New Digital Collections Available: WWI, Aircraft, Guardian, & More

We are excited to announce that several new small collections, as well as additions to existing collections, have recently been added to our digital collections on CORE Scholar:


WWI War Camp Community Service Song Sheet (SC-174), page 1 of 4

WWI War Camp Community Service Song Sheet (SC-174), page 1 of 4

With the centennial of World War I, or “The Great War,” as it was then known, happening now, we have selected several of our WWI-related collections for digitization. A few of our small World War I collections were digitized and uploaded recently:

If you are specifically interested in World War I, check out our other WWI materials on CORE Scholar: 91st Observation Squadron Photos, Palmer Coombs WWI diary, Dayton-Wright Airplane Co. Photos, and Fred Marshall Papers (which is still in progress).


Our Aircraft Photograph Gallery project is still ongoing. Nearly 200 more photographs from the William F. Yeager Aviation Collection (MS-223) were uploaded recently. New items are from Box 41, Box 42, and Box 43 (click on the links to see a list of the new photos). A handful of the recently added photos are below (click a photo to enlarge it and view more information):


The Guardian, September 15, 2004

The Guardian, September 15, 2004

Another ongoing long-term project is the digitization of historical issues of The Guardian student newspaper. There are currently about 1500 issues of The Guardian online in CORE Scholar, following the recent upload of approximately 150 more historical issues dated between 1983 and 2004.  Historical issues now range from 1965 to 2004, and all recent issues from March 2013 onward are available as well. Many issues that are not available in hard copy, such as the September 15, 2004, issue shown at left, have been scanned from microfilm.


Three of our rare medical books were recently digitized and can be read or downloaded from CORE Scholar:

You can see additional Local and Rare Books here.


These digital projects are a collaborative effort between the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the University Libraries’ Digital Services Department, which provided the digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of digital content to CORE Scholar.

Please visit the Special Collections & Archives’ CORE Scholar page to browse additional digital collections. Don’t forget to check out the University Archives’ CORE Scholar page as well.

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Wright Brothers Photos to be on CNN, Sunday, May 10

CNN will air an interview with author David McCullough talking about his new book, The Wright Brothers, this Sunday, May 10, on Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square).

Photographs from the Wright Brothers Collection in Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University will be used as part of CNN’s introduction to their interview as they discuss the first flight and what an incredible innovation it was.

The segment will air on CNN on Sunday, May 10, at 10 AM and 1 PM EST.

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TDIH 1915: Lusitania sunk by German U-Boats

On Friday, May 7, 1915, the German U-Boat U-20 torpedoed the British passenger liner R.M.S. Lusitania, 11 miles off the southern coast of Ireland. The Lusitania had departed New York on May 1 with nearly 2,000 passengers aboard and was headed for Liverpool on its usual route. The ship sank in under 20 minutes, taking with it the lives of approximately 1200 people. Among those who perished were 123 Americans, despite warnings that Americans traveled British liners at their own peril. The sinking of the Lusitania turned public opinion in many countries against Germany and is widely considered to have contributed to the United States’ decision to eventually enter World War I in 1917.

Bishop Milton Wright wrote of the incident in his diary on the day of the sinking as well as  few days afterwards:

Friday, May 7. The great steam passenger ship Lusitania, at 2:00, was torpedoed by submarines and lost in a few minutes with over twelve hundred, crew and passengers!

Saturday, May 8… News of the destruction of the Lusitania fills the papers.

Sunday, May 9. News of the Lusitania disaster comes teeming still in the papers…

Some of the newspaper articles the Bishop probably read, from the Dayton Daily News in May 1915, can be seen below. Click on an image to enlarge it:

Comparison of Lusitania to tall buildings, DDN, May 9, 1915, p3

Comparison of Lusitania to tall buildings, DDN, May 9, 1915, p3 (click to enlarge)

The item at left, from May 9, 1915, page 3, deserves to be highlighted. It shows the Lusitania — which was briefly the largest passenger ship in the world at 790 feet long — next to the tallest building in the world (in 1915), the Wooldworth Building in Manhattan, which was completed in 1913 and reached a height of 775 feet. The DDN also added a local landmark, the United Brethren (or “U.B.”) Publishing Building (now known as the Centre City Building), which at 175 feet tall was the tallest building in Dayton at the time.


The R.M.S. Lusitania had been sailing for the Cunard Line for about 8 years before it was sunk in the notorious disaster. During a few of its many trips between New York and Liverpool from 1907 and 1915, the Lusitania found its way into stories that have since found their way into our Archives.

While in New York on September 29, 1909, the Lusitania and the Statue of Liberty were captured in the background of this photograph from the Wright Brothers Collection:

Spectators and Wright Model A on Governors Island, NY, with Lusitania in the background, 1909 (photo ms1_19_1_19)

Spectators and Wright Model A on Governors Island, NY, with Lusitania in the background, 1909 (photo ms1_19_1_19)

In the foreground of the above photo, spectators, including soldiers, stand near the Wright Model A Flyer and its launch rail. (View photo # ms1_19_1_19 on CORE Scholar.)

Martha McClellan Brown traveled aboard the Lusitania when we she made her final lecture tour to Europe in 1911. There are references to this trip in the Martha McClellan Brown & Rev. William Kennedy Brown Papers (MS-147), as well as the Louise Kennedy Papers (MS-281).

An autograph book in our Local History Ephemera Collection (MS-383) includes some autographs that were collected in a spooky, interesting way aboard the Lusitania.  We wrote about these previously on the blog in “Ghosts of My Friends,” 10/28/2011.


Learn more about the sinking of the Lusitania and the role the disaster (eventually) played in bringing the United States into World War I:

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