Library & Archives

  • Our library and archives is one of the largest in the country. We receive enquiries from museums, researchers, film-makers and the general public. 90% of this material is indexed and on the computer for user-friendly access. We continue to search for and acquire relevant photographs and documents as well as memorabilia and artifacts for our collection and to ensure that they are identified and preserved properly.

    4,145 Paintings, includes frames pictures, posters 350 model aircraft
    1500 ‘small artifacts’ such as blow pots and other early tools such as compasses and log books 125 uniforms (military and civil including pilot, stewardess)
    2,000 blueprints of airport buildings; 65,000 blueprints of aircraft; 230 cartridges of blueprints Airmail stamp collections including the Pitblado Collection which is nationally known.
    68,000 micro fiche and 60 rolls micro film 4,500 Technical manuals
    250 Early topographical maps and charts 50,000 Magazines
    Scrapbooks and audio tapes of many of Canada’s early bush flying pioneers and test pilots 40,000 photographs–many never before published
    Books (fiction and non fiction), newsletters and pamphlets from early airline companies 200 Films (including a rare Amelia Earhart which even the Smithsonian Museum does not have)

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