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Highlights over a hundred years of Smithsonian collection of aeronautical and astronautical artifacts. Discusses the struggle to establish the National Air Museum and the subsequent legislation designating a National Air and Space Museum. A brief history of the Congressional debate to provide funding for the National Air and Space Museum building. Describes the design and construction of the new building and planning for new exhibits. Discusses program for acquiring astronautical artifacts, especially the NASM agreement with NASA to provide important specimens. Brief coverage of the exhibits and facilities.


  • Garber, Paul Edward 1899-1992
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • United States Congress
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Spaceflight Vol. 18, 7 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


July-August, 1976


  • Airplanes
  • Architecture
  • Aeronautics
  • Congressional Debates
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Space flight
  • Facilities Planning
  • Museum buildings
  • Openings
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Exhibitions
  • Budget
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Astronautics
  • Space vehicles
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Facilities
  • Building

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pp. 249-262

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