Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Air and Space Museum. Aeronautics Division
Exhibition Records, 1978-2010
This accession consists of records documenting updates to the "Black Wings" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum as well as educational outreach, publications, research, special events, and other activities pertaining to groundbreaking African American aviators. The "Black Wings" exhibition opened in 1982 in the Pioneers of Flight Gallery and initially focused on the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibition was periodically updated and its content broadened. A traveling version of the exhibit, which began touring in 2011, was developed in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. These records were created and maintained by a number of curators over time, including Cathleen Lewis, Space History Division, and Von Hardesty and Peter L. Jakab, Aeronautics Division. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, scripts, clippings, event announcements, lecture notes, visitor comment forms, agreements, and related materials.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Lewis, Cathleen S., 1958-
- Hardesty, Von, 1939-
- Jakab, Peter L.
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Space History Division
- National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Pioneers of Flight Gallery
- Tuskegee Airmen
- Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service
- Black Wings (Exhibition) (1982- : Washington, D.C.)
- Black Wings (Traveling exhibition) (2011-2015)
- Aeronautical museums
- Astronautical museums
- Museums -- Educational aspects
- Museum publications
- Special events
- African American air pilots
- Museum exhibits
- Traveling exhibitions
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-172, National Air and Space Museum. Aeronautics Division, Exhibition Records