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United States. Army Air Corps. U.S.A. School of Aerial Photography


The U.S.A. Aerial Photography School was a joint venture between the United States Army Signal Corps and the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York. The creation of the school was part of a larger push by the military to expand the use of photography in wartime. In early 1918, a land photography school was founded at Columbia University, and this was shortly followed by the founding of the aerial school in Rochester. The U.S. Signal Corps operated the schools because army aviation fell under their purview until May of 1918, when the aviation wing of the Signal Corps split away and became the Army Air Service.

Further reading:

Raines, Rebecca Robbins. Getting the Message Through: A Branch History of the U. S. Army Signal Corps. Washington, D.C.: Center for Military History, 1996. Available online at:

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Herman Butler Collection

Identifier: 1985-12-27-A
Abstract Herman Butler, originally of Belleville, Washington, served as a pilot during World War I and after with the U.S.A. School of Aerial Photography at Langley Field. The collection contains materials relating to the Butler's wartime and postwar service.

Colin Hunter Collection of U.S.A. Aerial Photography School Photograph Albums

Identifier: 2005-06-08
Abstract The collection contains visual materials relating primarily to the U.S.A. Aerial Photography School in Rochester, New York during World War I.

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