April has been another busy month in Special Collections & Archives! Here is some of what has happened:
April 7: We announced that, as part of our World War I commemoration efforts, we are actively seeking new donations of World War I manuscript materials, to improve the representation of WWI in our collections.
April 7 was also the first Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society meeting of the year after the winter hiatus. Steve Frey showed and discussed the film “North American, Inc., presents: Air Force 001,” a documentary by North American of the first four test flights of the XB-70A, tail number 20001.
April 17: We bid farewell to Isra, the 4Paws4Ability pup that our grad student Karis had been helping to train this semester.
April 23: We announced a partnership with the Funk Hall of Fame and Museum to preserve historic materials documenting the rich legacy of not only Dayton’s funk music, but also funk music worldwide.
A few days later (April 25), Gino Pasi also discussed this partnership as part of a panel called “Don’t Knock the Rock” at the Midwest Archives Conference annual meeting (view MAC’s “Don’t Knock the Rock” session materials, including PowerPoint and audio, online).
Also on April 25, we announced the availability of new digital collections online, including the Ladley and Overholser Civil War materials, Coombs WWI diaries, Wright patent trial transcripts, and The Guardian student newspaper.
April 26: Archivist Toni Vanden Bos spoke to the group at the Inland Children’s Chorus Annual Luncheon. For the past several years, chorus alumni have gathered annually to share memories and enjoy memorabilia. Often, those papers and memorabilia make their way into our Inland Children’s Chorus Collection (MS-432).
Meanwhile, also on April 26: Public History students Adam Becker and Jordan Countryman completed the installation of a centennial exhibit for the Engineers Club of Dayton, after months of hard work on it.
April 28: We acknowledged the centennial of the Wright family home at Hawthorn Hill, which they moved into on April 28, 1914. (Watch for an exhibit about Hawthorn Hill to be installed on the first floor of Dunbar Library later this year!)
In other April exhibit news:
- We selected & exhibited more than 40 original photographs of the 1974 Xenia tornado from the Dayton Daily News Archive in the reading room in remembrance of the tornado’s 40th anniversary on April 3rd. (We also commemorated the Xenia tornado anniversary by remembering WSU’s role in the relief efforts.)
- Gino Pasi created and installed an exhibit on Frank Sinatra’s Dayton Connection.
- We acknowledged Virginia Hess for the lovely sculpture she did of Charles Taylor.
- We displayed the Public History Symposium posters on fourth floor of Dunbar Library.
The Public History students in the Advanced Archives class (the “processing class”) have been hard at work on their collections all semester, but especially so this month since projects were due at the end of April. Processed collections included the Dayton Women’s Health Center Records (MS-479) and Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Club Records (MS-480), among others. (We will list them all in a future post once the finding aids are online, so stay tuned!)
Towards the end of the month, we purchased new preservation equipment, including an additional freezer for cold storage of archival materials, as well as a MEASUREpHASE book measuring device to help with making custom boxes.
Dawne Dewey and John Armstrong also both gave presentations to local organizations about the Archives during the month of April.
What a month! Looking forward to seeing what May has in store!