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David McCullough Uses Legacy Library Special Collections

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough made an initial visit to the Legacy Library in September 2016 to begin research on a new book he is writing. The Pioneers will focus on the initial settlement of the Northwest Territory beginning in Marietta.

As McCullough shared with library staff, history department faculty, and senior administrators, The Pioneers will begin with Manassah Cutler's efforts to persuade the Confederation Congress to adopt the Northwest Ordinance, which established the guidelines for settlement of the new lands of the United States north and west of the Ohio River. Soon after that, Congress also approved the settlement of the Marietta area by the Ohio Company of Associates, led by Rufus Putnam.

McCullough plans to visit the Legacy Library's Special Collections several times over the next few years in order to make extensive use of our manuscript collections in his research. To be published by Simon & Schuster, The Pioneers is expected to be released in 2019.

Further information:

Photographs of McCullough's visit, September 23, 2016

MC news article about McCullough's visit, September 30, 2016

Simon & Schuster news release about The Pioneers, October 6, 2016

Newspaper article that mentions The Pioneers, February 18, 2017
Article in the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier.

CSPAN Interview that mentions The Pioneers, March 9, 2017
Robert P. Watson conversation with David McCullough about why he thinks studying history is important, what his writing process is like, and how he started writing books. He also previewed his upcoming work about the pioneers of the Northwest territory. C-Span, March 9, 2017.

CSPAN Interview discussion of The Pioneers, April 12, 2017
CSPAN Interview discussion of Marietta College Legacy Library Special Collections, April 12, 2017
David Lamb interview with David McCullough regarding his book, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, a selection of his speeches going back to 1981. C-Span, April 12, 2017.

FaceBook Live Interview that mentions The Pioneers, April 17, 2017
Simon and Schuster present David McCullough's first life streaming Facebook interview, April 17, 2017. His work on The Pioneers is mentioned at about 20:50.

Newspaper article in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, May 7, 2017

C-SPAN Interview discussion about researching The Pioneers, May 25, 2017
Interview with David McCullough conducted by Charles Gibson, former anchor for ABC Television->World News Tonight, conducted in front of a large audience at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as part of the John F. Kennedy Centennial weekend.

C-SPAN Interview discussion about the Nortwest Ordinance, September 2, 2017
Interview with David McCullough conducted by David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Carlyle Group, conducted infront of a large audience at the 2017 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Article in The Landmark, Millbury, Mass., November 01, 2017
Article in the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Mass., October 24, 2017
Articles describing a visit by Mr. McCullough to the former home of Rufus Putnam in Rutland, Mass.