Winter Break Closure, Dec. 23-Jan. 2

Special Collections & Archives will be closed for the duration of Wright State University’s holiday closure period: December 23, 2016-January 2, 2017.

We will re-open Tuesday, January 3, 2017, on our “break hours” schedule. The hours for the week of January 3-8, 2017, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note there will be no extended hours on Wednesday night or Sunday afternoon that week.

The spring semester begins the following Monday, January 9. Our first Wednesday night will be January 11 and the first Sunday January 15. We are, however, closed on Monday, January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

To check hours for a specific day or week, please visit the University Libraries’ online Calendar of Hours & Events and make sure you’ve selected “Special Collections & Archives” on the left-hand menu under “Hours.”

While the office may be closed, our web site (including collection guides), blogs, and digital collections on CORE Scholar are available 24/7/365.

We apologize for the inconvenience and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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Student Volunteers in the Stacks

For the past few weeks Special Collections & Archives has been very fortunate to have two student volunteers from the Wright State University Center for International Education giving their time.

Alexandra “Sasha” Gribinenko, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, and now a resident of Bender, Moldova, is an English Literature major. She enjoys translating texts, especially poetry, and hopes to build a career with an international organization assisting students from around the world. When asked what she most enjoys about Wright State, Sasha said “my most favorite thing here is the UCIE Office. I met so many amazing people there!”


Sasha smiling from the stacks

Med Elkebir, also an English major, traveled to Wright State from Nouakchott, Mauritania. As a student, he has focused on honing his English language skills in preparation for a career in the international business world. Med, when asked about his favorite part of Wright State, replied “it is the nice and welcoming people I got to know here. I never felt isolated, disconnected, or anything else, but home.”


Med hard at work

Sasha and Med not only greatly assisted the SC&A staff with daily duties and care of the collections, but they also picked up conservation skills by cleaning volumes, dusting boxes, interleaving Permalife (acid-free paper) between photograph album pages, and arranging files alphabetically. Along the way they also mastered the use of soft brushes, magnetic cloths, vulcanized rubber sponges, and our HEPA vacuum. When asked what the neatest thing he had seen here, Med jokingly replied “the vacuum.”


Med cleaning a ledger book with the vacuum


Sasha dusting the Ross A. McFarland Collection (FSC-1)

We always hope all our students and volunteers gain something during their time with us. Med said “I learned how to cautiously clean old books, arrange files according to the alphabet, and much more.” Sasha added “I learned how to take care of really old books and pictures, and how to preserve them. And, of course, I’ve learned a little bit more about Dayton history.”

Special Collections & Archives would like to thank Med and Sasha for giving their time and to wish them both much success in their continued studies at Wright State and future careers!

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Did You Know John Glenn Visited Wright State University?


John Glenn and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald “Ron” Brown

While the official University mailing address bears the his name (Colonel Glenn Highway), famed astronaut, aviator, and U.S. Senator John Glenn also visited the Wright State campus on several occasions. On April 13, 1993, then U.S. Senator Glenn and Ron Brown, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, led a panel of government and business officials in discussing how to boost Dayton’s economy through military technology.

Glenn would later return to campus, this time to Dunbar Library, on October 24, 2002, for a joint meeting of the First Flight Federal Advisory Board and the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. Joining him at the meeting was fellow Ohioan and the First Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong.

All of the photographs are courtesy of the  Wright State University Photograph Collection. Click on the photos to see a larger image.

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