|The NASM Archives/Library Reading Room is still open!|
Additionally, we are still answering our phones and email. Although we are quite busy with move preparations and a response may take longer than usual, researchers can still contact us with a reference question via our online email inquiry form. If you want to restore your aircraft or build a model, we can still run a search in our database and provide custom search printouts listing all of our drawings on paper and microfilm, even though actual drawings will not be available until after the move. We can still provide aircraft history cards. Fifty thousand of our over two million photographs are still available to order through Smithsonian Institution Archives – Photographic Services. You can still access broad collection information via SIRIS or more specific information in the NASM Archives Division online finding aids.
We currently anticipate that we will reopen sometime in Spring 2011. Stay tuned for more information about the move here on the Smithsonian Collections Blog and on the NASM AirSpace blog. We’re very excited about our new space and can’t wait to welcome researchers to our new Reading Room!
Elizabeth C. Borja
Reference Services Archivist, National Air and Space Museum Archives Division