John w. Ramsay



The John W. Ramsay Research Library collects, preserves, and makes available historical and technical information in support of the mission of the New England Air Museum.

Named in honor of longtime director John W. Ramsay, the Library was founded in 1960. It is staffed entirely by volunteers (assisted by the museum curator) and is located in the museum’s Civil Aviation Hangar. 

In addition to actively acquiring new material in line with the Library’s collections policy, the staff provides historical research and documentation in support of the museum’s exhibit and restoration programs, responds to reference inquiries and requests for research assistance, and assists the Curatorial Department in documenting and preserving the institutional history of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association and the museum itself.

Reference Inquiries

Any requests for information should be sent to and patrons should allow at least four weeks for a detailed response.

The Library welcomes reference inquiries from anyone interested in knowing more about our collections, including students, teachers, authors, historians, model-makers, and more. The staff can conduct limited research for patrons not able to visit in person.

On-Site Research

Due to the complex nature of many historical research projects, on-site visits by researchers are by appointment only. 

Researchers should use this form to request a research visit. The volunteer library staff will work with you to determine a date when sufficient staff will be on duty to facilitate your research.

Donate Materials

The Library reviews donation offers of books, documents, photographs, and other research material for its collection. For more information, please email


Aviation Books- Approx. 6,000 Books

Technical Manuals- Approx 10,000 Manuals & Pilot’s Operating Handbooks

Aviation Periodicals- Approx. 20,000 Items with Several Hundred Titles

Audio/Video Materials- Over 500 DVDs and VHS Tapes, and 350 Audio Tapes

Photographs- Approx. 21,000 Color Photos and Black and White Prints

Slides- Approx. 7,800 35mm Slides

Art Works- Over 200 Original Paintings, Watercolors, Prints, Textiles

Prints- Over 1,200 Large Format Color/Monochrome Items

Engineering Drawings & Blueprints- Approx. 1,500 Large Format Items

Scrapbooks- Collection of Photos and Clippings Related to WWII and Connecticut Aviation