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Archives at The Museum of Flight

Founders of American Aerospace Exhibit Collection

Identifier: 2022-00-00-16
The Founders of American Aerospace Exhibit Collection consists of archival items dating from 1910-1965 that were acquired by the Museum of Flight for use in the "Founders of American Aerospace" exhibit, formerly on display in the Museum's Red Barn from about 2005-2022.

The collection is organized by theme following the layout of the exhibit. Materials include printed ephemera, postcards, correspondence, and sheet music. The items represents early American aircraft manufacturing companies, such as the Boeing Company, Douglas Aircraft Company, Lockheed Aircraft Company and McDonnell Aircraft Company, as well as some of the men who founded the companies, including Glenn Curtiss, Donald Douglas, and James McDonnell. Early airmail service is also represented by materials in the collection.

This collection only consists of archival items purchased for use in the exhibit; the exhibit also included artifacts as well as archival items from other accessions which are not included in this collection. Therefore, the inventory on this finding aid should not be considered a comprehensive list of items included in the exhibit.


  • 1910-1965

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. 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.


.21 Cubic Feet (1 letter-size half-width document box, 1 oversize folder)

Custodial History

The items in this collection were purchased from various sources.


No further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Related Materials

Because not all items used in the exhibit are cataloged with this collection, this collection is not a comprehensive listing of all artifacts in the exhibit. For more information on other artifacts from the exhibit contact us.
Guide to the Founders of American Aerospace Exhibit Collection
Completed - Level 1
N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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