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The Space Business & Commerce Archives

The Space Business & Commerce Archives contains more than half a million pages of reports, documents, business plans, Wall Street analyst reports, market surveys, thesis, and articles focused on the business of the space industry and the companies involved with it. According to one researcher at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum it is one, if not the, largest collection of its kind.

For more information visit: https://www.spacecommerce.org/access-archives/

Among the holdings in the archive are folders, binders, and boxes containing materials on a number of companies including

American Rocket CompanyAmerican Mobile Satellite
CCSDSComsatDARS / Satellite RadioSatellite CD Radio
DTH Satellite Television
FairchildFord Aerospace
General Electric
General Dynamics
Satellite Insurance
McDonnell Douglas / DeltaMicrogravityOrbital Sciences
Russia / USSR
Rotary Rocket ...Sea Launch
Space America
Space Services Inc.
Spectrum AstroTeledesic
Space Surveys
Remote Sensing
Space AdventuresSpaceports
SpacehabFuture Launch VehiclesAdvertising Flyers Kistler
State Govt Efforts
Conference PapersXM SatelliteWorldspace

The Archive has begun to catalog its materials. If you are performing research and need access to the archives, feel free to contact us. If you are a student and would like to volunteer, please let us know.

Recent Additions

Intelsat: As part of the company's move to a new facility at Tysons Corner, Virginia, we reviewed nearly a hundred boxes of materials and added a range of materials from the 1960s and 1970s, to the Archives. To see a list of the items, we've uploaded a PDF.

Donating Materials to our Archive

Is your company moving? Have they been acquired?
Do you have materials in your garage or attic?
Do you want to make sure there is nothing of historical value before discarding it?

An archive volunteer will go through all materials that are shipped to us to identify what is worth saving.

Once reviewed and cataloged, items will either be added to our Space Business & Commerce Archives or sent to be added to the collections at institutions such as the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, the Space & Rocket Center, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, etc.

Items deemed not of historical value might be donated to schools and educators or sold to raise money for historical activities. Items that are trash, well, end up in the trash (or recycled), but at least you'll know that someone looked at it first.

Items of Interest
  • Letters and Correspondence
  • Documents: Reports, Business Plans, Research Papers, Articles
  • Proposals (Both Funded and Those Unfunded)
  • Financial Documents: Prospectus, Analyst Reports
  • Legal Documents
  • Annual Reports
  • Marketing / Business Presentations
  • Marketing and Advertising Materials
  • Photos, Images, Videos
  • Space Program Artifacts
  • Memorabilia
  • Display Models and Artwork

If you have materials for review or need to contact us about our holdings, please send a note to archive at spacehistory101.com