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. The Museum is also the official Air and Space Museum of California.
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The Library & Archives serves as repository for several types of historical and contemporary publications and records related to aviation and space history, and including technical specifications of aircraft. It 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, audio tapes (including oral histories), manuals, plus a very large number of photos, personal and organizational papers, clippings, articles, and other archival materials. The main focus of this world class collection is aviation-related materials with an emphasis on aerospace vehicles, events, and individuals associated with the geographical area of San Diego, 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.

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
Support San Diego Air and Space Museum on eBay

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.

Through eBay for Charity you can support the causes that matter most - to you - by buying and selling on eBay. We help nonprofits like San Diego Air and Space Museum connect to over 145 million eBay community members to raise money.

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!

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is now hiring a fulltime librarian. The job description is attached. To apply, applican...
02/28/2019

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is now hiring a fulltime librarian. The job description is attached. To apply, applicants should send their resume and cover letter to [email protected]

If you are not lucky enough to be one of our followers living in San Diego, you might be experiencing the Polar Vortex. ...
01/31/2019

If you are not lucky enough to be one of our followers living in San Diego, you might be experiencing the Polar Vortex. Perhaps you can ask airmail pilot "Wild Bill" Hobson if you can borrow his flight suit to keep warm?

Say Cheese! These guys were very busy during the Cold War, and we still have a ton of their images that need to be digit...
01/11/2019

Say Cheese! These guys were very busy during the Cold War, and we still have a ton of their images that need to be digitized. Please contact us if you want to volunteer and help us!

We are moving right along!  Keep an eye out for more news and images from the Library and Archives.
11/02/2018

We are moving right along! Keep an eye out for more news and images from the Library and Archives.

Almost halfway there! We are close to digitizing 25,000 images from our Atlas Negative Collection. This project has been...
04/14/2016

Almost halfway there! We are close to digitizing 25,000 images from our Atlas Negative Collection. This project has been made possible by a generous National Historical Publications and Records grant from the National Archives and Records Administration. http://sandiegoairandspace.org/research/project/convair-general-dynamic-atlas-collection

In addition to images of the Atlas, the collection includes great views of San Diego in the 50s-90s.

Help!  Do you know what type of plane I am?
01/28/2016

Help! Do you know what type of plane I am?

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is the menu from Coco Solo in 1936!
11/25/2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is the menu from Coco Solo in 1936!

Bob Hope stopped by to thank all the Veterans for their service!
11/11/2015

Bob Hope stopped by to thank all the Veterans for their service!

What do you do when you set a speed record?  Have a beer of course! Here the pilot of the "Firefly"...a Convair B-58 Hus...
11/09/2015

What do you do when you set a speed record? Have a beer of course! Here the pilot of the "Firefly"...a Convair B-58 Hustler, celebrates after setting a Blériot Trophy winning speed record.

Check out our Flickr Photo-stream for images covering the whole history of the Atlas! https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdas...
10/08/2015
Atlas V Rocket Blasts Off From Vandenberg AFB

Check out our Flickr Photo-stream for images covering the whole history of the Atlas! https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives For more information about these images, click here: http://sandiegoairandspace.org/research/project/convair-general-dynamic-atlas-collection

An Atlas V rocket filled with top-secret spacecraft and a baker’s dozen of CubeSats departed Vandenberg Air Force Base early Thursday as spectators staked out viewing spots around the Central Coast.

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2001 Pan American Plz
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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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