New and Updated Collections Available for Research

We have new manuscript collections available for research!  Click on the links to view the complete online (PDF) finding aids.

The following new collections were recently arranged and described and are now available for research:

  • Lovetta R. Blanke Collection (MS-472)
  • Wayne Pittman Aviation Postcard Collection (MS-487)
  • H. Allen Sullivan Air Force Aviation Scrapbook (MS-488)
  • Homer and Elsie Hardy Collection (MS-489)
  • Ivan & the Sabers / The Lemon Piper Collection (MS-490)
  • Army Air Corps Recruitment Booklets (SC-294)

Additional materials were recently processed into the following existing collections, so you might want to take another look at them:

  • Sertoma Club of Dayton Records (MS-106): minutes, bulletins, newsletters, and correspondence
  • Friday Afternoon Club Records (MS-290): Additions to minutes and abstracts, clippings, photographs, and certificates
  • Air Force Association, Wright Memorial Chapter, Records (MS-351): approximately 4 linear feet of additions to Administrative, Community Activities, Publications, and Photographs series
  • St. Anne’s Hill Historic Society Collection (MS-400): 7 linear feet of additions, primarily administrative & news clippings
  • Inland Children’s Chorus (MS-432): 0.5 linear feet of additions

New and improved finding aids are now available for:

  • United Spanish War Veterans, Post 8 Records (MS-13)
  • Grand Army of the Republic, Post 41 Records (MS-14)
  • Minster Loan and Savings Company Records (MS-15)
  • West Liberty Wheel Company (MS-16): additions to historical note
  • Logan County Agricultural Society Records (MS-18): historical note added
  • Logan County Business Records (MS-21)
  • Alice Griffith Carr Papers (MS-135): revised collection span dates
  • Dayton-Wright Airplane Company Photographs (MS-152)
  • Dayton Philharmonic Women’s Organization Records (MS-183)
  • Richard Fullerton/ Jane Reece Collection (MS-185)
  • Rike’s Historical Collection (MS-189)
  • George Watson Family Papers (MS-191)
  • Andrew S. Iddings Wright Brothers Homecoming Collection (MS-192)
  • Charles Harris Papers (MS-194)
  • Dayton City Beautiful Council Records (MS-195)
  • Greater Springfield and Clark County Association (MS-197)
  • Adam Schantz, Sr., Estate Records (MS-200)
  • Dayton Electric Railway Historical Collection (MS-209)
  • Kenneth J. Crim Papers (MS-211)
  • Ringelblum Collection of Oral History Memoirs of the Holocaust Records (MS-215)
  • William C. Lambert Papers (MS-221)
  • Patterson Family Papers (MS-236)
Posted in SC&A | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“A Day in the Life” of Special Collections & Archives: John Lennon and Abbie Hoffman

This gallery contains 7 photos.

So our University Archivist, Chris Wydman, received a phone call a few months back in which the caller, a Wright State grad from the early 1970s, assured him that John Lennon had visited Wright State’s campus in the late 1960s, … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

TDIH: World War I Begins in Europe

This Day in History: On July 28, 1914 — 100 years ago — World War I, or “The Great War” as it was often known prior to WWII, broke out in Europe.

Although the often-cited catalyst for the war — assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist — took place a month earlier on June 28, it was not until July 28 that Austria-Hungary actually declared war on Serbia, thus beginning the formal conflict.

Aerial view of ruins in Europe (from MS-293)

Aerial view of ruins in Europe (from MS-293)

Over the next several years, Wright State University Special Collections & Archives will join many other archives, museums, and cultural institutions around the world in commemorating the centennial of WWI in various ways, including sharing items and stories from our collections here on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter (@WrightStArchive) under #WWI100.

We will also be adding new World War I materials to our digital collections on CORE Scholar. The Dayton-Wright Airplane Company Photos (MS-152) are already online; and 91st Observation Squadron Photos (MS-293) and a selection of materials from the Fred Marshall Papers (MS-53) are in progress.

Soldiers at Camp Sherman, 1918 (from MS-100)

Soldiers at Camp Sherman, 1918 (from MS-100)

As part of our World War I commemoration efforts, we are seeking new donations of World War I manuscript materials. In particular, we are looking for historical materials that document WWI and have a connection to either the Miami Valley or to aviation history (or both). 

If you are interested in World War I in Dayton, you might enjoy these additional resources:

Posted in SC&A | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment