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April 13, 2022

The Fargo Air Museum and NDSU Archives are beginning an archives partnership that will allow the museum’s collection of photographs and paper documents to be preserved and shared with the community. The items will be available for students, researchers, and the general public to view, learn from, and enjoy.

Staff from the Fargo Air Museum and NDSU Libraries gathered on April 8, 2022, to sign their partnership agreement at the Fargo Air Museum (right).

"We are very excited to partner with the Fargo Air Museum,” said Hallie Pritchett, Interim Dean of Libraries (pictured far right). “Their photographs and documents are fascinating, and we are happy to help preserve and share the history of aviation in North Dakota and the Midwest by making the collection available to the community.”

Max Sabin, Fargo Air Museum Collections Manager (far left), said, “As an NDSU history graduate, I am beyond excited to see my alma mater and the Fargo Air Museum join in partnership to not only preserve an extensive rare photo archive and unique document collection but to see it shared with the public as well. Many of these photos and documents have never been seen before on a large scale. Through NDSU we hope students, researchers, and the general public can learn more about aviation history in North Dakota and the Midwest as a whole.”

The Fargo Air Museum was founded with the nonprofit mission of promoting aviation through education, preservation, and restoration. Located on 19th Avenue North just east of Interstate-29, the Fargo Air Museum is home to aircraft of all eras.

"We are honored and thrilled to be partnering with NDSU on this great program to archive and digitize the Fargo Air Museum's photos and documents for all to see,” said Ryan Thayer, Fargo Air Museum Executive Director (middle left). “We strive to provide local history to our community and this is an amazing way to share more of what the museum has to offer."

Other large contributors in this partnership are NDSU Libraries employees Matt Tallant, Processing Archivist (middle) and John Hallberg, Lead Archives Associate (middle right).

This story was also featured on WDAY and InForum.