Guide to the American Society of Aviation Artists Collection

American Society of Aviation Artists Collection
Wright State University, Special Collections and Archives
Phone: 937-775-2092
American Society of Aviation Artists, 1986-
Bulk dates:
1.5 linear feet
The American Society of Aviation Artists collection consists of nearly 300 separate pieces of aviation art, including posters, paintings, drawings, photographs and aviation magazine covers.The ASAA collection also includes articles, sketches, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, negatives and slides. Most of the material is about individual artists. A few materials are about ASAA events.
The records are in English

History of American Society of Aviation Artists

The American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) was founded in 1986 by five famous aviation artists: Keith Ferris, Jo Kotula, Bob McCall, R.G. Smith and Ren Wicks. The goal of the society is to promote professionalism, authenticity and quality in aviation art. The group also provides a social and learning environment for its members. Members include artists from the United States and around the world as well as art enthusiasts, students, and art-related institutions.

The society provides assistance to its members through student scholarships, educational forums, business advice, and exhibition opportunities. ASAA also publishes AeroBrush magazine for its members.

Scope and Content

The American Society of Aviation Artists Records document the art of leading aviation artists in this country and around the world. The accompanying records provide insight into the process and subjects of aviation art.

Series I: Artists

The ASAA records include individual biographical files on many aviation artists. Many files contain correspondence, subject research materials, photographs and slides of artists and their works, as well as sketches and preliminary drawings. Many of the photographs correspond to prints in Series III. The artist files are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Series II: Organizational Material

These records include ASAA event programs, logos, pamphlets, contest results and other similar items.

Series III: Art Prints

These prints represent the work of many aviation artists. An Access database at the reference desk shows what work is on loan in the Special Collections and Archives. The prints are located in oversized storage

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series:
Series I: Artists
Series II: Organizational Materials
Series III: Art Prints

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. All artists represented in this collection retain the copyright to their works. Permission from the artist must be obtained before any artwork or its likeness is reproduced.

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Related Material: Related Material

MS-295 Ann Cooper Papers

Aero Brush: the newsletter of the American Society of Aviation Artists. Speccoll N8217.A4 A32.

Subject Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Aeronautics in art
Airplanes in art--Periodicals
Artists--United States--Biography
Painting, Modern--20th century


Cooper, Ann, 1934-
Ferris, Keith


American Society of Aviation Artists

Preferred Citation

[Box #, Folder #], MS-279, American Society of Aviation Artists Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Acquisition Information

The American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) Records were given to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives by Ann Cooper, aviation author and editor of AeroBrush Magazine, the official publication of ASAA. The collection was deposited in two installments. In 1997, Mrs. Cooper's collection of aviation art prints was donated. These are on loan from ASAA and all copyrights are retained by the original artists. In November 2005, Ann Cooper donated her biographical files on many aviation artists. Some American Society of Aviation Artists records were also donated.

Other Finding Aid

A complete box and folder inventory for this collection is available on the Special Collections and Archives web site at

Please ask at reference desk to see a copy of the ASAA Art Print database.