topics pertaining to many awards.

Equipment (54 cubic feet)

General

Assorted aviation-related general equipment topics; includes the Brodie System, specialized tractors and trucks, and general information on markings, insignia and camouflage.

Clothing, Flight Gear, and Insignia

Information on clothing and related flight gear, and the insignia used on them (both U.S. and foreign). Does not include pressure suits and g-suits, which appear in a separate subseries below.

Oxygen

Information on oxygen equipment.

Parachutes

Information on the history of parachutes; also some specific types.

Pressure Suits and G-Suits

Information on pressure suits and g-suits.

Instruments

Instruments by type (altimeter, compass, air speed indicator, etc.) and by manufacturer. Also includes general topics such as instrument illumination, lubrication, and testing.

Space History (270 cubic feet)

Topics related to space exploration, astronomy, missiles, rocketry, or remotely piloted vehicles. Also includes technologically related programs and vehicles that were designed to function entirely within the Earth's atmosphere.

General Aviation (12 cubic feet)

Non-scheduled civil aviation.

General

General topics such as aerial refueling, aerobatic flying, and business aviation.

Regional

General aviation by state; also some information on general aviation in other countries.

Uses of Aircraft

Agriculture, advertising, fire fighting, insect control, meteorology, and tourism.

Government (12 cubic feet)

National and international government agencies and regulations.

Arts and Literature (12 cubic feet)

Aviation and space exploration as depicted in art, literature, motion pictures, radio, and television; also includes aircraft nose art.

Military (84 cubic feet)

International

Military aviation by country (non-U.S.); includes general information on aces.

USA

U.S. military aviation, including selected Air Force bases and units, basic information on aircraft carriers, and military flight demonstration teams.

Armament

Guns, bombs and bombing, bombsights, ammunition, gun mounts, gun turrets, gun sights, chemical warfare, anti-aircraft guns and accessories.

Wars (12 cubic feet)

Aviation's role in various wars and conflicts, from the 1914 Mexican Punitive Expedition through Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Museums (144 cubic feet)

General

Non-Smithsonian aviation and space museums around the world, by name.

Smithsonian

Basic information on the National Air and Space Museum, and related past and present Smithsonian Institution facilities and exhibits. Researchers seeking detailed information on the history of the Museum or its past exhibits should contact the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Models (9 cubic feet)

Various types of scale aircraft models and related topics; also wind tunnel test models.

Safety (15 cubic feet)

Includes basic information on topics such as accident investigation, safety equipment, medicine, rescue, survival training, noise abatement, and windshear.

Miscellaneous (33 cubic feet)

General

Very small subseries of miscellaneous topics such as natural flight (birds and insects), preservation of air- and spacecraft, sonic booms, and toys.

National or Regional Histories

Documents regarding aviation history within specific regions.

Navigation

Air navigation history, equipment, and systems.

Photography

Aerial photography history and equipment.

Engineering

Engineering related to specific types of aircraft systems, such as landing gear, rotors, materials, tires, seats, and wings. Also information on wind tunnels.
Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.1183
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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La Boule de Neige

Artist:
A. Farradesche  Search this
Charles Louis Auguste Weisser, 1864-1940  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 123.2 × 80.3cm (4 ft. 1/2 in. × 2 ft. 7 5/8 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
circa 1898
Inventory Number:
A19960358000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Grande Fete Foraine de Montmartre

Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 123.5 × 84.1cm (4 ft. 5/8 in. × 2 ft. 9 1/8 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
1885
Inventory Number:
A19960359000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Argenteuil Fete de la Pentecote

Artist:
Alfred Henri Darjou, 1832-1874  Search this
Pilot:
Francois Lhoste, 1859-1887  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 123.5 × 84.1cm (4 ft. 5/8 in. × 2 ft. 9 1/8 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
1886
Inventory Number:
A19960360000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Jardin d'Acclimatation Ascensions Gratuites

