Archives Interview on WYSO Sunday, May 24

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, was recently interviewed by WYSO’s Jerry Kenney for his radio show WYSO Weekend. The interview centers on our Wright Brothers Collection and David McCullough’s new book, The Wright Brothers. The segment will air this Sunday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. on WYSO (91.3 or listen online at

An interview with David McCullough will also air the same day at 10:30 a.m. on NPR.

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Laura Bischoff to speak at Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News on May 29

Laura Bischoff, reporting on a visit to Columbus by Barack Obama

Laura Bischoff, reporting on a visit to Columbus by Barack Obama

Please join us for the 6th Annual Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archive lecture, featuring Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Laura Bischoff, on Friday, May 29. This event is free & open to the public and will take place on the 4th floor of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Wright State University. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Laura Bischoff tells it like it is. Responsible for bringing to light hard-hitting political stories, Laura wrote over 100 front-page stories in 2014, more than any other Dayton Daily News reporter. Help us honor Laura and learn what it took to uncover the truth of some of her most high-profile stories. Refreshments will be provided, and exhibits will feature columns from throughout Ms. Bischoff’s career.

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid, and politicians of all stripes. Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors. Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall.

This series is sponsored collaboratively by Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and Wright State’s Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. The Living Legends lecture series celebrates the Dayton Daily News Archive, an extensive collection donated to WSU by the newspaper.

Register online or by calling (937) 775-2092. The event is free, but registration is requested by Tuesday, May 26th, for planning purposes.

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Special Collections and Dayton Metro Library Partner to Create Wright Brothers Newspapers Digital Archive

Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries and the Dayton Metro Library have partnered to create an online archive of the most complete run of Wright Brothers’ newspapers available to date. Both the Dayton Metro Library and WSU’s Special Collections and Archives house original issues of the Wright Brothers’ newspapers. By combining the two collections in an online archive, this valuable resource will be available in a readily accessible format worldwide.

West Side News, September 7, 1889, page 1

West Side News, September 7, 1889, page 1 (view on CORE Scholar)

The Wright Brothers operated a printing business from 1889 to 1899, before they started their bicycle business, and before they tackled the challenge of flight. Over the years, they worked on several publications and local newspapers, including: The Midget, a small school newspaper; church pamphlets; the West Side News; The Evening Item; parts catalogs for bicycles; and the Dayton Tattler, published for neighborhood friend and noted poet and novelist, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

With the expertise of the Digital Services Department of the Wright State University Libraries, the Wright Brothers’ newspapers will be available in digital format on both Wright State’s CORE Scholar and on the Dayton Metro Library’s Dayton Remembers digital image site, thus making the newspapers accessible in not one, but two, online locations.

The Midget, April, 1886

The Midget, April, 1886 (view on CORE Scholar)

The Midget (April 1886) and West Side News (March 1889-May 1890) are available on CORE Scholar now. The Evening Item, published from April 30-June 14, 1890, will go live in mid-May. Additional issues will go live over the next several months. The Dayton Metro Library will add the newspapers to its Dayton Remembers web site later this year.

Jamie McQuinn, Special Collections Manager for the Dayton Metro Library, said of the project: “The Dayton Metro Library welcomes this collaborative effort with Wright State University Libraries and appreciates the skills and expertise offered by the Digital Services Department. We are excited that the rich history of our community and its favorite sons will be more easily accessible to researchers in the Dayton area and around the world.”

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, stated: “This project benefits both institutions by combining our rich Wright Brothers Newspaper Collections into one online source. And that in turn benefits researchers. When we share our resources in this way, we make the Wright Brothers’ and Dayton’s history much more accessible.”

Jane Wildermuth, Head of Digital Services in the Wright State University Libraries, described the digitization process: “Digital Services staff digitized the Wright Brothers’ newspapers using an overhead large format scanner to capture the pages in one shot.  Pages were processed, quality checked, and made into PDFs.  We then used optical character recognition software to make the text on the pages full text searchable.  In CORE Scholar, researchers can search across all of the Wright Brothers’ newspapers to find keywords/topics quickly and efficiently.”

The Wright Brothers Newspapers Digital Archive Project will provide researchers worldwide with high quality searchable scans of over 150 issues and nearly 800 pages of news stories from the Wrights’ neighborhood publications. This project was made possible through a donation to the Communication Department at Wright State University from The Greenwood Family.

To learn more, contact Dawne Dewey at or 937-775-2011; or Jamie McQuinn at  or 937-496-8650.

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