The Museum of Flight Archives contains over 5,000 cubic feet of paper-based and photographic materials that document the entire evolution of manned flight from the Wright Brothers, to modern jet travel, to space exploration.

The Archive Collection is comprised of an estimated 4 million images, including photographic prints, film and glass plate negatives, slides, and transparencies. Our paper-based materials include maps, charts, drawings, blueprints, log books and diaries, manuscripts, research and technical documentation, correspondence and philately, and airline ephemera such as tickets, timetables, brochures, and luggage tags.

Our archives catalog is not currently online, though we plan to have it available in the future.

To find out more information about individual collections in our Archives, please contact us by calling 206-764-5874 or emailing or by exploring the finding aids available.

Finding Aids

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Digital Collections

The Museum of Flight Digital Collections is an online repository that was launched in December 2017 as part of a grant-funded project to digitize our World War I materials. It contains over 4,000 digitized items from almost 50 collections, including photographs, albums, diaries, correspondence, military records, sheet music, and other archival materials related to WWI. As the Archives team undertakes future digitization projects, more items will be made available through TMOF Digital Collections. Stay tuned!

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The World War I digitization project was generously funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project has been endorsed as an official project by the World War I Centennial Commission.