Historian David McCullough visits the Archives

Yesterday was an exciting day in Special Collections & Archives. We had the privilege of assisting historian, author, and lecturer David McCullough and his assistant Mike Hill with research for McCullough’s upcoming book about the Wright Brothers, Sky High, which will be released in May.

David McCullough and Dawne Dewey, 25 Sept. 2014

David McCullough and Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, 25 Sept. 2014

We’re happy to help any and all researchers, of course, but it is always an honor to assist such a well-known and well-respected one as David McCullough!

After a long day of research, Mr. McCullough graciously took time out of his busy schedule to chat with a group of our Public History graduate students in the afternoon. He shared a bit about his career path, praising archives and libraries for their help to him over the years, and answered questions from the students.

Mr. McCullough was also kind enough to pose for photos with SC&A staff members (and Orville and Wilbur) and the students.

SCA staff members with David McCullough, 25 Sept. 2014

SCA staff members with David McCullough, L-R: Toni Vanden Bos, John Armstrong, David McCullough, Dawne Dewey, Lisa Rickey, Gino Pasi, 25 Sept. 2014.

Wright State University Public History graduate students with David McCullough, 25 Sept. 2014

Wright State University Public History graduate students with David McCullough, 25 Sept. 2014

We are looking forward to checking out Sky High when it is released on May 5!

 

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Mustered Out

On September 24, 1864, Captain William Patterson was mustered out of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  This was almost two weeks earlier than the October 7, 1864, date he originally projected.  He served with 1st OVI from April 16, 1861, beginning with a three-month enlistment, until September 24, 1864 — a total of three-years and five-months of service.

William returned to the family homestead in Dayton, Ohio.  He died on December 4, 1865, of a recurrence of the diseases he contracted during the war.

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Aircraft Photo Gallery Digitization Project

One of the major collecting areas for Wright State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives is aviation history. As a result, we have acquired tens of thousands of amazing and unique aircraft photographs.

Recently, we began a long-term digital project to illustrate the breadth and variety of these photographs by sharing a sampling of them in an online Aircraft Photo Gallery on CORE Scholar.

Aircraft Photo Gallery on CORE Scholar

Aircraft Photo Gallery on CORE Scholar

While this project is still ongoing, so far over 200 photographs from the William F. Yeager Collection (MS-223) are already available online. Approximately 1,600 total photographs selected from the Yeager Collection will be included in the project. (While that may sound like a lot, it is really just a drop in the bucket: the Yeager Collection alone contains over 25,000 photographs!) Photographs will also be selected from the Walter Matthew Jefferies Aviation Collection (MS-344) and the Robert Williams Aviation Collection (MS-376) as well.

Two of our dedicated volunteers with aviation expertise, Wayne and Karen Pittman, have been working diligently since January selecting photographs to be included in this project.

Wayne and Karen Pittman selecting photographs from the Yeager Collection, June 2014

Wayne and Karen Pittman selecting photographs from the Yeager Collection, June 2014

Digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of this digital collection to CORE Scholar is being conducted by the Wright State University Libraries’ Digital Services Department.

The following 12 photos in the gallery below are just a small sampling of the more than 200 aircraft photographs already available online in CORE Scholar. Click on a thumbnail image to view it larger. To learn more about the image (including date and in some cases registration number), view it on CORE Scholar by copying and pasting the identifier number in parentheses into the CORE Scholar search box.

If you would like to receive email notifications when new materials are added to this gallery in CORE Scholar, you can create a free account on CORE Scholar, then click on the blue “follow” button near the gallery’s description.

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