Friday, September 6, 2013

CGCC's Williams Air Force Base collection being digitized by Chandler Museum

A WWII Army Air Corp recruiting video titled Winning Your Wings starring Lieutenant Jimmy Stewart and produced in cooperation with Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. was recently digitized and made available to the public by the Chandler Museum.

The video is one of numerous items Chandler-Gilbert Community College loaned to the museum to digitize and make more widely accessible.

"Chandler-Gilbert Community College's collection of Williams Air Force Base memorabilia is the largest private collection we've digitized so far," said Nate Meyers, curator of collections at the Chandler Museum. "Digitizing the materials allows wider access to them by the public, researchers, historians and those who lived and worked on the base. It also allows us to make connections to other available materials and develop a broader picture to the life and times at Willie."

The collection, which fills two large filing cabinets, includes yearbooks, photos, news articles, correspondence, WAFB publications and postcards among other items. The museum has digitized only a portion of the collection and is continuing to work on it. Some of the pieces are on display in Bluford Hall on the Williams Campus of the college located near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Or you can go to ChandlerPedia and view the digitized collection to date.

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