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Finding NASA & NACA Reports

Searching for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Reports

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) - providing access to NASA's technology, research, and science

Aerospace Database - Includes coverage of reports issued by NASA, other U.S. government agencies, international institutions, universities and private firms [UT students, staff and faculty].

Locating NASA Reports in the Library

The Engineering Library has a large collection of NASA reports in print and microfiche; if you don't see the report you need listed in the catalog, you should check the microfiche collection. But first check the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) - over 300,000 full-text items are available in PDF format.

Online via NTRS
In Print
Technical Report (TR) R-1 (1959) R-475 (1977)
TL 521 A335
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)
Technical Notes (TN)

D-1 (1959) to D-8529 (1977)
TL 521 A333 
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)

Technical Memorandum (TM)

X-23 (1959) to 108574
TL 521 A331
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)

Previous Title:
NASA memorandum (1958-1959)
629.13072 UN3M
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Contractor Report (CR)

** No. 2 to No. 182126
TL 521 A33
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Technical Translation (TT)

TL 521 A338
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)
[Incomplete see Catalog and **Additional records]

Previous Title:
NASA republication.
TL 521 A336
Library Storage (Engineering Library)


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Special Publication (SP)

SP-1 (1967) to SP-9000
TL 521 A337
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Conference Publication (CP) Various call numbers
Search the Catalog by Title and type nasa conference publication [report number]


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Reference Publication (RP)

1001 (1979) to 1372
TL 787 U5494
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)


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Technical Paper (TP) ** 1001 (1977) to 3347 (1993)
TL 787 N3839
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)


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NASA - CASE (search NTRS and limit to patent under document type)


USDOC number:
NAS 1.71:

Tech Briefs

T 1 N3855 v.1 to v.37
PCL Stacks or Library Storage (Engineering Collection)

Previous Title:
NASA Tech Brief
TL 521 A334 no. 63 to no. 78
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)

Aeronautics and Space Report of the President Full-text 1958-present

TL 789.8 U5 A58 1971-2001
Library Storage (Engineering Collection)
**Some NASA reports are held at other UT libraries and may be cataloged by title.

Technical Memorandum (TM) - Scientific and technical findings that are preliminary or of specialized interest, e.g., quick release reports, working papers and bibliographies that contain minimal annotation. Does not contain extensive analysis.

Contractor Report (CR) - Scientific and technical findings by NASA-sponsored contractors and grantees.

Conference Publications (CP) - Collected papers from scientific and technical conferences, symposia, seminars or other meetings sponsored or cosponsored by NASA.

Special Publication (SP) - Scientific, technical or historical information from NASA programs, projects and missions, often concerned with subjects having substantial public interest.

Technical Translation (TT) - English-language translations of foreign scientific and technical material pertinent to NASA's mission.

Aeronautics and Space Report of the President - The annual "President's Report" is a good summary of the Government's aerospace activities each year. Mandated by law, it contains information on aerospace activities conducted by 14 Federal departments and agencies, as well as appendices containing useful historical data on spacecraft launches and budget figures.

Locating NACA Reports

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was created in 1915 and was renamed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958.

MAGiC NACA Archive - This is the UK archive of digitised NACA Reports maintained by the AERADE team.

NACA collection - via NASA Technical Reports Server

  • Aircraft Circulars (AC) - Reprints of articles giving specifications of individual aircraft, often from other countries.
  • Annual Reports (AR) - Contain NACA’s Annual Report to Congress as well as Technical Reports produced in that year.
  • Control Reports (CR)
  • Technical Memorandum (TM) - Reprinted reports from other laboratories, often translations from foreign languages.
  • Technical Notes (TN) - Report partial results or material of narrower interest. Selected information from these reports was often analyzed and refined for later publication in the more formal Technical Report series.
  • Reports (TR) - Also called NACA Technical Reports (TR). Usually the final report on a project, summarizing earlier interim reports.
  • Research Memorandum (RM) - Less formal reports issued to meet the need for rapid dissemination of aeronautical information.
  • Wartime Reports (WR) - Published after World War II to make more widely available wartime research that had been previously issued in restricted series.

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