New WWI Photos Online from Fred Marshall Papers

New World War I photographs are being added to our digital collections on CORE Scholar. The first batch of WWI photographs from the Fred Marshall Papers (MS-53) are now online. Among the subjects of this first batch of 27 items are several photos of Marshall, the U.S. Signal Corps Photo Detachment (of which Marshall was a member), and the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris in June 1918.

View of the victory celebration on Bastille Day in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, June 14, 1918. The image was taken from the roof of the Hotel Crillon. (photo ms53_10_01_010)

View of the victory celebration on Bastille Day in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, June 14, 1918. The image was taken from the roof of the Hotel Crillon. (photo ms53_10_01_010)

Fred Marshall holding a camera out the window of a train car, ca. 1914-1918 (photo ms53_10_02_002)

Fred Marshall holding a camera out the window of a train car, ca. 1914-1918 (photo ms53_10_02_002)

Fred F. Marshall (1891-1972) was an engineer, aviation journalist, photographer, environmentalist, and local historian. Marshall was attached to the Signal Corps in World War I; he then returned to Dayton to work at McCook Field where he was editor of the aviation journal, Slipstream. Retiring in 1955 after working for several engineering and aircraft firms, Marshall devoted his time to writing articles dealing with the history of the Yellow Springs, Clifton, and Cedarville areas of Greene County.

The Fred Marshall Papers (MS-53) include drafts and finalized copies of original stories, newspaper clippings, correspondence, certificates, awards, scrapbooks, as well as a large number of photographs both personal and related to military life in World War I.

Additional photographs and other materials from the Fred Marshall Papers are still in the process of being prepared for addition to CORE Scholar, so don’t forget to check back. Or, create a free account in CORE Scholar, and then click the blue “Follow” button beneath the description on the Fred Marshall gallery to receive email updates when new materials are added. (You can also follow other collections as well, if you wish, and we hope you will!)

With the centennial of World War I, or “The Great War,” as it was then known, happening now, we have selected several of our WWI-related collections for digitization. Others of our WWI collections now available in CORE Scholar include:

These digital projects are a collaborative effort between the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the University Libraries’ Digital Services Department, which provided the digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of digital content to CORE Scholar.

Please visit the Special Collections & Archives’ CORE Scholar page to browse additional digital collections. Don’t forget to check out the University Archives’ CORE Scholar page as well.

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Are You Running the Race to Dayton’s Amazing Aviation Places?

During my shift in the reading room yesterday, I stood up to greet a mother, an exchange student, and two young children who had come to get their Wilbear passport stamps. They were on the Wilbear Wright Race to Dayton’s Amazing Aviation Places. Special Collections & Archives at Wright State is one of the 14 amazing aviation sites on the races’ path. We love to see visitors “fly in” with their passports. While we aren’t a museum, we have history that you just can’t see anywhere else. The little boy couldn’t believe we had the Wright brothers’ report cards…until he saw one in the case. It really is fun to look at how someone else did in school, especially when you realize even geniuses like Wil and Orv weren’t perfect students.

The little girl seemed especially interested in the Dayton Homecoming Celebration program from June 17-18, 1909. The program lists the schedule of events during the big welcome home party that Dayton threw for the brothers after their successful demonstration flights in Europe. The two day party included parades, fireworks, and a ceremony where the brothers were awarded the City of Dayton medals, State of Ohio medals, and Congressional Gold medals. Those medals, along with several others, are on display in the reading room. As the little girl was looking at the medals, she asked why there is only one of some of the medals and two of others. I explained that Wilbur died at a much younger age than Orville. The single medals were awarded to Orville after Wilbur’s death in 1912. In my mind, I was impressed how observant the little girl was, and smiled a bit at how she seemed a little miffed that one of the brothers would be left out of getting a medal. I think Wil and Orv were smiling in that room, too.

I hope the family comes back to discover more of what is here. I made sure the kids know they are welcome any time to look at all kinds of aviation and local history. We’d be happy to help them explore a topic for a school paper, get them started researching family history, or learn more about what an archives is. Their bright eyes and interest inspired me to write this post and remind all of you that you are always welcome.  The more engaged we are, the more vibrant our history is.WILBEAR-CUTOUT-FEB-2011-285-px-wide

P.S. If you want to join in the race, you can find out more about how to get started with a passport at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park website . It is a wonderful activity to do with kids of all ages, and the added reward at the end is your very own Wilbear Wright!

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Photograph inspires one of our Archivists to make Film

It was just one of thousands of photographs that Gino Pasi processes in his job as archivist and collections manager here at Special Collections and Archives. But this photograph — that of a beautiful young woman taken in the 1940s — was special.

And for Pasi — a filmmaker whose creative juices are always flowing — it was a movie. So he turned it into one.

Pasi has written, directed, and produced “The Archivist,” a short film about a young curator whose obsession with a photo leads him to the woman who was photographed and changes both of their lives in the process.

Read the full story at the WSU News Room.

In the interest of privacy, Gino has requested that the specific photograph that inspired his movie not be included in the article. Always thinking like an archivist!

Way to go, Gino! We are looking forward to seeing your film!

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