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 Bibliography of Aeronautics by Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences 

While searching for historical literature bibliographies are a great help. One very useful compilation about the aviation literature until the end of World War II provides the "Index of Aeronautics", which was published as "Bibliography of Aeronautics" by the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences from the United States under the U.S. Works Progress Administration. In more than 50 separate volumes all international publications have been detected at different topics of aviation; in particular this includes publications and essays by German and European authors. All volumes and the associated expansion volumes (Supplement) can be downloaded as .pdf document, for free.

Alphabetical List of Aeronautical Bibliographies
Index, .pdf document, 54 pages, 7 MB
   
       
Air Transportation
Part 1, .pdf document, 266 pages, 36 MB
.pdf document
Air Transportation (Supplement)
Part 1, .pdf document, 137 pages, 19 MB
       
Meteorology
Part 2, .pdf document, 645 pages, 89 MB
   
       
Insurance
Part 3, .pdf document, 159 pages, 51 MB
.pdf document
Insurance (Supplement)
Part 3, .pdf document, 21 pages, 3 MB
       
Dynamics of the Airplane
Part 4, .pdf document, 123 pages, 12 MB
.pdf document
Dynamics of the Airplane (Supplement)
Part 4, .pdf document, 65 pages, 3 MB
       
Seaplanes, Flying Boats, Amphibians
Part 5+6+7, .pdf document, 207 pages, 28 MB
.pdf document
Seaplanes, Flying Boats, Amphibians (Supplement)
Part 5+6+7, .pdf document, 47 pages, 7 MB
       
Autogiros, Helicopters,
Cyclogiros and Gyroplanes

Part 8+9+10, .pdf document, 92 pages, 12 MB
.pdf document
Autogiros, Helicopters,
Cyclogiros and Gyroplanes (Supplement)

Part 8+9+10, .pdf document, 33 pages, 4 MB
       
Medicine
Part 11, .pdf document, 117 pages, 15 MB
.pdf document
Medicine (Supplement)
Part 11, .pdf document, 99 pages, 14 MB
       
Landing Gears
Part 12, .pdf document, 68 pages, 9 MB
   
       
Refueling in Flight, Tailless Airplanes,
Airplane Catapults, Airplane Carriers

Part 13+14+15+16, .pdf document, 38 pages, 15 MB
.pdf document
Landing Gears, Refueling in Flight, Tailless Airplanes,
Airplane Catapults, Airplane Carriers (Supplement)

Part 12+13+14+15+16, .pdf document, 37 pages, 5 MB
       
Diesel Aircraft Engines
Part 17, .pdf document, 74 pages, 8 MB
.pdf document
Diesel Aircraft Engines (Supplement)
Part 17, .pdf document, 55 pages, 8 MB
       
Laws and Regulations
Part 18, .pdf document, 68 pages, 10 MB
.pdf document
Control Surfaces, Slots and Flaps
Part 19+20, .pdf document, 108 pages, 16 MB
       
Blind Flight, Automatic Pilot, Ice Formation
Part 21, .pdf document, 50 pages, 6 MB
.pdf document
Blind Flight, Automatic Pilot, Ice Formation (Supplement)
Part 21, .pdf document, 47 pages, 6 MB
       
Radio
Part 22, .pdf document, 118 pages, 16 MB
.pdf document
Airships
Part 23, .pdf document, 404 pages, 58 MB
       
Air Mail
Part 24, .pdf document, 151 pages, 21 MB
.pdf document
Air Mail (Supplement)
Part 24, .pdf document, 40 pages, 5 MB
       
Air Navigation and Flight Instruments
Part 25+26, .pdf document, 156 pages, 30 MB
.pdf document
Aircraft Propellers
Part 27, .pdf document, 162 pages, 26 MB
       
Fuels (Supplement)
Part 28, .pdf document, 167 pages, 19 MB
.pdf document
Lubricants (Supplement)
Part 29, .pdf document, 53 pages, 22 MB
       
Aerial Photography
Part 30, .pdf document, 210 pages, 24 MB
.pdf document
Metal Construction of Aircraft
Part 31, .pdf document, 70 pages, 10 MB
       
Engines, Volume I
Part 32, .pdf document, 437 pages, 51 MB
.pdf document
Engines, Volume II
Part 33, .pdf document, 233 pages, 28 MB
       
Engines by Manufacturer
Part 34, .pdf document, 287 pages, 31 MB
.pdf document
Engine Parts and Accessories, Engine Instruments
Part 35+36, .pdf document, 236 pages, 34 MB
       
Airports
Part 37, .pdf document, 247 pages, 35 MB
.pdf document
Skin Friction and Boundary Flow
Part 38, .pdf document, 98 pages, 36 MB
       
Stress Analysis
Part 39, .pdf document, 226 pages, 72 MB
.pdf document
Helium
Part 40, .pdf document, 48 pages, 7 MB
       
Comfort in Aircraft
Part 41, .pdf document, 64 pages, 27 MB
.pdf document
Plastic Materials, Metals and Light Alloys
Part 42+43, .pdf document, 216 pages, 99 MB
       
Airways
Part 44, .pdf document, 72 pages, 12 MB
.pdf document
Wind Tunnels and Laboratories
Part 45, .pdf document, 123 pages, 16 MB
       
Gliding and Soaring
Part 46, .pdf document, 139 pages, 20 MB
.pdf document
Women in Aeronautics
Part 47, .pdf document, 35 pages, 4 MB
       
Parachutes
Part 48, .pdf document, 70 pages, 10 MB
   
       
Parachutes, Rocket Propulsion,
Stratospheric Flight (Supplement)

Part 48+49+50, .pdf document, 51 pages, 7 MB
   

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