Clash of Cultures in the 1910s and 1920s

The roaring twenties. The popular stereotype of this crucial decade largely obscures its greater cultural and historical significance. From a cultural and historical perspective, the 1910s and 1920s were marked by a deep clash of cultures

Colonel Tahlman Krumm Papers

Colonel Tahlman Krumm

Born on January 8, 1912, Colonel Tahlman Krumm, Sr. was schooled at East High School in Columbus, Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at Ohio State University in 1934. Through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, he was also commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

In 1940, as the potential increased for U.S. involvement in World War II, Krumm was summoned to active duty and he remained on that status until 1945. His first assignment was to help design and build an airfield for the Army Air Corps in Antigua, an island in the Caribbean.

CT-26 Action Reports from Iwo Jima

The Action Reports of Regimental Combat Team 26 detail the troop movements, battle experiences, and day-by-day activities of the 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, on Iwo Jima.

Excerpts from the Pittsburgh Survey

In the early twentieth century Pittsburgh was America's prototypical industrial city. Immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe poured in seeking jobs and escape from poverty. Large corporations such as U.S. Steel dominated local governments. Life for most Pittsburgh citizens included long hours, short pay, and smog. Progressives and urban reformers viewed with alarm working-class and immigrant life, corporate industrialism, and the effects of industrialization on the urban environment.

Ghosts of the Garden

The December 1908 Six-Day bicycle race at Madison Square Garden was a spectacular show. The New York Times announced that promoters collected over $100,000 worth of revenue, as fans clamored to see riders from all over the Western World. Famed American rider Floyd MacFarland and German rider Walter Rutt won the race. Tickets likely ranged from $.50 to $2 and, at Madison Square Garden, the race would attract both a working and middle class audience.

Harold Montgomery World War II Photo Album

Harold Montgomery was a African American Battalion Headquarters File Clerk with the 1873 Engineer Aviation Battalion on Ie Shima. He wrote, "I was a member of the 1873rd Aviation Engineers stationed on Ie Shima at the time of the history making event".  The 1873rd Engineer’s Aviation Battalion constructed the air strip on Ie Shima during World War II. His photo album serves as important documentation of that time period. (Download pdf



Heartland Valor: An Ohio Soldier’s Heroism in the Pacific

W. Wallace Stover was born on February 20, 1917, in Columbus, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, where he played football, and was enrolled in the Army ROTC program. Upon commissioning he served in the 37th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater of WWII. One battle in which he took part was that of Bougainville Island, where his actions earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, a recognition second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor.

After he retired from his military duties, Stover became a faculty member and counselor at his alma mater. A conference room on campus is named after him.

He passed away on December 26, 2003.