SDASM Library & Archives

SDASM Library & Archives Library & Archives The Library and Archives is an integral part of the San Diego Air and Space Museum. The San Diego Air and Space Museum was the first aviation themed museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute.
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The Museum is also the official Air and Space Museum of California.

The Museum is also the official Air and Space Museum of California.

Mission: The mission of the Library & Archives at the San Diego Air & Space Museum is to collect, preserve, and make available for research published, documentary, and visual materials that chronicle the development of Air & Space technology and experience.

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Here are some cool matches!  You know what else matches? Our grant!  For a limited time your donation will be matched do...
09/11/2020

Here are some cool matches! You know what else matches? Our grant! For a limited time your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Museum’s Challenge Grant Recovery Fund: https://sandiegoairandspace.org/support/donate/donate
Please designate "Challenge Grant" if you kindly donate. Thank you very much!

As the Valley Fire burns in San Diego County, we take a look back at the first airplane meant to fight fires in the area...
09/09/2020

As the Valley Fire burns in San Diego County, we take a look back at the first airplane meant to fight fires in the area. In 1917 Orvar "Swede" Meyerhoffer was contracted by the San Diego Fire Department to fly his Curtiss F Boat to attack fires from the air. His plane, christened "Aerial Truck No 1", was going to use chemical fire extinguishers to put out fires. Although the exact method to be utilized is unknown and there is no record that Ole No 1 ever fought a fire.

Incidentally, in 2018, the San Diego Air and Space Museum acquired its own Aerial Truck, a Lockheed P2V Neptune which can be seen at our Gillespie Field annex. We do know that our Neptune, "Tanker 43" was quite successful at fighting fires!

Two of the most prized possessions in the Museum's collection are a pair of logbooks recording events related to the 103...
07/31/2020

Two of the most prized possessions in the Museum's collection are a pair of logbooks recording events related to the 103rd Aero Squadron from the First World War. The 103rd squadron was the first American combat squadron to see action in the War, and was initially comprised of 17 pilots from the famed Lafayette Escadrille, the French squadron made up of mostly American volunteers. One of the logbooks contains a record of the flight operations of the squadron, including hours flown and a narrative about each day's activities. Some of these reports, listed as the "Nature of Patrol" are quite interesting and detailed.

The other logbook records more the Squadron's more mundane activities not related to flight, such as the names of new squadron members, or where the 103rd was stationed. This book spans the period when the squadron was formed till when it returned to the United States after the War.

Recently the library undertook the process of restoring these logbooks. The digitization of these log books means that the can be used by researchers without additional wear and tear. And in 2020, the activity logbook were transcribed by Steve Ruffin.

See the logbooks and transcription here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22103rd+Aero+Squadron%22

https://sandiegoairandspace.org/collection/item/logbooks-of-the-lafayette-escadrille-103rd-pursuit-squadron

Three historically important scrapbooks, which belonged to Reuben H. Fleet, are being digitized by the Museum’s Library ...
05/19/2020

Three historically important scrapbooks, which belonged to Reuben H. Fleet, are being digitized by the Museum’s Library & Archives as part of the California Revealed program. California Revealed is a State Library initiative to help digitize California’s archival treasures, at no cost to the source institution. Fleet founded Consolidated Aircraft in 1923 in Buffalo, New York, relocating his company to San Diego in 1935. During World War II, located on Pacific Highway by Lindbergh Field, the company employed nearly 50,000 San Diegans, delivering tens of thousands of aircraft. His company merged with Vultee Aircraft in 1943, becoming Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation (Convair).
These oversized scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and articles about Fleet and Consolidated Aircraft, dating from 1928 to 1942. On loan to the Museum by the Fleet family, they were created by Fleet’s personal secretary.
The digitization of these books will allow research of materials that include valuable marketing and media information about Consolidated Aircraft prior to its move to San Diego, as well as the early years of World War II. The California Revealed project has already digitized many of the Museum’s oral histories, including those of T.C. Ryan, Waldo Waterman and Lillian Boyer.
These are available at: https://archive.org/details/sandiegoairspacemuseum

In March 2020 the world changed as non-essential businesses closed to the public to prevent the spread of the coronaviru...
04/22/2020

