Jump to Content

San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101
Phone: (619) 234-8291
Fax: (619) 233-4525
Email: None
Collections with online items: 26
Physical collections: 65
Browse the Collections
From A to Z
0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Addems (Walter) Personal Papers

This collection contains approximately 5 linear inches of papers covering Walter J. Addems long, successful life of flying and achievements. He began flying at a very early age and was a member of the famous Early Birds. He was integral...

Air France Menu Collection

This collection contains menus from Air France flights between Paris and Los Angeles and between Paris and Buenos Aires during the 1980s.

Alfonte (James) Special Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Brig. Gen. James Alfonte. The bulk of the material relates to his aviation career during World War I.

American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) Special Collection

This series contains various correspondences, articles, documents, reunion yearbooks, etc. relating to the American Volunteer Group (AVG), known as the “Flying Tigers.”

Army Air Corp. Air Mail Accidents: February-April 1934 Special Collection

This collection contains correspondence relating to Air Mail accidents in spring 1934.

Arnold, (George B.) Personal Papers

In 1937, George Arnold was in Shien Chaio, China to build an aircraft factory. This collection was assembled by the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Central Aircraft (CAMCO) was located in Shien Chaio, China. This collection contains photographs of...

Babb (Charles H.) Collection

This collection contains correspondence, prototypes, blueprints and other documents from Charles Harding Babb, founder of The Babb Company.

Babcock (Philip) Special Collection

Philip Babcock served with the 88th Aero Squadron in the First World War. This Collection documents his life and the history of the squadron.

Bahl (Errold) Personal Papers

Errold G. Bahl (EGB, October 26, 1894 – October 26, 1930) was one of the early birds of aviation, an aircraft pilot, mechanic, barnstormer, and entrepreneur. He attended the School of Military Aeronautics, flew in Latin America, was a mentor...

Balsley (Horace Clyde) Personal Papers

Primarily, this collection focuses on Balsley’s service as a member of the Lafayette Escadrille. A significant item is a reprint of Balsley’s war-time diary. This collection contains many newspaper clippings concerning injuries sustained when his airplane was shot down in...

Baross (James P.) Personal Papers

The James Phillip Baross Personal Papers contains documents and objects relating to and collected by Baross during his service as a flight radio operator in World War II.

Blaine (Miles) Personal Papers

Miles Blaine (1913-2009) was a long time San Diego resident and photographer for SDASM. His collection features 860+ photographs from 1935 to 1952, related to aviation and a growing San Diego. He began to volunteer at the San Diego Air...

Bogan (Gerald F.) Special Collection

This collection contains military orders, papers, photographs and artifacts relating to the career of Adm. Gerald F. Bogan of the U.S. Navy.

Boucher (Roland A.) Personal Papers

Roland A. Boucher, engineer and inventor who founded AstroFlights, which worked with electric-powered radio controlled aircraft and developed the world's first solar-powered aircraft. This is a collection pertaining photographs, slides, measurements, correspondence, articles on AstroFlight, Hughes Aircraft solar aircraft transparencies,...

Brown, Mort

This collection contains materials related to the life and work of Mort W. Brown (1908- ), the first (retired) Chief Pilot of Production Flight Test with the Cessna Aicraft Company, working from 1937 to 1972.

Capistrano Test Site Special Collection

This collection contains documents relating to the Capistrano Test Site used by Northrop Grumman from 1963.

Caroline JFK Campaign Aircraft

This collection details the technical life of President John F. Kennedy’s campaign aircraft, the Caroline, which was the first private aircraft used exclusively for campaigning by an American presidential candidate. The collection includes correspondence and notes kept by the Caroline’s...

Casson, Norman Personal Papers

Norman Howard Casson has spent his technical career of six decades in aerospace. This collection contains photographs and text materials related to Casson's work, with the bulk related to his work on NASA's manned luanr missions, "Project Apollo".

Churchill (Fred B) Personal Papers

Fred Churchill was involved with Ryan Aeronautical and served as the official Federal Aviation Agency representative for the Ryan Navion program. This Collection contains material relating to his life and Ryan Aeronautical.

Cloud (Benjamin) Personal Papers

Captain Benjamin Cloud was a U.S. Navy pilot who worked in reconnaissance at various stages of his long career, including on the cusp of the Vietnam War. Eventually he would be assigned command of that unit making him one of...

Cochran (Jacqueline) Special Collection

This collection contains papers relating to Jacqueline Cochran's distinguished aviation career. Cochran earned her pilot's license in 1932 and went on to help form the Women Airforce Service Pilots group during World War II.

