Specialized Training

During the war, the U.S. Signal Corps School of Photography opened units in Kent and Havemeyer Halls on the Morningside campus, where professional photographers and film artists documented the country’s participation in the fighting and produced public relations materials  to boost public support for the soldiers in Europe.

In Earl Hall, the Air Service Radio School taught military personnel to maintain the wireless communication systems used in airplanes. The School located three Curtiss fighter planes, minus their motors behind Schermerhorn Hall to help train its students. A plaque commemorating the graduates of the school is located on the wall overlooking the staircase inside Earl Hall, between the first and second floors.

Students training with a dummy airplane on campus
Students training with a dummy airplane on campus
Courtesy of Columbia University Archives.