CBS Sunday Morning films David McCullough in the Archives

Today was another exciting day in Special Collections & Archives! Historian David McCullough and a crew from CBS Sunday Morning visited us  this morning to film portions of an interview set to air on May 3rd. The segment centers on Mr. McCullough’s forthcoming book, The Wright Brothers, which will be released May 5, 2015. Mr. McCullough visited us last year to conduct research for the book using our world-renowned Wright Brothers Collection.

L-R: Jon Carras (CBS producer), Mike Hill (Mr. McCullough's research assistant), Ed Chick (CBS sound), Lisa Rickey (archivist), Dawne Dewey (Head of Special Collections & Archives), Chris Wydman (archivist), David McCullough, John Armstrong (archivist), Rita Braver (CBS correspondent), Gino Pasi (archivist), Henry Bautista (CBS cameraman).

L-R: Jon Carras (producer), Mike Hill (Mr. McCullough’s research assistant), Ed Chick (sound), Lisa Rickey (archivist), Dawne Dewey (Head of Special Collections & Archives), Chris Wydman (archivist), David McCullough, John Armstrong (archivist), Rita Braver (correspondent), Gino Pasi (archivist), Henry Bautista (cameraman).

During today’s interview, Mr. McCullough discussed several items from our Wright Brothers Collection and the significance of the events they depict, in addition to telling stories and reading short passages from his book The Wright Brothers. He emphasized the importance of photographs as valuable (yet often overlooked) sources of information for historical research.

McCullough discusses a photo with correspondent Rita Braver. Also pictured: producer Jon Carras and cameraman Henry Bautista.

McCullough discusses a photo with correspondent Rita Braver. Also pictured: producer Jon Carras and cameraman Henry Bautista.

In addition to visiting us, CBS Sunday Morning has filmed McCullough at a number of other Wright Brothers sites in Dayton and elsewhere for this segment. While the content of the interview itself is certainly captivating, it was also fascinating to see first-hand how such a program is created. We are very much looking forward to seeing the finished production on May 3rd!

We were grateful that the CBS Sunday Morning crew was kind enough to allow us to take photographs during the process, and we hope that you enjoy this sneak peek at Mr. McCullough’s interview:

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, "sits in" for David McCullough before he arrives, during the equipment setup and testing.

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, “sits in” for David McCullough before he arrives, during the equipment setup and testing.

Archivist and amateur film-maker Gino Pasi was invited to take a peek at the CBS camera equipment

Archivist and amateur film-maker Gino Pasi was invited to take a peek at the CBS camera equipment. Producer Jon Carras (left) and archivist John Armstrong are in the foreground; in the background are Amanda Wright Lane (left) and Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives.

Our new life-size photos of Orville (left) and Wilbur Wright oversaw the proceedings. (The cutouts are from photo # ms1_23_1_22 at Bollee Gardens, 1909)

Our new life-size photos of Orville (left) and Wilbur Wright oversaw the proceedings. (The cutouts are from MS-1, photo # 23_1_22 of the Wright Brothers at Bollee Gardens, 1909.)

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, discussing with David McCullough some of the Wright materials laid out for the interview.

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, discusses with David McCullough some of the Wright materials laid out for the interview.

David McCullough, center, reviews materials, as cameraman Henry Bautista (left) and correspondent Rita Braver look on.

David McCullough, center, reviews materials, as cameraman Henry Bautista (left) and correspondent Rita Braver look on.

Watching the action unfold on the monitor.

Watching the action unfold on the monitor.

Amanda Wright Lane (left), great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers, and Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives. Amanda stopped by to say hello to Mr. McCullough and wish him well in today's interview.

Amanda Wright Lane (left), great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers, and Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives. Amanda stopped by to say hello to Mr. McCullough and wish him well in today’s interview.

Archivists Dawne Dewey and John Armstrong show David McCullough our display of the Wright Brothers' medals.

Archivists Dawne Dewey and John Armstrong show David McCullough our display of the Wright Brothers’ medals.

It really says "CBS News"! (Not that we had any doubt!)

One of the many equipment cases: it really says “CBS News”! (Not that we had any doubt!)

It was so lovely to have Mr. McCullough and the CBS crew visit us!  We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at the forthcoming CBS Sunday Morning interview and that you’ll tune in on May 3, 2015, to see the full program. We certainly will!

