The Part that Stays Behind


resources in print

The array of aviation publications maintained in open-ended boxes intended for vertical storage of magazines would not fill a single aisle in the stacks at a small public library, but they represent significant value for aviation history researchers. They are just part of resources NOT moved to the new AeroKnow Museum home at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Illinois. Here are some more . . .

flat filed periodical storage

close-up of above

The abbreviations and numbers indicate the issues inside each drawer: FP = FlyPast for 1985, 2005; AFM = Air Forces Monthly; FRI = Flying Review International . . . . A list of abbreviations used throughout AeroKnow Museum will be sent to anyone who asks for it.

Archivists know that printed matter is best maintained lying flat so it doesn’t strain bindings and soft-bound publications in partially empty vertical storage boxes like the ones shown in the first picture do not bend as gravity naturally, temporarily, deforms them. Even so, it’s easier and less expensive to store all print in the vertical, and that’s why storage boxes like those displayed at the top are essential. Here’s some more . . .

flat and vertical

Most of the magazines have been indexed to record subjects of articles in each issue, drawings, particularly noteworthy photographs and more. We are cross-indexing by subject as Museum support permits. Results are posted at the AeroKnow  website —

more flat publication storage in the basement

The storage cabinets have been purchased and donated to AeroKnow over decades of developing the collection. We can use twice as much as you see in these pictures, so if you have any to donate, please let me know.

The resources pictured here are subject to the humidity that damaged model kits relocated early in the move to new quarters at the airport. Space at the airport is limited and shelving resources sub-nominal. When Museum support permits, we will move the magazines to dryer quarters PRONTO. This is one more reason why your support of AeroKnow Museum is so important.

In the future, I will share descriptions and photos of some of the print resources on hand.

CAVU and soft landings




About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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