Conn Family Home Movies

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Scope and Content Note: 1940-1988
Biographical Note: James J. Conn, M.D. was born in Logan, Ohio. He grew up in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus OH.  Although he had 2 half-sisters from a former marriage of his father’s, he was the only child residing in his parents’ household.  He earned an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in 1938 and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1943. He served as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He worked and taught at Riverside Methodist and Ohio State University Hospitals, and was a member of several local, state, and national heart associations. He passed away in 1997 at the age of eighty. Virginia Louise 'Giny' Starbuck Conn grew up in Youngstown OH and was one of 4 children.  Only she and her sister Barbara S. Maurer (who spent her adulthood in Louisville, KY and predeceased Giny) survived to adulthood. Giny's family moved to Columbus OH at some point before she started college at OSU, where she earned her BA and BSc in education in 1938 and her MA in 1942.  She met James Conn at OSU when they were both students there. Giny passed away in 1998. In addition to family movies (early years for their 4 children and key family events like weddings, graduations), the majority of the movies James shot and produced were of their travels.  James and Ginny loved to travel and visited all 7 continents in their lifetimes.  While their children were young, they traveled as a family somewhere in the US or Canada every summer.  Every February they escaped winter in the Midwest (and their children) by traveling to a tropical location, mostly in the Caribbean in the early years.  As their children approached adulthood and left home, they took additional trips, often to distant locations throughout the world.  They frequently traveled with friends (Stines, Leaches, Nices are all names that appear in the movie-can titles).  They often combined travel for pleasure with attendance at medical conferences; in those cases they often traveled with medical colleagues.  They also combined travel to see the countryside with travel to see children when they lived in places far from Columbus (e.g., when their son was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War, they traveled to Germany with the Nices to see him and tour the country).  For some of their more remote destinations (and almost universally for international travel as they got older), they traveled with organized tour groups.  
Extent: 188  400-ft. cans of 16mm b&w and color film, and 22 200-ft. cans of 8mm b&w and color films shot around the world by Dr. James J. Conn.

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