Extended Archives Hours Starting This Week

Welcome back to the first day of Fall semester, everyone!

With the start of a new academic year comes the start of extended hours in the Archives.

Beginning this week, we are now open on Wednesday nights until 9:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00-5:00 p.m., in addition to our usual hours of Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00.

The extended hours on Wednesday nights and Sundays will continue throughout the semester, with our last Sunday of the year being December 7th and the last Wednesday night being December 10th.  Extended hours resume again in January when spring semester begins.

Please note that we will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)
  • Tuesday, November 11 (Veterans’ Day)
  • Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30 (Thanksgiving holiday)

You can check our hours for a specific date anytime by visiting the University Libraries’ online calendar.

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Move-In Day 1995

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TDIH 1914: Orville Wright nearly drowns

On August 20, 1914, Orville Wright and student pilot U.S. Navy Lt. Kenneth Whiting were trying out a modified Wright Model G Aeroboat on the Great Miami River in Dayton. Orville was at the controls and 30 feet in the air when one of the wings broke and sent the plane (and the men) into the river.

According to the Library of Congress’s Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Chronology (p. 207), Orville “narrowly escaped drowning” in the accident. The passenger Whiting also survived apparently unscathed.

Probably because the incident turned out all right in the end, Bishop Milton Wright’s August 20th diary entry refers to it by saying only that “the flyer took a dive.”

Although we do not have any photographs of the modified Wright Model G Aeroboat from the August 1914 flights, we do have several photos of the Wright Model G Aeroboat from some flights on the Great Miami River in 1913:

Wright Model G Aeroboat taking off on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_8)

Wright Model G Aeroboat taking off on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_8)

Wright Model G Aeroboat  on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_12)

Wright Model G Aeroboat on the Great Miami River, 1913 (photo # ms1_20_3_12)

You can view more photos of the Wright Model G Aeroboat on CORE Scholar.

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