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Upcoming Event: Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Meeting on Apr. 6, 2015

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place this coming Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

At this month’s meeting, Dan Patterson will speak about the Lafayette Escadrille (view PDF flyer).

The meeting and presentation will take place at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.

You can view the upcoming schedule of meetings and speakers anytime at :  http://www.libraries.wright.edu/community/outofthebox/events/huffman-prairie-aviation-history-society/.

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Alice Carr, WWI Red Cross Nurse

Alice Carr in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 1924

Alice Carr in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 1924

Alice Griffith Carr was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1887, the youngest daughter of William and Mary (Ladley) Carr.  Her maternal grandfather, Rev. D. F. Ladley, was among the founders of Antioch College, and her father was the founder and proprietor of W. W. Carr Nurseries, a well-known Yellow Springs firm. (And her uncle, Oscar D. Ladley, was a Civil War soldier, whose papers we recently digitized.)

Alice graduated from Antioch in 1904, and after teaching high school in West Mansfield, Ohio, and working as a beautician in Georgia, she enrolled in the Johns Hopkins Nurses Training School in Baltimore, graduating in 1914.

Carr then joined the first contingent of American Red Cross nurses to see service in World War I.  She sailed for France in June, 1917 and was attached to a base hospital near Verdun for two years.

Alice Carr & "Up", 1918

Alice Carr & “Up”, 1918: “Me & Up, 1918. Just before we left by [Ward?] T.”

Alice’s time of service in World War I was the beginning of her long and distinguished career in nursing and public health in Europe and Asia, and except for a few brief furloughs home, she remained abroad until 1941.

Group in Warsaw, ca. 1920 (Carr in white)

Group in Warsaw, ca. 1920 (Alice Carr is in the front row, center, in her white nurse’s uniform)

In the fall of 1941, the Nazi army occupied Greece, where Carr was living at the time, and all Americans were expelled. Carr returned to New York City to be the Advisor in Public Health for the Near East Foundation.  During the closing years of World War II, she traveled widely and lectured for the Foundation before going home to Yellow Springs to retire. She died in 1968 at the age of 81.

The following photographs depicting Alice’s experiences of World War I are from the Alice Carr Papers, Box 9. Portions of the captions that are in quotation marks are taken verbatim from the back of the photograph; in some cases clarifications [in brackets] have been added:

En Route, June 1917

“En route, June 1917″

 

Sub chaser, June 1917

“Sunset and evening star. And one clear call for me. June 1917. Going over. Sub chaser – one of those which watched out for us.”

 

Long White Road to Neufchateau, Boz, 1918

“Boz, [France], 1918. The long white road up the hill to Neufchateau. How many miles & miles of men & lorries have moved up here past our hospital. Never bombed 20,000 bed hospital. Germans flew over us constantly.”

WWI Nurses in France, ca. 1917-1918

WWI Nurses in France, ca. 1917-1918

 

Base 18, Bazoilles-sur-Meuse, 1918

“Base 18, Bazoilles-sur-Meuse, France, 1918.”

Hiding Ambulances in Vassigny, 1918

“Vassigny, [France], hiding ambulance from the Boche [German soldiers], 1918.”

Bazoilles-sur-Meuse Hospital, Fall 1918

“Bazoilles-sur-Meuse. Fall 1918 about the time of the St. Mihiel drive [Battle of Saint-Mihiel, Sept. 1918]. Capacity 20,000 beds. [Seven?] base hospitals. Two were on the other side of the river and do not show in this picture. With love to all, Alice G. Carr. During flood season and drink time it was ‘Bazwilly submerged.’ Note the Red Cross train.”

82nd Div. returning, Nov. 11, 1918

“Nov. 11, 1918. 82nd Div. First troops to come back from the front. First time we had seen troops marching in this direction.”

82nd Div. returning, Nov. 11, 1918

“Fall out! Nov. 11, 1918. March 1 hr, rest 20 min. Resting. 82nd Div. coming back from the Argonne. ‘The war is over!’ “

You can learn more about Alice Carr’s life and work, including her time as a World War I nurse, in the Alice Carr Papers (click to view PDF finding aid). The above text was taken, with few changes, from the collection finding aid, originally written by Dorothy Smith, January 1984.

 

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