Convairiety Newsletters

This collection contains the full run of Convairiety, the company newsletter of Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation (Convair).

Courtney (Frank T.) Personal Papers

Frank Courtney started his aviation career in 1913, flying in World War I, World War II, and serving in commercial and military aviation for decades. His collection contains IDs, passports, and journals from 1922-1971.

Crum (Lawrence C.) Personal Papers

Lawrence Crum received his U.S. Navy Aviator wings in 1942 and served on the USS Ranger during WWII & Korean War. The collection contains numerous photographs of the USS Ranger, certificates and personal documents.

Duncan (Lee Francis) Personal Papers

Lee Francis Duncan was a member of the early U.S. air mail crews. He also flew for United Airlines and was a member of the Army during World War II.

Dunkel (Joseph R.) Personal Papers

Joseph J. Dunkel was a veteran parachute jumper and pilot, flying various aircraft from gliders to four-engine bombers. This Collection includes photos documenting Dunkel's life in Aviation.

Eighth Air Force Strategic & Tactical US Army Air Forces Collection

The Eighth Air Force was formed in 1942 and specialized in daylight precision bombing. The collection consists of a photographic book containing a narrative, ranging from the years 1943 to 1945.

Emery (Thomas Parker) Personal Papers

Thomas Parker Emery - a local community college art instructor, mural painter, designer, and sculptor - was commissioned to restore the March of Transportation murals painted by Juan Larrinaga in the Ford Building, which currently houses the San Diego Air...

F-105 Special Collection

The F-105F was a supersonic fighter bomber used by the United States Air Force. The F-105F was the third F-105 in production and the F-105G would later be modified from the F-105F. This Collection details the demonstration of the F-105...

Famme (Joseph H.) Collection

Joseph H. Famme was a prominent contributor to the growth of the aerospace industry, especially in San Diego. The collection consists of engineering proposals, reports, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, as well as other documents related to the design of major...

Fife (Ray B.) Personal Papers

Raymond B. Fife (March 26, 1900 – 1982) was a pioneer mechanic of aviation. Growing up in Venice, CA, he was exposed to the world of aviation from an early age. This Collection details his life in aviation and includes...

Fischer (Harold E.) Special Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Harold E. Fischer, who was an Air Force pilot during the Korean War. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war from 1953-1955.

Fisher (Harold Albert) Special Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Harold Albert Fisher. Fisher was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then worked for the Marquardt Corporation and Grumman Aircraft Corporation.

Gibbon (Elwyn Herbert) Personal Papers

Elwyn Herbert Gibbon had a very distinctive career instructing Chinese how to fly. This Collection documents his life in aviation.

Gildred (Theodore E.) Personal Papers

Theodore Edmonds Gildred was born on October 18, 1935, in Mexico City; the second of four children of real estate developer Theodore Gildred and Maxine Edmonds Gildred. His greatest aeronautical achievement was duplicating his father’s 1931 Goodwill Flight from San...

Gildred (Theodore) Personal Papers

Theodore Gildred (1900-1967) was born on May 12, 1900, in Rochester, New York. His parents moved to South America in 1905, and he was educated in Argentina and Ecuador. Theodore Gildred’s collection primarily consists of documents relating to his Ecuador...

Global Airline Luggage Labels Special Collection

This collection contains luggage labels from a variety of global airlines. The majority of the labels date from before World War II.

Gordon (Donald H.) Personal Papers

Donald H. Gordon was an earlier aviator from San Diego. Items in this collection, from 1909 to 1968, with one article from 1982, include biographies on Donald H. Gordon, correspondence, affidavits, notes, newspaper clippings, and photographs and relate to his...

Grumman F3F-2

The materials in this collection relate to the restoration of a salvaged Grumman F3F-2 that was restored by San Diego Aerospace Museum staff and volunteers in 1990.

Hallett (George E.A.) Special Collection

This collection contains personal material relating to the career of Maj. George Hallett. Hallett was an engineer who worked with Glenn Curtis on early airplanes in San Diego. He was in the Army Air Service during World War I. After...

Haw (Harry H.) Personal Papers

Harry Haw served the U.S. Army as a pilot in the 514th Observation Squadron from 1917 to about 1930, after which he became a civilian transport pilot before moving to San Diego, CA, and becoming a science teacher. This Collection...

Heron (Sam D.) Personal Papers

Sam Heron was an aviation engineer, technician, and inventor who helped to develop the first successful air-cooled engine systems, as well as making various other notable contributions to the field. This collection contains materials related to his life.

Hickman (James Burr) Collection

Letters, documents and artifacts from James Burr Hickman, a member of the Army Air Corps in World War I who was killed in an air accident in Germany after the war.

