Archives closed on Jan. 19

We will be closed on Monday, January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. We apologize for any inconvenience. (However, we will still be open on Sunday, January 18, from 1:00-5:00.)

Following our closing on January 19th, we will re-open on Tuesday, January 20, at 8:30 a.m.

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Archives News – November/December 2014

Did you have a good holiday season? We did!

Here are some highlights of what we were up to in November and December:

In November, we installed two exhibits on the second floor of Dunbar Library. One exhibit focuses on local Congressman Tony Hall’s work to fight worldwide hunger and features materials came from our Tony Hall Papers (MS-341). The other exhibit highlights the Dayton Council on World Affairs (MS-46).

Tony Hall exhibit, Nov. 2014

Tony Hall exhibit, Nov. 2014

Also in November:

  • Dawne Dewey hosted a tour for Brigadier General Kathryn Johnson, who was visiting from the Washington, DC, area, as a guest of the WSU Institute for Defense Studies and Education.
  • Gino Pasi gave a tour for the Air Force ROTC Commander, as well as WSU’s ROTC leaders.
  • Lisa Rickey gave a presentation on our collections & services to Dr. Thoresen’s Ohio History class (HST 3650) in connection with one of their assignments.

On December 12, Gino Pasi and some of our Public History students instructed students at Fairborn High School in the use of primary sources.

Gino Pasi instructs some Fairborn High School students in the value of archival materials, Dec. 12, 2014.

Gino Pasi instructs some Fairborn High School students in the value of archival materials, Dec. 12, 2014.

We also installed two new exhibits on the first floor of Dunbar Library. Lisa Rickey and archives student worker Nina Herzog installed “Grand Estates of Dayton,” depicting many of Dayton’s great historic mansions, in the two stairwell cases. Dawne Dewey created and installed a related exhibit focused solely on Wrights’ mansion, Hawthorn Hill, in the Alumni case.

"The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill" exhibit, Dec. 2014

“The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill” exhibit, Dec. 2014

Nina Herzog with her exhibit, "Grand Estates of Dayton," Dec. 2014.

Nina Herzog with her exhibit, “Grand Estates of Dayton,” Dec. 2014.

On December 19, we announced the completion of the Oscar Ladley (MS-138) Civil War letters digitization project. We are very excited that these wonderful primary source materials are now freely accessible worldwide via CORE Scholar!

Also in December:

  • Chris Wydman presented a workshop on email management.
  • All Special Collections & Archives staff participated in our annual strategic planning retreat, on Dec. 19.
  • Special Collections & Archives was closed for winter break, Dec. 23-Jan. 1, along with the rest of the university.

And now, we look forward to what 2015 may bring! Happy new year!

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Explore Dayton’s Grand Estates in 2 new exhibits

Just before winter break, we installed two new exhibits on the first floor of the Dunbar Library, both of which focus on some of Dayton’s most magnificent historic mansions.

The cases on either side of the center stairwell feature “Grand Estates of Dayton,” such as Far Hills, Ridgeleigh Terrace, and Trails End. Do those names ring a bell? Well, if not, perhaps you’ve heard of the homes’ respective owners: John H. Patterson, Charles F. Kettering, and James M. Cox. The exhibit includes interior and exterior photographs (and in one case a floor plan!) of the mansions, photos of the owners, and descriptions of both.

Nina Herzog with her exhibit, "Grand Estates of Dayton," Dec. 2014.

Nina Herzog with her exhibit, “Grand Estates of Dayton,” Dec. 2014.

Also on the first floor of Dunbar Library, the Alumni case features a captivating exhibit about perhaps the grandest “grand estate” of Dayton: Hawthorn Hill, home of Orville Wright. The exhibit, “The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill,” includes many photographs of the Oakwood mansion’s interior and exterior, as well as images and anecdotes depicting the Wrights’ home life there. Orville Wright, his father Bishop Milton, and sister Katharine moved into Hawthorn Hill in 1914. It was Orville’s home until his death in 1948.

"The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill" exhibit, Dec. 2014

“The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill” exhibit, Dec. 2014

You can see these exhibits on the first floor of Dunbar Library anytime during the library’s open hours from now through February. (Don’t forget to visit both sides of the staircase!)

“Grand Estates of Dayton” was created by Special Collections & Archives student worker and Public History graduate student Nina Herzog and archivist Lisa Rickey. The materials reproduced for the exhibit came from the Dayton Daily News Archive (MS-458), James Cox Papers (MS-2), Kettering Family Papers (MS-363), Katharine Kennedy Brown Papers (MS-146), and other SC&A collections.

“The Wrights at Home: Hawthorn Hill” was created by Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, using photographs from the Wright Brothers Collection (MS-1)., the Ivonette Wright Miller Papers (MS-216), and the Dayton Daily News Archive (MS-458).

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