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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On the Campaign Trail Again

On September 1, 1864, Atlanta, Georgia was captured by the Union Army.  Since that date, the Union Army has remained at Atlanta awaiting word on their next objective.

On November 8, 1864, Robert Patterson wrote a letter to his mother reporting that his regiment was preparing to move out.  Robert’s letter is informative.  He notes that General Sherman says that “War is Cruelty” and that he is “determined to make the Johnnys feel that it is so in every sense of the words.”  He goes on to note that General Sherman must be planning on opening communication lines through Savannah and Mobile and abandon the long railroad line to Chattanooga.  Robert anticipatesthat move to Savannah will be “a pleasant trip as the weather is mild and pleasant” and he does not expect “to meet any enemy at least no very large force and are expected to live off the country through which we pass.”

Robert closes with a note about the 1864 Presidential election.  The Union Army in Atlanta held their election that day and “had a close race with the Copperheads for a majority.  There were a number of hospital (bummers as the boys call them) loafers who never go into a fight voted at our polls and of course they are all McClellan men.  It seems a strange thing that a soldier would vote for that party.  I think there is no doubt but what Mr. Lincoln will be elected at least I hope so.”

This is the last Civil War letter from Robert Patterson in the Patterson family papers.

Transcript of Robert Patterson letter, November 9, 1864.

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