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Archival, Manuscript, and Photographic Collections

The National Air & Space Archives

The National Air & Space Museum Archives supports the mission of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) by acquiring and preserving for public and cultural use documentary materials of air and space flight. These documentary materials include a wide range of visual and textual materials, many emphasizing the technical aspects of air and space craft and their propulsion system. The Archives organizes and describes these materials and assists the public and museum staff in using these items in their research. The archival collection contains approximately 10,000 cubic feet of material including an estimated two million photographs, 700,000 feet of motion picture film, and two million technical drawings.

Researchers must make appointments for visits and should call the main Archives reading room in downtown Washington (open 10-4:30) at (202) 633-2339. Researchers requiring access to certain collections may be directed to the Archives reading room at the Garber Facility (open 9-4), telephone (301) 238-3480. Both reading rooms are closed on weekends and Federal holidays.