Park Ridge, IL (Orchard AFB; Orchard Place) Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2014.0029
Creators:
United States. Air Force
Dates:
bulk 1949-1954
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic Feet
(1 folder)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a folder containing permits, maps, and five photographs relating to the U.S. Army Air Force granting the Smithsonian Institution use of part of the Orchard Air Force Base at Park Ridge, Illinois, for aircraft storage.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
In 1946, President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing the Smithsonian's National Air Museum to memorialize the development of aviation; collect, preserve, and display aeronautical equipment; and provide educational material for the study of aviation. The legislation did not provide for the construction of a new building, however, and the collection soon outgrew the Museum's exhibition space. Since there was no room left in the Arts and Industries Building or the "Tin Shed," World War II aircraft and other items such as engines and missiles were stored at an abandoned aircraft factory in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Rebecca Male Link, Gift, 2014

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Park Ridge, IL (Orchard AFB; Orchard Place) Collection, Accession 2014-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/