John W. Ramsay Research Center

The volunteers of the John W. Ramsay Research Center work to collect, preserve, catalog, and share information which embodies the history and technology of aerospace, in support of the New England Air Museum.

Please note that due to major construction projects over the next six to eight months NEAM’s research library will not be available for on-site research until further notice. Any requests for information should go to , or use this online form, and we will do our best to help remotely.


NEAM Library Reading Room
All research indexes are located in the Reading Room, while the stacks are open only to center personnel. The all-volunteer staff consists of a Coordinator, a Research Librarian, and 15 volunteer staff.

The center occupies about 7,000 square feet on two floors of the Museum's Civil Aviation Hangar. Most holdings are indexed in a single database, which is available in the Reading Room.

The collection is organized in the following categories:

  • AVIATION BOOKS - Approximately 20,000.
  • TECHNICAL MANUALS - Approximately 10,000 manuals and pilot's operating handbooks.
  • AVIATION PERIODICALS - Approximately 97,000 items with several hundred titles.
  • AUDIO/VIDEO MATERIALS - Over 1000 DVDs and VHS tapes, 350 audio tapes, and approximately 730,000 images on NASM videodiscs.
  • PHOTOGRAPHS - Approximately 21,000 black and white prints and 7,800 slides.
  • ARCHIVES - Papers of many New England aviation pioneers, including Burnelli, Whitehead, Wittiman, and Sikorsky, plus historical documents of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, the New England Air Museum, and other organizations.

Research Terms

Credit to the New England Air Museum (NEAM) must be given on any published materials that result from information provided by NEAM.

There will be a fee for any images reproduced for publishing of any kind and all images will be labeled courtesy of the New England Air Museum.

A copy of any published material derived from research conducted at NEAM will be provided to NEAM for its archives.

Special written permission must be obtained for any images that are intended to be used for commercial reproduction or sale.

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