In Phase II of the Cantigny First Division Oral History Project, twenty-two videotaped oral history interviews preserve the memories of soldiers and guardsmen serving with the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division from 1944 to 2009. These veterans and active duty personnel live in Ohio and West Virginia. This project received generous financial and administrative support from the McCormick Foundation and the Cantigny First Division Foundation.
The interviews were conducted and transcribed by Ohio University history students Gerald Goodwin, Seth Givens, Joseph DeRubertis, and Daniel Balmert under the supervision of Manuscript Curator Douglas McCabe and Professor David Ulbrich. WOUB-TV videotaped the interviews, and Ohio University Libraries made the videos available on the Web.
Professor Michael Doyle of Ball State University's History Department helped train the student interviewers, and John Straw and Maren Read of Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections provided advice and assistance throughout the project.
Copies of the interviews and transcripts are available at the Robert R. McCormick Research Center at the First Division Museum in Wheaton, Illinois, and at Ohio University Libraries' Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.
Phase I of the Cantigny Oral History Project was lead by Ball State University and can be viewed in the Digital Media Repository of Ball State University Libraries.
Banner graphic designed by Young-woo Nam, Graphics Designer, Ball State University.
Pre-service teachers enrolled in Sarah Drake Brown's history/social science content teaching methods course during the Fall 2009 semester at Ball State University created research kits that implement a systematic approach to engage high school students in historical thinking and to increase their knowledge about the past. These research kits include an examination of two of the interviews in this collection, Colonel Roy Bourne and Captain Daniel Eakins. The students' work is presented here with permission.
For more information on the pedagogy of the assignment, read Dr. Drake Brown's Overview.