Hill (Charles) Special Collection

The Charles A. Hill personal papers contain materials relating primarily to Hill's military career during World War I as an Army Air Service pilot and aviation instructor at the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center.

Hoffman-Russell Parachute Company Corporate Records

The Hoffman-Russell Parachute Company was founded by James M. Russell and Major Edward L. Hoffman, both of whom helped design first parachute at McCook Flying Field in Dayton, Ohio, which was adopted by the Army Air Corps.

Jackson (Parker H.) Personal Papers

Parker H. Jackson was the biographer Richard S. Requa, the master architect of the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. This Collection includes documents from Jackson's studies of Requa.

Jarmuth (Hilda) Personal Papers

Little is known about Hilda Jarmuth, an early aviatrix who was born on November 22, 1900. She may have been a member of the Ninety-Nines Club, which was founded on November 2, 1929, for the mutual support and advancement of...

Johnson (John Thad) Personal Papers

J. Thad Johnson was a WWI navy pilot in training for most of WWI. After the war he participated in the first transcontinental flight from New York to San Francisco and other aviation feats.

Kantner (Harold DeWolf) Personal Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Harold DeWolf Kantner. Kantner was an early aviation pioneer who did a lot of work with flying boats.

Karaberis (Constanatine) Personal Papers

The Rear Admiral Constantine A. Karaberis Personal Papers contains items related primarily to Karaberis' career in the United States Navy from 1935 to 1969, commanding several bases and ships.

Keith (Alexander Perkins) Special Collection

This collection contains papers relating to A.P. Keith. The papers include documents about a patent Keith received in 1870 for a flying machine.

Kerley (Robert V.) Personal Papers

Robert Kerley was an engineer at Wright Field, specifically researching, creating, and managing the production of lubricates and fuels through the 1930s until his retirement in 1970. Afterwhich he worked extensively on the autobiography of Sam D. Heron.

Lech (Andrew F.) Personal Papers

Andrew Lech was an aviation model maker. His highly detailed models have been displayed at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. His models date back to the 1920s.

Lowry (Louis) Personal Papers

The Louis M. Lowry Personal Papers is composed of a small collection of photographs and documents from Lowry's military training in the U.S. Army Air Corps and his civilian career with North American Rockwell from 1943 to 1975.

Martin Willard (special collection)

This collection contains the personal collection of Willard Martin, Convair Director of Public Relations. The collection includes photographs and other documents related to Convair operation and company literature, such as newsletters. There are also prints of Convair aircraft, and some...

Martin Willard (special collection)

This collection contains the personal collection of Willard Martin, Convair Director of Public Relations. The collection includes photographs and other documents related to Convair operation and company literature, such as newsletters. There are also prints of Convair aircraft, and some...

Personal Collection of Bernt Balchen, 1899-1973

This collection contains the papers of Bernt Balchen, a renowned cold-weather aviator.

Ruckstell (Glover Edwin) Special Collection

This collection contains the personal papers of G.E. Ruckstell. He was involved in early design and manufacturing of both automobiles and airplanes.

Smothers (Hazel) Special Collection

The Hazel Smothers Personal Papers contains materials relating to Hazel Smothers (1929-), a woman with a long history in private flying. She copiloted her Cessna 172 to a first-in-class finish at the 1969 Powder Puff Derby air race and flew...

U.S. Navy & Gliding Collection

This collection of over 90 color slides was accumulated during the career of an unknown U.S. Navy officer. The slides span roughly twenty years, from pilot’s training at NAS Pensacola in 1945 to an assignment to weather squadron VW-3 in...

Waldorf (Howard) Personal Papers

The Howard Waldorf Personal Papers containns materials relating to and/or written by Waldorf. He was a prominent aviation journalist in the San Francisco Bay area following his service as a test pilot in World War I.

White (Henry) Special Collection

This is a collection of the personal papers of Henry White. White was an early pilot and instructed Charles Lindbergh in seaplane flight. White also worked as a translator, notably on Wernher von Braum's "Life on Mars".

Willaims (James) Personal Papers

The James Stephen Williams Personal Papers contains materials relating to his military training and service as a flight navigator for the United States Army Air Corps and Air Force in the Pacific Theater of World War Two.

Wilson (Charles Richard) Personal Collection

This collection contains materials from the personal collection of Charles Richard Wilson. Wilson was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was shot down over the North Sea and captured and held as a...

Yellin, Jerome

This collection contains many photographs, records, and news articles about Jerome (Jerry) Yellin and his experiences as a World War II pilot. It also contains some spectacular items, such as a story depicting Yellin as a modern Maccabee pilot, a...