Artist:
A. Farradesche  Search this
Charles Louis Auguste Weisser, 1864-1940  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 124.5 × 81.9cm (4 ft. 1 in. × 2 ft. 8 1/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
1898
Inventory Number:
A19960361000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Fete de l'Oeuvre des Loyers

Printmaker:
Vadot  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 122.9 × 81cm (4 ft. 3/8 in. × 2 ft. 7 7/8 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
1886
Inventory Number:
A19960362000
Restrictions & Rights:
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EDAN-URL:
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La Revanche

Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 122.9 × 84.5cm (4 ft. 3/8 in. × 2 ft. 9 1/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
1883
Inventory Number:
A19960363000
Restrictions & Rights:
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EDAN-URL:
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Cirque d'Eté

Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 124.5 × 87cm (4 ft. 1 in. × 2 ft. 10 1/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
circa 1890
Inventory Number:
A19960364000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Dedication Air Meet Benefit of American Legion Five Posts in Monmouth County

Manufacturer:
Gazette Print  Search this
Pilot:
Kenneth Russell Unger  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 55.9 x 35.6cm (22 x 14 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
July 29-30, 1933
Inventory Number:
A19900387000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Descente d'Absalon

Publisher:
Faddegon & Co.  Search this
Other:
Miss Stena  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 53.7 × 43.8cm (1 ft. 9 1/8 in. × 1 ft. 5 1/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Date:
1885
Credit Line:
Donor: Found in collection. Donor unknown at this time. Found on NASM premises
Inventory Number:
A19900421000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Les Mysteres de l'Ete

Artist:
Eugene Emmanuel Amaury-Duval  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 54.3 × 40.6cm (1 ft. 9 3/8 in. × 1 ft. 4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
June 8-14, 1879
Inventory Number:
A19900422000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Balloon Park The Only Enterprise of This Kind in America

Pilot:
Jules Gourier  Search this
Publisher:
Shober & Carqueville  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 71.8 × 50.8cm (2 ft. 4 1/4 in. × 1 ft. 8 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1892
Inventory Number:
A19900429000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Zooligischen Garten

Other:
Kathchen Paulus, 1868-1935  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 68.6 × 52.1cm (2 ft. 3 in. × 1 ft. 8 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
Germany
Date:
June 21, 1896
Inventory Number:
A19900430000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Aerial Voyages Over London

Other:
Henri Giffard, 1825-1882  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 87.6 x 56.5cm (34 1/2 x 22 1/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Date:
May 1, 1869-May 28, 1869
Credit Line:
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Inventory Number:
A19900431000
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2nd Pochta

Pilot:
Alexander Shperling  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 82.6 x 49.5cm (32 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
Russia
Date:
August 30, 1875
Inventory Number:
A19900432000
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Grands Ballons de Nice

Pilot:
Eugene Godard, 1827-1890  Search this
Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 81.9 x 61.6cm (32 1/4 x 24 1/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Date:
1884
Inventory Number:
A19900433000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Ballon Captif

Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 70.5 × 81.9cm (2 ft. 3 3/4 in. × 2 ft. 8 1/4 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
France
Inventory Number:
A19900436000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Balloon Poster Wall

Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 191.8 x 90.2cm (75 1/2 x 35 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lynch.
Inventory Number:
A19920012000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Program of the Canastota Fair

Medium:
Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
Dimensions:
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D) (Overall): 99.7 × 39.1 × 1.3cm (3 ft. 3 1/4 in. × 1 ft. 3 3/8 in. × 1/2 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
September 25-28, 1883
Credit Line:
Auction House: Valhalla Enterprises
Inventory Number:
A19930312000
Restrictions & Rights:
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Drawing, Felt Tip Pen on Paper

Artist:
Howard Koslow  Search this
Medium:
Drawing, Felt Tip Pen on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 35.6 × 27.9cm (1 ft. 2 in. × 11 in.)
Type:
ART-Drawings
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1965
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19780994000
Restrictions & Rights:
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