A dozen aviation writers and editors from around the United States are in town this week for the National Aviation Heritage Area Aviation Writers Summit Presented by Dayton International Airport.
The Summit kicked off Wednesday, September 30, and continues through Friday, October 2, with participants enjoying a variety of tours, receptions, and events at aviation history sites throughout the Miami Valley.
Special Collections & Archives was excited to host a group from the Summit this afternoon for lunch and a special behind-the-scenes tour highlighting the gems of our aviation collections.
Our guests enjoyed lunch in the Wright Brothers Room with WSU President Dr. David Hopkins; Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers; and archivists Dawne Dewey, Toni Vanden Bos, and Gino Pasi.
Returning to the Dunbar Library, we made a quick stop on the second floor to marvel at the full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that hangs in the library’s atrium.
Then, we arrived in Special Collections & Archives, where virtually every available surface was spread with a variety of our unique and awe-inspiring aviation history resources. (Perhaps even more awe-inspiring is the notion that only a tiny fraction of our holdings was on display!) Items demonstrated the breadth and depth of our aviation collections, including photographs, letters, diaries, reports, books, journals, paintings, lithographs, scrapbooks, postcards, contracts, flight logs, and more.
And certainly no tour of Special Collections & Archives would be complete without highlighting the jewel in the crown of our aviation collections: our world-renowned Wright Brothers Collection.
Another special treat was a presentation by archivist Toni Vanden Bos about our film preservation program, as well as a video of especially interesting clips from some recently digitized films. Clips from films in the Ivonette Wright Miller Papers depict Wright family members sledding at Hawthorn Hill, vacationing at Lambert Island, and celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. Another film clip from the Kettering Family Papers captured Charles Lindbergh’s June 1927 landing at Wright Field in Dayton.
We are thrilled to have been involved in this event, and we look forward to assisting these and other aviation researchers again soon!
For additional information about the Aviation Writers Summit, view the press release from National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA).
For additional photographs from today’s visit, please visit our Facebook album.