South Australian Aviation Museum
Some of the library book collection

SAAM Library
SAAM members and bona fide researchers can access the archival & reference collections.
Phone: (08) 82401230 or email:
to arrange a visit. For information on SAAM membership, click here.
Books Books & DVDs
documents Historic Documents
logbook Log Books
photos Photos
manuals Technical Manuals

The SAAM Library Collection contains:
  • Ansett Transport Industries Ltd Annual Reports: 1958–1979.
  • Aviation books: approximately 3,500
  • Aviation magazines: approximately 63 publications
    (including Aircraft 1922–2004, The Aeroplane 1936–1964)
  • Aviation newspaper clippings: 1946–1975 and from 2005 to date
  • Aviators' Log Books: a collection of more than 30
  • DVDs and VHS Tapes: approximately 700 in total
  • Erich Sommer Collection (ex-Luftwaffe): memorabilia and correspondence
  • Memorabilia: eight four-drawer filing cabinets of civil and military aviation
  • Oral history interviews: tapes and CDs
  • Photographic collection (civil and military): transparencies, prints, negatives and digital photographs – approximately 120,000 (and growing).
  • Raymond Deane OAM: aviation newspaper collection 1929–1938
  • Roy Gropler Collection: memorabilia, photographs and pilot log book
  • Royal Aero Club of South Australia: Minute Books 1926–1980
  • Technical handbooks: approximately 1,000 on subjects such as air frames, engines, operations manuals, etc.

SAAM is willing to accept donations of South Australia Aviation related objects, memorabilia, documents and photos, subject to approval from the Librarian or Collection Manager. Conditions apply so please phone or email us for more information.