Author Archives: Jordan Ferraro

Panoramic Preservation

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The Archives Division at the National Air and Space Museum has lots of really neat items.  Most things come to us in good condition and need very little preservation before being made available to the public.  Occasionally however, we get an item that needs to be stabilized before it can be made accessible.  That is   …Continue Reading


The Envelope, Please

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Balancing access and preservation is a continuous problem in every archive. The Museum’s Archives Division’s mandate is two-fold; to make collections accessible for researchers, and to preserve the collections for future generations. These two goals came into conflict while processing the Lee Ya-Ching Collection. Lee Ya-Ching (1912-1998) was a Chinese aviatrix. During World War II   …Continue Reading