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James Sterling Commercial Airlines Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1992-01-21
The James Sterling Commercial Airlines Collection is comprised of commercial airline ephemera printed between 1930 and 1990, such as route maps, flight schedules, postcards, flight kits, decals, catalogs, brochures, air sickness bags and calendars. The materials were items provided to customers by various airlines, predominantly ones with international routes, including: Pan American World Airways, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, TWA, Northwest Orient Airlines, Mexicana De Aviacion, Lufthansa, China Airlines, China National Aviation Corporation and Braniff International Airways.


  • 1940s to 1980s

Language of Materials

Two items are in Spanish. One item is printed in Chinese and English. All other materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 half-width letter size document box, 1 oversize item)

Separated Materials

All books, manuals, and serials have been separated from the archival component of this collection and is kept in the Library. The following is the book list. Please contact the Librarian for more details.

  • 1917-1967, 50th Anniversary, A Pictorial Review, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
  • Aircraft Metal Work; Navy Training Courses. Edition of 1945.
  • Aircraft Metals; Navy Training Courses. Edition of 1945.
  • Airplane Design. Karl D. Wood. 7th edition, 1943.
  • Airplane Design Manual. Frederick K. Teichmann. Potman Publishing Corporation, 1942.
  • An Educational Guide in Air Transportation. Ralph E. Hinkel and Leo Boron. Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc. 1944.
  • Aviation Facts and Figures 1945. Rudolf Modley. McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1945.
  • Blueprint Reading and Layout Work. U. S. Navy Training Courses, Edition of 1944.
  • Metal Airplane Structures. Maj. Flavius E. Loudy. The Norman W. Henley Publishing Co, 1946.
  • Pioneering the Helicopter. Charles Lester Morris. McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1945.
  • The Spirit of St. Louis. Charles A. Lindbergh. Charles Schriber’s sons, 1953.
  • The Story of the Airship. Hugh Allen; The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., 8th Edition, 1932.
  • The Supersonic Transport: A Look at Key Issues. George N. Chatham and Franklin P. Heddle, Library of Congress, March 1971.
  • World Aerospace Profile. 1988.

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:

  • Air conditioning part: Control column cover. “Douglas” for DC-6B, 2¾“ diameter, maroon with white and blue.
  • Boeing SST model, 8.25x17, white with blue and red, made of urethane foam, 1/200 scale, with metal stand.
  • Boeing 737 model kit in box, 1/72 scale all plastic kit, Aurora Plastics Corporation.
  • Hiller-Copter model kit in box ,½” to 1” scale, wood, Ranco Historical Models.
  • Boeing 377 Stratocruiser model kit in box, 11.5x9 plastic knockdown kit, Jericho Corporation.
  • True airspeed calculator, Standard Oil of California Aviation Products, 4” diameter, 1940.

The following items have been separated from the archival component of the collection and are kept in the Trade Literature Collection, Manufacturers series:
  • Brochure: 727 Ideal Short-Range Jet by Gordon S. Williams, Boeing Company
  • Directory: Boeing Telephone Directory, April 1966
  • Report: “Superjet Look” for 727/707 Interiors, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (2 copies)
  • Booklet: Boeing 737 Clipbook, Boeing Company, no date
  • Catalog: “How You Are Served” by Weber Aircraft Company, no date (soft)


Guide to the James Sterling Commercial Airlines Collection
Completed - Level 1
L. Rola
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Revision Statements

  • 2022 November 14: Added agent CNAC and updated scope note

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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