Library & Archives

Library & Archives

The Museum of Flight is home to largest aerospace library on the West Coast and one of the largest aviation archives in the world, with materials illustrating the entire history of manned flight and aerospace technology. The Museum provides access to these collections through our dedicated Kenneth H. Dahlberg Reading Room, where we assist thousands of individuals each year with research requests, both in-person and remotely.

The Harl V. Brackin Memorial Library contains 31,000 books, over 60,000 periodicals and 14,000 technical manuals, in addition to thousands of manufacturer publications, and reports and technical files for researchers.

The Archives hold nearly 5,000 cubic feet of paper materials (technical documentation, blueprints, correspondence, philately, ephemera, scrapbooks, etc.), film and electronic media, and an estimated 4 million images, including prints, negatives, slides and transparencies.

Inspiration Begins Here! is essential for the Museum’s ability to protect and catalog a larger range of historically significant artifacts and integrate them into our collection. Campaign funds will provide more library shelving, as well as temperature- and humidity-controlled storage containers.