In March 2020 the world changed as non-essential businesses closed to the public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Overnight, the Museum converted its daily activities into a variety of online and remote activities as staff began working from home. During the temporary closure, the Museum’s Library & Archives staff continue to respond to research requests and inquiries. In addition, they are exploring ways to stay connected with the public while working from home. To learn more about the Library & Archives recent accomplishments and future plans, read the new issue of “Researcher News.http://sandiegoairandspace.org/pdf/LANewsletter_April2020a.pdf

04/15/2020
San Diego Air & Space Museum

“Apollo 13: America’s Finest Hour, Told to You Live by the Heroes Who Were There” A Facebook Live Event this Friday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time – the Day 50 Years Ago They Splashed Down Successfully
Apollo 13 Astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, Mission Lead Flight Director Milt Windler, and Flight Directors Gerry Griffin and Glynn Lunney appear in a Facebook Live event to celebrate a deep space rescue of the crew, which was caused by an unexpected oxygen tank explosion in the Service Module. The intended third Moon Landing Mission quickly changed to saving three of America’s heroes, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert.


San Diego, Calif. – April 15, 2020 –Apollo 13 is the most memorable deep space rescue mission in the storied annals of American manned spaceflight history. Clearly one of NASA’s finest moments, the rescue takes center stage during a once-in-a-lifetime Facebook Live event hosted by the San Diego Air & Space Museum this Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific time, the Museum announced today.



“Apollo 13: America’s Finest Hour” is being hosted on the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s page at www.Facebook.com/SDASM, exactly 50 years to the day of the splash down by one of NASA’s most heralded missions. It’s the real life story about what it took to save the crew from certain death in deep space.



“Apollo 13 is THE American success story and is being chronicled by the men who were responsible for the rescue and who were actually there,” said Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “This is an incredible opportunity to see and hear from the men who were the right team at the right time – and how people working together can overcome anything they set their minds to accomplish. With all that’s going on in the world today, it’s time to acknowledge our human abilities to conquer the unknown and unexpected. Taking on life’s challenges and winning is what we do as a species. Celebrating Apollo 13 is perfectly timed for what the world is experiencing right now.”



As of April 15, Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise, Lead Mission Flight Director Milt Windler, and Mission Flight Directors Gerry Griffin and Glynn Lunney have confirmed for the Facebook Live event, moderated by Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the Museum, and Mark Larson, the Museum’s Chairman of the Board. The event is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience their live, candid comments, sharing the real-life story in their own words of the teamwork required to save the spacecraft and crew from certain death.



The Facebook Live event begins at 2 p.m. Pacific time this Friday, April 17 at www.Facebook.com/SDASM. Don’t miss it!

We are proud to be California's official air and space museum and education center located in Balboa Park. Preserve...Inspire...Educate...Celebrate! Visit our website at https://sandiegoairandspace.org and follow us on social media to join the fun.

Do you have to make repairs to your B-24 or PBY and are worried you don't have the most current instructions?  Don't wor...
01/29/2020
Consolidated Field Service Bulletins Vol. 3 1945 : SDASM : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Do you have to make repairs to your B-24 or PBY and are worried you don't have the most current instructions? Don't worry! We have digitized Consolidated Field Service Bulletins from World War Two!
https://archive.org/details/consolidatedfieldservicebulletinsvol.31945

We have also digitized "Plane Talk" and Consairways "Plane Talk" check them out at https://archive.org/details/@sdasm_archives

Consolidated Aircraft Field Service Bulletins Volume 3, from December 1944 through December 1945.  The Field Service Bulletins gave updates and maintenance...

Santa came early this year! We received a generous award from the California State Library for their "California Reveale...
12/23/2019

Santa came early this year! We received a generous award from the California State Library for their "California Revealed" project. This project will digitize 50 items containing thousands of pages of content. The items to be digitized include board minutes from the Consolidated/Convair Aircraft Corporation from 1924 to 1954, which will give insight into the major decisions that made that company one of the most important aerospace manufacturers in America. Also selected for digitization are the company newspapers for the Northrop Corporation, which range in date from the 1940s to the 1980s. Northrop was known for manufacturing "Flying Wing" aircraft and several other important designs, such as the F-5. These newspapers include information about the products the company made, in addition to the everyday activities of its employees. Such activities include such things as employee spotlights and articles on company sports teams. Northrop was a major aerospace corporation, which employed several thousand Californians in the 1950s. These newspapers give a unique look into the aerospace industry in California during the Cold War. These items will be available on Archive.org in late 2020 and all of the text will be fully searchable!

