Fay Gillis Wells Research Center

Our extensive genre specific library focuses on women in air and space, and includes works of fiction, biographies, autobiographies, encyclopedias and more.

The museum cares for an extensive archive collection containing thousands of women and pertains to their contributions to air and space, including the Virginia Thomas Archives Collection which alone contains hundreds of files and numerous items.

Fay Gillis Wells Research Center Hours

The Fay Gillis Wells Research Center is open by appointment only.

Research Questions

Are you working on a research project? Let us help you!

Please email your request to collections@iwasm.org and one of the team will assist you.

Please include your name, email, and phone number so that we may do follow-up communication and provide the best research assistance possible. Due to the volume of requests, please contact us at least two to three weeks prior to your deadline.

Research Requirements

All researchers are required to fill out a research form upon arrival and submit a driver's license or state I.D. to be copied for security purposes.

Research Fees

Research conducted in person is always free and there is nominal fee for copies or reproductions. If you wish to have IWASM assist in your research, the first hour is always free.

However, research and use of our historical collections have an affect on preservation. So, we developed a comprehensive research and reproduction fee structure. Email the museum for more information at collections@iwasm.org.

IWASM Remembers Dorothy Ebersbach

In 2012 the Trustees of the Dorothy E. Ebersbach Estate, Gayla Russell and Thomas Foster Aldridge, donated a gift of $100,000 to The International Women’s Air & Space Museum in memory of Dorothy E. Ebersbach, a woman of great spirit and compassion. Dorothy was not only a pilot, but a nurse and former WASP. We are truly grateful to the trustees of the Ebersbach estate and honor the memory of Dorothy Ebersbach.