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 collection consists of the following items copied from Mrs. Eleanor Relyea's album: eleven black and white 8 by 11 inch copy prints of early Air Service photography, including images of the Wright Military Flyer at Fort Myer, a portrait of Glenn Curtiss, images of air-to-air refueling, and images of General William L. "Billy" Mitchell with General Mason M. Patrick; a copy of a publication entitled "Flight in Literature" by Ernest Jones; a copy of a letter to Mrs. Relyea from General Benjamin Delahauf Foulois; and a copy of a memorandum from General Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold. There is also an original 10 by 13 inch black and white photograph of General Mitchell, signed by him to Mrs. Relyea.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Wright (Co) Type A Military (Signal Corps No. 1)
  • Aeronautics, Military

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Relyea, Eleanor


  • Mitchell, William 1879-1936
  • Arnold, Henry Harley 1886-1950
  • Foulois, Benjamin Delahauf, 1879-1967

Physical description

0.10 cubic feet (2 folders)


  • 1909
  • 1909-1940


Eleanor Relyea (d. 1951) started her employment with the U.S. War Department working as a clerk for the Signal Corps in 1905. She retired from the War Department in 1935, as a Chief Clerk of the US Army Air Corps. Mrs. Relyea compiled a photo album relating to her work with the Army Air Corps, which included photographs and letters from important aviation personalities, including General William L. "Billy" Mitchell.

Cite as

CUS Army Air Service Copy Photographs [Relyea], Acc. 2004-0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

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


  • Photographs
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  • Correspondence

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