Wright State Yearbooks & More Now Online

Wright State University Yearbook, 1968, cover

Wright State University Yearbook, 1968, cover (view on CORE Scholar)

We are pleased to announce that these additional University Archives materials are now freely available online, anytime, through the Wright State University Campus Online Repository, CORE Scholar:

Each of these digital projects has been 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 digital content to CORE Scholar.

Please visit the University Archives’ Digital Collections page to learn about additional online collections.

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Celebrate Preservation Week and Pass It On!

_pw16_bannerIt is Preservation Week!  Don’t miss out on two online webinars this week offered through the Association of Library Collections & Technical Services, which is a division of the American Library Association.

The first webinar is on Tuesday, April 26 and is titled “From Cassette to Cloud: Reformatting Audiotape.”  It will be presented by Krista White, Digital Humanities Librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark.  Register at http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/042616 .

The second webinar is on Thursday, April 28 on “Preserving Your Digital Life” also presented by Krista White.  This webinar will discuss what steps can be taken now to ensure the best possibility of retaining important digital files.  Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7359264792756624897.

If you are not available this week, don’t worry!  Recordings of the webinars will be online in the future.  In fact, there is a host of useful preservation webinar recordings from past Preservation Week celebrations on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5BAB085DF728BD4.  You will find webinars on everything from preserving digital photos to taking care of family textiles.

You are also welcome to stop into Special Collections & Archives on the 4th floor of Dunbar Library and pick up a bookmark with preservation tips. We’d love to see you!

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Tom Hanks & David McCullough visit the Archives

As you might have heard, the Dayton area had some famous visitors earlier this week: actor/producer/director Tom Hanks and historian David McCullough.

Hanks helped dedicate the newly renovated Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures here at Wright State, and he is also the national co-chair of WSU’s Rise. Shine. fundraising campaign. Hanks’ film and television production company Playtone has also purchased the rights to David McCullough’s book The Wright Brothers, and an HBO miniseries is currently in the works.

As part of a busy schedule for both gentlemen during their time here in Dayton, Hanks and McCullough visited Special Collections & Archives yesterday morning for a private tour of our world-renowned Wright Brothers Collection, including viewing several recently digitized home movie films. McCullough’s long-time research assistant Mike Hill, as well as members of Hanks’ team for the HBO miniseries, including the screenwriter and another producer, were also in attendance for the tour.

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, hosted the tour, and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers, was present as well.

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, second from left, shares items from the Wright Brothers Collection with historian David McCullough (left), Tom Hanks, and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers. (Photo by university photographer Will Jones)

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, second from left, shares items from the Wright Brothers Collection with historian David McCullough (left), Tom Hanks, and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers. (Photo by university photographer Will Jones)

As you know, all visitors to the archives must sign in! We made a special sign-in sheet for our famous visitors.

Sign-in sheet for Tom Hanks, David McCullough, and Amanda Wright Lane, April 19, 2016

Sign-in sheet for Tom Hanks, David McCullough, and Amanda Wright Lane, April 19, 2016

After the visit, Special Collections & Archives staff and a small party of Public History graduate students enjoyed a luncheon with some of our guests, including David McCullough. After lunch, we took some photographs, including one of Dawne and Mr. McCullough pretending to “walk like the Wright Brothers” as shown in the famous photograph of the brothers taken at Belmont Park in 1910.

Dawne Dewey and David McCullough "walk like the Wright Brothers," April 19, 2016.

Dawne Dewey and David McCullough “walk like the Wright Brothers,” April 19, 2016.

This has been a great week for Dayton, Wright State University, and the legacy of the Wright Brothers, and we were so excited, proud, and honored to have been a part of it!

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For more complete coverage of Hanks’ and McCullough’s visit to Dayton this week, please see all of this wonderful news media publicity:

More on David McCullough’s earlier visits to our Archives:

And finally, a great “found it in the archives” on Tom Hanks’ first performance at WSU in 1978, which he mentioned in his dedication speech yesterday.

Official university photographs from these exciting events will soon be available on the Wright State University Smugmug site.

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