Here is an update on our March activities here in Special Collections & Archives, in addition to our usual ongoing activities (reference, records management, collection development and manuscripts processing, digital initiatives, preservation, etc.):
March 7 – University Archivist Chris Wydman and other SC&A staff hosted two sessions/tours in the Archives for Wright State University’s Staff Development Day. Per the Staff Development Day theme of “Getting to Know WSU,” the sessions focused on the history of the university. The sessions went very well and were well-attended.
March 14 was the annual Wright State University Public History Symposium. This year’s theme was “Wright in Your Own Backyard.” This is a proud day for the Public History students, who organize the event and whose research comprise the majority of the sessions. It is an exciting day for us in the Archives as well, since most of the Archives staff teach in the Public History program, and we are so proud of our students, their hard work, and their interesting and inspiring projects!
We were also excited to hear the Public History Symposium’s keynote address, given by George Willeman, a WSU alum and Library of Congress Nitrate Film Vault manager. Prior to the Symposium (on March 13), Willeman was kind enough to meet with Public History students for a roundtable discussion, as well as to take a tour of the Archives and give us some advice about some of our film collections.
March 17 – State Rep. Rick Perales visited campus to have a discussion with some of our Public History students on topics such as how to bring history into the K-12 classroom in new and interesting ways.
March 19-24 – Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, traveled to California to attend the National Council on Public History’s annual conference. While in California, Dawne also visited with one of our donors.
March 20 – Archivist John Armstrong gave a session on “Aviation in the Wright Brothers’ Era” as part of the Wright State University Honors Institute.
March 21 – We congratulated one of our student workers (and Public History graduate student) Adam Becker on receiving a University Libraries’ Library Student Assistant Award. Adam was submitted for the award by archivists Chris Wydman and Gino Pasi. In addition to bragging rights (or should we say #braggingWrights?), the award includes a cash prize. (Another of our student workers, Victoria Penno, received one of these awards in November.)
March 22 – Archivist Gino Pasi gave presentation to a Mensa group. Having been told that the group appreciates a touch of comedy, Gino gave them a humorous look into how he got into the field of history, as well as what we do in Special Collections & Archives.
March 26 – The College of Liberal Arts sent a film crew to capture some footage for a forthcoming video for the History Department’s web site. A few of us, including Dawne Dewey, Lisa Rickey, and some of the Public History students were included in some of the filming. We’re looking forward to seeing the finished video!
Those were some of the highlights of March! We look forward to finding out what April holds!