The Wings Over the Rockies Research Library was established to serve researchers and historians around the world. Its qualified all-volunteer staff specializes in providing and locating unique or uncommon materials and sources related to the history of aviation, rocketry and space exploration.
Technical and historical perspectives are significantly represented by:
- Over 10,000 book titles on aviation and aerospace.
- Over 700 periodicals covering ballooning, aviation, astronomy, aerospace in English and several foreign languages, including 19th Century- volumes published by l’Acade’mie francaise.
- Original Flight/Maintenance manuals for many of the airplanes stationed at the Lowry Air Force Base.
- Technical Orders/Manuals.
- Retrospective airline timetables.
- Commercial airline seat magazines.
- An eclectic collection of Flight/Maintenance manuals for commercial airliners.
- An exhaustive clippings file, housing articles, advertising, miscellaneous related ephemera.
- Working papers of contributors to aviation and space exploration.
- An extensive array of historical and contemporary maps/charts.
- Airline schedules, seat magazines.
- Over 500 VHS/DVDs.
- 7 linear feet of retrospective post cards.
- Access to the Museum’s substantial avionics resource.
- Posters, calendars, aviation art.
- Working papers and blueprints to accompany the Museum’s one-of-a-kind Ball-Bartoe Jetwing.
- The Museum’s vast historical photograph collection depicting the history of Lowry AFB, military aircraft, local aviation history.
Using the Research Library
The Wings Research Library/Archives is available by appointment to researchers and visitors. Colorado residency or Museum membership is not required.
To make arrangements, please contact us at Library@WingsMuseum.org, call us at 303.360.5360 X119 or write to 7711 East Academy Blvd., Denver, CO 80230. Off-site researchers and visitors need not make an appointment, but are welcome to contact us for research assistance.
In order to preserve and give proper care to the various collections, the following rules apply to using the Library’s collections and archives:
Basics for on-site users
- An ID and/or references may be requested.
- No food or drink is allowed.
- Pencils must be used for notes.
- Clean hands are a must.
- Gloves provided by the Library will be used to handle photographs. Hats, coats, briefcases, etc. will be stowed away from the actual site of research.
Photocopying, scans, or camera shots
- Photocopying will be done by staff.
- A charge of $0.50 per photocopy will apply for up to 8 photocopies or camera shots. Photocopies/scans or camera shots thereafter will be discounted.
- Special photocopy/scanning camera shot projects will be negotiated on an individual basis. The same fee schedule also applies to off-site users.
Any material published or otherwise reproduced will be credited to The Wings Research Library/Archives. A copy of the final publication or reproduction of information containing information from the Wings Research Library/Archives should be contributed to the collection.
Although at this time no hourly or minimum research fees are charged, a contribution to the welfare of the Research Library/Archives is expected. Fees are used to support the collections and obtain preservation materials. A contributor may request the donation be applied to the purchase of specific items or subjects within the collections.