Early Aeronautical Writings
This collection consists of approximately 3.28 cubic feet of early periodicals, articles, pamphlets, and other publications relating to various aspects of aviation including kites; balloons; events relating to aviation; personalities involved in aviation; aerial navigation; airships; airplanes; aerial combat; models; and aerial photography. The majority of writings in the collection date to the time period from 1755 through 1919, but there some later pieces dating to the 1920s through the 1960s. Most of the items in the collection are in English, but there are also some writings in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Russian Aeronautical Collection
30.81 Cubic feet (53 legal-size document boxes, 1 slim legal-size document box, 1 flat box )
The Russian Aeronautical Collection is a mix of technical, historical, and cultural reference materials, including originals or copies of articles, documents and other historical materials relating to Russian and Soviet aviation from the Tsarist period through the Soviet era. The collection focuses on key events, personalities and aircraft designs, and certain subject areas are covered in depth, including the life and career of Igor Sikorsky, the transpolar flights of the 1930s, Soviet aviation in the Spanish Civil War, and the operational history of the Soviet Air Force in World War II.
Betty Skelton Collection
In 2002 Betty Skelton donated a collection of materials outlining her career as an aviatrix and race car driver to the National Air and Space Museum. The donated material consists primarily of news clippings, pamphlets, magazines, photographs, and scrapbooks covering the span of Ms. Skelton's career.
Lonnie G. Bunch Papers
The Lonnie G. Bunch Papers include both personal materials and professional records from the various institutions that he worked at as well as his teaching positions. The personal materials include family correspondence, family history records, and photographs. In relation to his teaching positions there are course syllabi, reading lists, notes …
Alfred Victor Verville Papers
Verville Aircraft Company
5 Film reels (1 35mm, two 16mm, and 2 8mm films)
50.008 Cubic feet
This collection contains Verville's personal papers. The material relates mainly to his various aeronautical concerns as well as his involvement with military aviation. The collection includes a large number of photos tracing the development of Curtiss aircraft and Naval Aviation, and especially documenting the design, construction, and flights of a replica of the Navy's first aircraft, the Curtiss A-1 'Triad', built under Verville's direction by the Bureau of Aeronautics to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Naval Aviation in 1961. Also included are a large number of blueprints and photos of Verville-designed aircraft, especially those developed by the Verville Aircraft Co. in 1928 - 1931
George Henry Mills Collection
14.95 Linear feet
The George Henry Mills Collection was donated to the National Air and Space Museum in 1994 by Mills' daughter, Mrs. Georgia Mills Head.
Kathryn D. Sullivan Papers
This collection consists of approximately 15.23 cubic feet of papers, photographs, certificates, and video/film, created or collected by Kathryn Sullivan, spanning her lifetime of achievement.
This accession consists of records that document the planning, execution, administration, and promotion of traveling exhibitions. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, press releases, press kits, photographs, catalog text, itineraries, fact sheets, checklists, meeting agendas, clippings, budgets, proposals, brochures, notes and related records. Records are arranged by exhibition title (exhibition ID number …
This accession consists of films depicting buildings, museum objects, and events at the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Many of the films show the construction of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and the installation of its aircraft. Other subjects include giant pandas at the National Zoological Park, construction of the …
This accession consists of materials that document the organization, design, and promotion of traveling exhibitions. Major exhibitions represented include Spiders! and Earth 2U. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, planning documents, exhibit proposals, research notes and materials, letters of agreement, floor plans, releases, itineraries, contracts, exhibition booking agreements and contracts, object loan agreements …