The Museum Archives

The museum's oldest audio/visual materials are found in the archives, stored in acid-free folders and boxes. (From top left - World War II spotter cards, acid-free flip-top box, Sky Fighters pulp novel, CD-ROMs and DVDs, booklet, VHS cassette tape, slides, photographic prints, acid-free folders)


The Archives is housed in the National Model Aviation Museum. It contains both records of the AMA and manuscript collections (collections donated by individuals, clubs, and/or companies), with items related to model aviation.

The Archives stores two-dimensional materials that document the history of model aviation. These materials include letters, posters, certificates, booklets, pamphlets, cards, photographic prints, slides and negatives, plans, video tapes, audio tapes, DVDs, 8mm and 16mm film, letter-, legal- and over-sized paper, photographic paper, and more!

The majority of the collections cover the history of the AMA, its committees, competitions, and internal functions. The manuscript collections hold personal correspondence, certificates, photographs, and other memorabilia. We have few records of individual clubs and companies.

Please note: The majority of the Archives' collection are post-1972.

To donate your own manuscript collection or to schedule an appointment for researching in the Archives, please contact the Archivist/Historian, Jackie Shalberg via:
Telephone: (765) 287-1256 ext. 511
Mail: 5151 E. Memorial Drive, Muncie, Indiana 47302


Please contact the Archivist/Historian before sending any materials.
            In-person research requires at least 24 hours' notice for preparation of materials and depends on staff availability. Please call or email ahead to verify availability.

Researching in person is free. Click here for other fees on our research fee list.


Films stored in the Archives include 16mm and 8mm professionally produced and homemade movies.
Pencils, paper and unbleached cotton gloves will be provided to you on your visit.
These are a few of the items from the Percy Pierce Collection, parts of which are currently on exhibit in the Museum's gallery.


 Inside the secured Archives storage area, boxes are placed on numbered shelves.
 One map case drawer opens to reveal oversized acid-free folders. These folders contain larger certificates, posters, panoramic photographs and more.
 In 2007, new rolling storage units were placed in the Museum building to hold the 600-plus boxes of archived materials owned by the Museum. Since then, the area has been secured in its own room within the building.

 Updated: JS 01/14