archival collection


The Archives has many collections of documents devoted to particular subjects, organizations or persons.  We are currently working on cataloging, creating finding guides and digitizaing our special collections.  Here is a list of most of our special collections, which includes basic information on them.  Also, details on many of our special collections are listed below.

We also have a variety of archival documents, which soon will be searchable on the Library Catalog.  In the meantime, partial indexes are avaiable here:

The Library and Archives has digitized several of our rare books, including important publications from Consolidated/Convair Aircraft and Ryan Aeronautical. These books are searchable and can be found at:

Manuscript Collection

The collection contains 92 manuscripts, written/compiled between early twentieth century and early 21st century.

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Willard Martin Personal Papers

Willard Martin (b. 1917) began to work at Convair in the 1940s as a metal worker eventually serving as Operations General Supervisor, supervising experiment department operations and more through the 1970s.

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Capt. Knefler McGinnis Personal Papers

Capt. Knefler McGinnis served in the U.S. Navy from 1912 to 1946, having been trained as a naval aviator and serving aboard several naval destroyers. He was presented a Distinguished Flying Cross as commanding...

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Mitsubishi A6M7 Zero Collection

The Mitsubishi Navy Type Zero, better known as Zero Fighter, or Rei-sen (Reisen), was one of the most renowned Japanese aircraft during WWII. This collection contains materials used to restore the Zero.

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John J. Montgomery Personal Papers

John J. Montgomery (1858?-1911) was an aviation pioneer and is said to have made the first manned, controlled, heavier than air flights in the United States with his glider.

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