Join us for Archives Fridays: “Build It and They Will Come: The Story of Wright State” on Jan. 22

Please join us for this month’s “Archives Fridays” presentation:

Build It and They Will Come: The Story of Wright State
Friday, January 22
12-1 p.m.
Dunbar Library 315

Using photographs and documents from the University Archives, learn about the early development and growth of Wright State from a small branch campus in rural Bath Township to a major metropolitan state university.

This free event is open to anyone – faculty, staff, students, and the public. No advance registration is necessary. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

This presentation is part of our “Archives Fridays” brown bag lunch series, which continues throughout the academic year. All sessions will be on Fridays and will be discuss an archives-related topic, hence the name: “Archives Fridays.” Each brown bag talk will start with a presentation by one of our archivists, and there will be time for questions and discussion afterwards.

For additional dates and topics, please see our blog post announcing the series or the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives event calendar.

We hope to see you there!

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Our New Web Site has Arrived

Our new web site has arrived!

The University Libraries recently launched a redesigned web site, and the Special Collections & Archives section has changed as well:

New Special Collections & Archives homepage, coming soon

New Special Collections & Archives homepage (click to view the new site)

Similarly to the new University Libraries site, our new homepage has all of our resources grouped into three categories: Research, Services, and University History. But we still have a number of quick links right on the homepage to frequently used collections. Our collections search box is still available, as well as a site search.

Everything we had before is still there — it just looks a bit different. There’s lots to explore, so please have a look around!

Once you’ve gotten familiar with the site, we’d welcome your feedback to help us continue improving it.

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Passing the Torch of Public History Directorship

Dawne Dewey Head ShotAfter eight years as Director of Public History, I am stepping down to focus on my primary responsibilities as Head of Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University.

I became director of public history in 2007 and quickly learned that the best part of the job was getting to know all of the students. I have had the privilege of helping guide over 100 students to graduation. Those students have challenged me, laughed with me, drank hot chocolate with me, worked hard with me, kept me on my toes, and generally kept me young, in spite of the gray hair.

I have enjoyed working with all of the public history graduate adjunct faculty, and faculty and staff in the History Department and College of Liberal Arts. I’d like to thank all of our alumni, the staff of Special Collections and Archives, and most of all, the students, for all the support and encouragement you’ve given me these past eight years.

I will continue to teach classes and hope to get to know many more students in the years ahead. Public History at WSU will be in excellent hands with Dr. Drew Swanson. The future is bright and our students and graduates are proving that they can succeed, get great jobs, and share history in new and innovative ways.

For more information about the new Director of Public History at Wright State, Dr. Drew Swanson, check out the Fall 2015 Public History newsletter on CORE Scholar.

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