In 1908, pioneer and adventurer Mrs. Bayard Wootten of New Bern and Chapel Hill became the first photographer in the state to take pictures from an airplane. She also became the first female commissioned officer in the N.C. National Guard at Camp Glenn in 1910. Her pictures of the deterioration of Camp Bragg near Fayetteville led to its rebuilding and the establishment of Fort Bragg. Mrs. Wootten started her artistic photography in the 1920s photographing of the women attending the Penland School of Crafts, which her cousin had founded. Her photographs were the main features in books, magazines and murals for public buildings. Before her death in 1959 at the age of 83, Mrs. Wootten had taken well over half a million photographs, however only 100,000 negatives and prints survived a studio fire, and are now kept in the North Carolina Collection at UNC Chapel Hill.