Sherman’s “March to the Sea”

On November 15, 1864, Robert Patterson and the 61st OVI,  departed Atlanta on Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”  As Robert anticipated (see November 7, 2014 blog post), there was not much opposition to the Union army as they moved toward Savannah.  The 61st had but one skirmish with the enemy — at Sandersonville, Georgia.  The “March to the Sea” was completed on December 10, 1864, when General Sherman’s army arrived at Savannah, Georgia.

 

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Fresh Exhibits on the Second Floor

This past week, we installed fresh exhibits on the second floor of Dunbar Library, replacing the exhibit on the university common text The Fault in Our Stars by librarian Kathy Reynolds.

In connection with National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 15-23, 2014), we have some materials about U.S. Representative Tony Hall’s efforts to fight world hunger as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

Tony Hall exhibit, Nov. 2014

Tony Hall exhibit, Nov. 2014

We have Representative Tony Hall’s Papers (MS-341), quite a large collection at 199 linear feet, here in Special Collections & Archives.

The Tony Hall materials are also in connection with the Reference Department’s book display, on the third floor, of books on hunger and homelessness. (Check one—or more—of them out!)

Hunger and Homelessness Book Display, Nov. 2014

Hunger and Homelessness Book Display, Nov. 2014

Also on the second floor, we installed an exhibit about the Dayton Council on World Affairs Records (MS-46), which we also have here in Special Collections & Archives. The exhibit gives a brief history of the organization’s activities since its founding in 1947.

Dayton Council on World Affairs exhibit, Nov. 2014

Dayton Council on World Affairs exhibit, Nov. 2014

These exhibits will be up through at least the end of the year. We hope you’ll take a few minutes on the second floor of Dunbar Library and have a look!

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Archives News – October 2014

An SC&A first, Wright Brothers impersonators, a field study trip, a 40th anniversary celebration, and more…oh my! That was October! Have a look…

On October 2, we participated in the 4th annual Wright Brothers Day in the WSU Student Union, bringing an exhibit about the Wright School of Aviation, as well as a selection of original Wright Brothers and aviation materials.

Wright Brothers Day is celebrated each year in early October, to mark the anniversary of Wilbur Wright’s 39-minute flight on Huffman Prairie on October 5, 1905, demonstrating that the Wrights had advanced their design to the point of a practical airplane.

Susie Lang with Wright brother impersonators Tom Benson and Roger Storm, who work at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Oct. 2, 2014

Susie Lang with Wright brother impersonators Tom Benson and Roger Storm, who work at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Oct. 2, 2014

You can view more photos from Wright Brothers Day 2014 on Facebook.

The weekend of October 4-5, archivist Chris Wydman took a group of Public History students on this semester’s field study trip to Columbus, Ohio. On Saturday, they visited the Franklin Park Conservatory and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (at OSU), as planned, and also received a bonus tour of the Modern Masters exhibition at the Wexner Center (also at OSU). On Sunday, they visited the Columbus Museum of Art and the James Thurbur House. It was a great trip with a fun group!

Public History students at Franklin Park Conservatory, Oct. 4, 2014.

Public History students at Franklin Park Conservatory, Oct. 4, 2014.

On October 17, Special Collections & Archives staff participated in the WSU Public History Alumni Symposium and 40th anniversary celebration. Wright State University’s Public History Plan master’s degree has had a long history with Special Collections & Archives, which serves as a learning lab for public history students, and many of the courses are taught by our archivists. The Symposium included presentations from several Public History graduates, as well as the comments reminiscences of Dr. Charles Berry, one of the co-founders of WSU Public History. You can see how the event unfolded on Twitter at #PH40WSU.

Dr. Charles Berry sharing his recollections on the early days of Public History at Wright State, Oct. 17, 2014.

Dr. Charles Berry sharing his recollections on the early days of Public History at Wright State, Oct. 17, 2014.

On October 18, Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, attended the kickoff event for Wright State University’s capital campaign Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University. While there, Dawne was invited into a photograph with Eddie McClintock, an actor and WSU alumnus who served as Master of Ceremonies that night. (Eddie is far left, with hands on Dawne’s shoulders. Also in the photo were University President Dr. David Hopkins and his wife Angelia, as well as Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers, who is co-chairing the campaign with actor Tom Hanks.) Prior to the event, we “found” Eddie McClintock in the Archives in honor of his return to campus.

On October 30, we experienced a “first” (for us) here in Special Collections & Archives. We received our first digital donation via USB flash drive. We have lots of digital materials received on CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks, but this is our first USB stick. Archivists Toni Vanden Bos and Lisa Rickey, who are developing our workflows for handling digital donations, were very excited by this development. Let the fun begin!

First USB flash drive donation to Special Collections & Archives, Oct. 30, 2014.

First USB flash drive donation to Special Collections & Archives, Oct. 30, 2014.

Also in October:

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