Textiles, Teachers, and Troops

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 1880-1945

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5 records found searching with the keyword/s Ned Harrison Collection.

Greiss recalls his service at Basic Training Center No. 10, (BTC-10/ORD) in Greensboro during 1943. From Newark, N.J. and New York City, he was an artist and designer before the war. Greiss spent about six months in Greensboro, mainly involved in painting signs, and creating and lecturing on camouflage installations and techniques. He talks about his pre-war schooling and work with Macy's, and his post-war work in the commercial world as a designer and also as a teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Of particular interest to mid-twentieth century urban historians are his memories about his involvement with noted urban activist Jane Jacobs (a backyard neighbor, she at 555 Hudson Street and he at 741 Greenwich St.) in their successful efforts to organize against Robert Moses's plan to build an expressway across lower Manhattan.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


This folder contains a handwritten letter from Corrine Fagg to Ned Harrison about her personal experiences during World War II in Greensboro. Specifically, she tells the story of her very emotional reaction to hearing the Cone's Mill fog horn sound in the middle of the day on September 2, 1945, assuming the worst because the horn was only supposed to make noise at shift-changing time. The mill management had released the workers early to celebrate upon hearing of Japan's surrender to the Allied forces. She closes the letter by wishing that the big horn had been kept to warn people of emergencies and other important events.

Collection: Mss. Coll. 136 Ned Harrison Collection (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History--20th century; World War, 1939-1945


This folder contains a handwritten letter from John Lowe to Ned Harrison, sharing some of his personal and military experiences in 1945 and 1946. Mr. Lowe writes that he was on duty as a Hospital Adjutant at the 1000 bed ORD hospital on Sept. 2, 1945, awaiting the birth of his first child. He mentions the point system used towards dismissal from military service. He also mentions his eventual discharge, including where he worked afterwards.

Collection: Mss. Coll. 136 Ned Harrison Collection (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Cone Mills Corporation; Textile industry -- North Carolina -- Greensboro


This folder contains a typed letter from Min Klein to Ned Harrison, including a potential article to run in the newspaper regarding her and her husband's experiences during World War II Greensboro. Mrs. Klein describes the development of troop support services from a small storefront organization for the few troops in Greensboro to the building of the Overseas Replacement Depot and the Greensboro USO, and recommends visiting the then-current "Army Town: 1943-1993" exhibit by the Greensboro Historical Museum.

Collection: Mss. Coll. 136 Ned Harrison Collection (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History--20th century; World War, 1939-1945; AAF Overseas Replacement Depot and AAF Redistribution Station No. 5 (U.S.)


This scrapbook is a month by month collection of newspaper articles from 1944 collected by the Greensboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This volume thoroughly recognizes the achievements and tragedies of men and women in the service from the Greensboro-Triad region. Featured are announcements of rank, service, awards, deaths, weddings, births, victories, memorials and posthumous military awards. Greensboro residents will easily recognize many of the street address of these soldiers and their families. Of special note are articles declaring the successes of Major George Preddy (p. 164, an obituary for Preddy, killed on December 25th, 1944 is not in this volume). Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit to the Greensboro Canteen (pg. 150). A soldier’s encounter with actress Olivia De Havilland. Accomplishments of women in the service -- WAVES, WACS, Women’s Reserve, American Red Cross -- are greatly detailed. African American members of the military are among those who were profiled individually. The pages dividing the months of content from one another contain works of art from magazines or by hand in mediums like stencil or watercolor. Another article of interest details a school's scrap campaign using military ranks and promotions, with a young Chinese immigrant holding the highest rank (January 14, 1944; Page 014), the launching of the USS Greensboro (February 13, 1944; Page 036), an article talking about the ""family reunion"" of a mother and son in the service being posted close to one another (March 1944, Page 055), and a war bond advertisement honoring the first woman to die in the war, who was a native of Guilford County (Page 035).

Collection: DAR Scrapbooks Collection (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History--20th century; World War, 1939-1945


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