Naughty or nice?  You are running out of time to impress Santa! If you really want to get on the good list, come volunte...
12/18/2019

Naughty or nice? You are running out of time to impress Santa! If you really want to get on the good list, come volunteer at the Library and Archives! Thanks to Bill Allen for use of this image.

As you know, our collections have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, allowing us the responsibility of maintai...
11/25/2019

As you know, our collections have grown rapidly over the past couple of years, allowing us the responsibility of maintaining the largest private non-profit aerospace collection in the nation. However, to ensure good stewardship and accessibility to these valuable collections, it is necessary to improve and expand our existing storage areas. We are now planning and starting to raise funds for the renovation of two more collection rooms. These improvements are needed to better utilize our limited space for proper storage and long-term preservation, as well as provide easier access for research purposes. It will also allow us to create better work areas for our staff and volunteers.

Pictured is the area once known as the "Tank Room" which will be used for expanded collection storage. If you would like to donate to this effort, or purchase items that will help, you can use this link:
https://www.charity.ebay.com/charity/San-Diego-Air-and-Space-Museum/2439925

Visit our eBay store for surplus books and other items for sale. All proceeds will go toward our renovation project to i...
11/18/2019
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Visit our eBay store for surplus books and other items for sale. All proceeds will go toward our renovation project to improve the storage and care of our collections. Thanks for your support.

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We have uploaded even more General Dynamics/Convair Newspapers to https://archive.org/details/sandiegoairspacemuseumAnd ...
10/30/2019

We have uploaded even more General Dynamics/Convair Newspapers to https://archive.org/details/sandiegoairspacemuseum
And if that wasn't cool enough, the website reads the newspapers to you if you so desire! You can search for friends or family members that worked at there and read...or hear all about them!

Big News!  We have digitized 100s of issues of Convairiety, the employee newspaper of Convair.  We have editions from Sa...
10/15/2019
The San Diego Air and Space Museum : Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive

Big News! We have digitized 100s of issues of Convairiety, the employee newspaper of Convair. We have editions from San Diego, Fort Worth, Astronautics and even Antelope Valley. You can find them here: https://archive.org/details/sandiegoairspacemuseum

And, you can search the contents of all of them (and other documents from Convair and Ryan) but using the "Search this Collection" box and selecting "Text Contents".

The San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives houses one of the largest collections of Air & Space-related books and archival materials in the country. This extensive collection, which includes many unique and rare items, consists of books, periodicals, films and video tapes,...

Hello!  Did you know that we have some very rare Oral Histories on Archive.org?  Like this one from Richard Stutzman who...
08/06/2019
BD 0256 Richard Stutzman Oral History : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Hello! Did you know that we have some very rare Oral Histories on Archive.org? Like this one from Richard Stutzman who flew with the 118th Tactical Recon Sq. and was shot down over China?https://archive.org/details/bd0256richardstutzmanoralhistory

Oral History from Richard Dick Stutzman, who served with the 118th Tactical-Reconnaissance Squadron in World War Two.  Mr. Stutzman discusses his time in...

06/08/2019

Happy National Donut Day! The Salvation Army established the first National Donut Day in Chicago, 1938. Donuts and “doing good” have always gone hand in hand. During World War I, Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” served donuts to soldiers. Today, we continue to celebrate their work by delivering the sweet treat to those in need – and to donut lovers across the country.

Happy National Donut Day! This WWI poster is from the Museum's poster collection and was donated in 2019 by the Salvatio...
06/07/2019

Happy National Donut Day! This WWI poster is from the Museum's poster collection and was donated in 2019 by the Salvation Army. It is currently undergoing conservation work to preserve it for future generations. To learn more go to:
https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/national-donut-day/

New books in the library have arrived!
04/30/2019

New books in the library have arrived!

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The Archive staff has produced a really nice short history of barnstorming. It is on the SDASM website:
A terrific new online exhibit just went up on the museum's website: