Wright State University will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year in 2017. From its beginnings as a branch campus of Ohio State University and Miami University, Wright State has grown to encompass all of the Dayton and Lake Campuses as you see them today. For 44 of those 50 years, the library, constructed in 1973 and dedicated as Paul Laurence Dunbar Library in 1992, has served the information needs of the students, faculty and staff of Wright State University. With so much to celebrate, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the University Libraries’ staff who are supporting the anniversary planning efforts:
- Chris Wydman, University Records Manager and Archivist, Special Collections & Archives department, serves on the anniversary planning committee;
- Andrew Harris, Metadata Librarian, Digital Services department has been hard at work creating this interactive timeline of Wright State history;
- Special Collections & Archives and Digital Services are hosting the Wright State historic photo gallery in CORE Scholar, Wright State’s institutional repository;
- Compare archival photos with modern day equivalents in the “Then and Now” photograph exhibit, located on the WSU 50th Anniversary Website.
Follow the Special Collections & Archives’ Out of the Box blog for updates and more Wright State history throughout the year.
Above: Wright State students demonstrate in the 1960s. Check out more Wright State historic photos in our gallery in CORE Scholar. Explore more University Archives materials in CORE Scholar.
Visit the 50th Anniversary website for more info about campus-wide efforts. The official anniversary date, 10/1/17, coincides with homecoming weekend. There will be special events, activities and reunions throughout homecoming weekend, including an “all class reunion” keynote. Sign up for email updates to learn about events throughout the year.
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