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Sunrise Brisbane Airport Emirates 777-300Harold McMillan Bixby (1890-1965) was a midwestern businessman who led an incredible career that encompassed remarkable milestones in air travel from Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight in 1927, to Pan American Airways’ transpacific air service in the 1930s. Much of Bixby’s early work with Pan American was conducted in China and East Asia. Harold Bixby’s family preserved a collection of over 600 personal letters and documents and 500 photographs from Bixby’s life and career.

Since acquiring the collection in 2019, SFO Museum staff have been working to research, preserve and catalog its rare and unique items. Now, for the first time, original letters and photographs from the Harold Bixby Collection will be on view in a pair of exhibitions that give visitors a behind the scenes look at how archival collections are preserved.

Visit https://www.sfomuseum.org/exhibitions/harold-bixby-collection for more information about the exhibition.


Unlocking and Archival Treasure: The Harold Bixby Collection is located pre-security in the Aviation Museum and Library in the International Terminal of San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from September 16, 2023 – September 22, 2024. There is no charge to view the exhibition.