The collection housed at the University of Georgia Libraries contains Delta’s digitized schedules, flight maps and annual reports for the past century, providing insight into the airline’s immense history.
Artifacts from Delta Air Lines storied past are now easily accessible online for everyone from frequent-flying aviation geeks to airline newbies, thanks to a partnership with the Georgia Digital Library, hosted by the Libraries of the United States. of Georgia.
Partnering with DLG signifies Delta’s commitment to partner with organizations in Delta’s home state.
The collection contains Delta’s digitized timetables, flight maps and annual reports from the past century, providing insight into the airline’s immense history.
“For nearly 100 years, Delta employees have built the world’s most award-winning airline while advancing commercial aviation to better connect the world,” said John Boatright, president of the Delta Flight Museum. “And while visiting the Delta Flight Museum is an experience like no other, the partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia means that the documents and stories from our history can now be enjoyed by educators, researchers, employees, patrons and aviation enthusiasts around the world.”
Below, take a look at five of our favorite artifacts from the new digital archive:
Delta announces air passenger service in 1929
This brochure documenting Delta’s entry into passenger service describes air travel for business people as reliable, economical and efficient. The expansion was significant for Delta, which began in 1925 as a dust collection company based in Macon, Georgia, and then Monroe, Louisiana.
Delta Air Lines timetables and fares, 1934
This brochure details flight schedules and fares for customers, with service to 10 destinations in the southern United States.
Delta Air Lines Annual Report, 1939
The oldest annual report in the collection dates from 1939, when the company was known as the Monroe-based Delta Air Corporation. Delta then moved its headquarters to Atlanta in 1941 and would officially become Delta Air Lines four years later in 1945.
Chicago and Southern Air Lines (C&S) Annual Reports
Delta Air Lines’ first international routes to the Caribbean and Venezuela originated from its first airline merger with C&S, based in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1953. The above collection contains C&S’s annual reports from 1940 to 1953 , before the merger with Delta.
Delta Air Lines Modern Timetable, 2019
The archived collection also includes modern schedules as recent as 2019. Today, nearly 5,000 Delta flights depart daily, connecting people across more than 265 destinations on six continents.
About the Delta Flight Museum
The Delta Flight Museum is a premier international destination located in the heart of Delta Air Lines World Headquarters in Atlanta, where visitors explore aviation history, celebrate Delta’s history and people, and learn about the future of theft.
Housed in Delta’s historic 1940s aircraft hangars, the nonprofit Delta Flight Museum offers an unparalleled experience for aviation enthusiasts of all ages. A fleet of rare vintage aircraft and artifacts from more than 40 Delta-related airlines enhance our interactive experiences and unique event and educational spaces. Online visit at deltamuseum.org
About the Digital Library of Georgia
The Georgia Digital Library is an award-winning initiative of GALILEO, the State of Georgia Virtual Library, housed at the University of Georgia Libraries. Along with the state’s cultural heritage organizations, DLG shares Georgia’s history online for free through its websites. The project supports its partner organizations by offering free and low-cost services. The DLG also serves as the Georgia Service Center for the Digital Public Library of America and the headquarters of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper preservation project.
Visit the DLG at dlg.usg.edu.