Ladley Civil War Letters Digitization Project Completed

Oscar D. Ladley Papers on CORE Scholar (click to go to the collection page)

Oscar D. Ladley Papers on CORE Scholar (click to go to the collection page)

We are excited to announce that the Ladley Civil War Letters digitization project is now complete, with all Civil War-era letters (159 items) from the Oscar D. Ladley Papers available online in CORE Scholar.

Oscar D. Ladley was a career army officer who fought in the Civil War with Company G, 75th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was later assigned to Fort Sully in the Dakota Territories. The digitized materials consist primarily of letters exchanged between Ladley and his mother and sisters in Yellow Springs, Ohio, discussing the Civil War experiences of Ladley and his family.


The following is just a selection of the many interesting items that can be found in this collection. Click on an image to enlarge it and to visit the item’s full record on CORE Scholar:

This digital project was a collaborative effort between the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the University Libraries’ Digital Services Department, which provided the digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of this digital collection to CORE Scholar.

Please visit the Special Collections & Archives’ CORE Scholar page to browse additional digital collections.

Oscar D. Ladley, from a family photo album in MS-155, Box 7

Oscar D. Ladley, from a family photo album in MS-155 (a related collection), Box 7

If you are specifically interested in Civil War materials, please see also these digital collections:  James F. Overholser Papers (MS-5), Patterson Family Papers (MS-236), and Wallace Family Papers (MS-92). You can also view the Civil War gallery to see items from all of these collections aggregated and sorted in chronological order.

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Will the ‘real’ First Flight Photo please stand up?

You’re probably already familiar with the following photograph…

First Flight photo (ms1_16_2_10)

First Flight photo, December 17, 1903 (ms1_16_2_10)

Arguably one of the most famous photographs in the world, the above photo is widely recognizable as “the” First Flight photograph. Its silhouette has even become the logo of Wright State University and adorns all official university stationery.

But did you know that we have several prints — all slightly different — of “the” first flight photo? All of the prints depict the exact same instant in time (i.e. are from the same original glass plate negative, which is held by the Library of Congress), because there was only time for John T. Daniels to capture a single image during the 12-second flight that changed history.

Even so, the “other” First Flight photos can be seen in the gallery below. Click on an image to view a larger version of it. (The number underneath is the photo’s unique identifier number, for cataloging purposes. As you might imagine, that number becomes even more important for distinguishing one photo from another when you have 15 so similar!)

As you can see, some of the prints have been cropped differently, their tone and contrast vary, and some (such as #7) are even damaged.

Photo #10 (seen at the top of this post) seems to be the one most often chosen for publications, but perhaps one of the others is your favorite.

You can view all photos from December 17, 1903, including these and more, on CORE Scholar.

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Winter Break Closure, Dec. 24-Jan. 1

Special Collections & Archives will be closed for the duration of Wright State University’s holiday closure period: December 24, 2014-January 1, 2015.

We will re-open again on Friday, January 2, 2015, on our “break hours” schedule. Our break hours—the hours we are open when school is not in session—are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

When we are on break hours, we are not open on Sundays or on Wednesday nights. We will resume Sunday and Wednesday night hours effective the first day of spring semester. Therefore, our first Wednesday night will be January 14, and our first Sunday will be January 18. (We are, however, closed on Monday, January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.)

Don’t forget, we are also closed this Friday, December 19, for our annual staff planning retreat.

For a complete picture of our upcoming hours (or to check hours for a particular day), please visit the University Libraries’ online Calendar of Hours & Events and make sure you’ve selected “Special Collections & Archives” on the left-hand menu under “Hours.”

Don’t forget: even during our closings, our web site (including collection guides), blogs, and digital collections on CORE Scholar are available 24/7/365.

We apologize for any inconvenience and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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