Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This scrapbook chronicles Ruth Law's life in 1916-1918, covering mostly her aviation career but also incorporating other aspects of her life. The scrapbook contains the following types of material: photographs; newspaper clippings; correspondence; magazine articles; programs; and ribbons, including a first place ribbon won by her dog at a dog show. Six envelopes of loose photographs were integrated with the collection on 1/30/98. These envelopes contained images of Ruth Law in all stages of her life, both in aerial and studio views, as well as images of her contemporaries in aviation and of various World War I era aircraft.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics--Exhibitions
  • Women in aeronautics

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Law, Ruth


  • Law, Ruth
  • Ruth Law Flying Circus

Physical description

1.00 cubic feet (1 flatbox)


  • 1916
  • 1916-1918


Ruth Law (1891-1970) was the first woman to loop the loop, the first person to fly a plane at night and a one-time holder of the Chicago - New York aerial speed record. After World War I, Law was active in the 'Ruth Law Flying Circus,' a three-plane troupe that traveled to state and county fairs. Her husband, Charles Oliver, persuaded her to retire from flying to 'home and hearth' in 1922.

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Scrapbooks
  • Collection descriptions
  • Records
  • Photographs
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Publications

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