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Register of the San Diego Aerospace Museum collection circa 1860-1946
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Title: San Diego Aerospace Museum collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1860-1946
    Collection Number: 2002C70
    Collector: San Diego Aerospace Museum.
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Photographs, postcards, and miscellany, relating mainly to American participation in World Wars I and II. Collected by the San Diego Aerospace Museum.
    Language of the materials: The collection is in English.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Collection Size: 2 oversize boxes (2.7 linear feet)

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Diego Aerospace Museum collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2002.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Historical Note

    1962 October 12 Established when the State of California approved the articles of incorporation
    1963 February Museum opened
    1964 March International Aerospace Hall of Fame (IAHF) established
    Circa 1965 Museum moved to the Electric Building, which provided more area for display
    1978 February Fire destroyed aircraft, artifacts, and archival materials
    1980 February Museum re-opened
    1986 Became the first aero-themed museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums
    2006 Name changed to the San Diego Air & Space Museum
      Museum acquired the Low Speed Wind Tunnel
    Source: San Diego Air & Space Museum website. Accessed through http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/

    Scope and Content of Collection

    In 2002, the San Diego Aerospace Museum, now known as the San Diego Air and Space Museum, donated materials to the Hoover Institution Archives that matched the archives' collecting goals. The San Diego Aerospace Museum collection contains photographs and postcards mainly related to American participation in World Wars I and II.
    The collection includes images from a range of conflicts, from the American Civil War to World War II. There are full-page clippings of Civil War cartoons, including drawings by Theodore R. Davis. One photo album contains images of World War I soldiers, while a photo album presented to William Korongy from the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair includes photographs of the January 28 Incident, also known as the Shanghai War of 1932.
    Some of the photographs related to World War II originated from the Theodore Blaine collection at the museum. Materials include a service record detailing where Blaine was stationed, which provides context for the photographs of American soldiers in France during World War II.
    Additional photographs depicting the World War II era include scenes of Italy and Southern France, which were donated to the museum by Bob Bower.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Diego Aerospace Museum.
    United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
    United States--Armed Forces.
    World War, 1914-1918
    World War, 1939-1945.