Memorial Day Closing

Special Collections & Archives will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, in observance of Memorial Day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We hope that you enjoy your day off if you have one and that you remember the reason for the holiday.

Memorial Day illustration from the Wright Brothers' newspaper, The Evening Item, May 24, 1890.

Memorial Day illustration from the Wright Brothers’ newspaper, The Evening Item, May 24, 1890.

The above illustration was featured in The Evening Item, one of the newspapers published by the Wright Brothers, on May 24, 1890.

We are currently in the process of having these newspapers digitized, and some of them (including the one featured above) are already available on CORE Scholar.

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Archives Interview on WYSO Sunday, May 24

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, was recently interviewed by WYSO’s Jerry Kenney for his radio show WYSO Weekend. The interview centers on our Wright Brothers Collection and David McCullough’s new book, The Wright Brothers. The segment will air this Sunday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. on WYSO (91.3 or listen online at

An interview with David McCullough will also air the same day at 10:30 a.m. on NPR.

Update 5/26/2015: In case you missed it—you can now listen to Dawne’s segment online. You may also be interested in listening to  the full radio program, which, in addition to the Wright Brothers segment with Dawne, features additional Miami Valley history regarding the Crowell-Collier Building in Springfield and the Miami Valley StoryCorps project, among other topics.

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Laura Bischoff to speak at Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News on May 29

Laura Bischoff, reporting on a visit to Columbus by Barack Obama

Laura Bischoff, reporting on a visit to Columbus by Barack Obama

Please join us for the 6th Annual Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archive lecture, featuring Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Laura Bischoff, on Friday, May 29. This event is free & open to the public and will take place on the 4th floor of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Wright State University. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Laura Bischoff tells it like it is. Responsible for bringing to light hard-hitting political stories, Laura wrote over 100 front-page stories in 2014, more than any other Dayton Daily News reporter. Help us honor Laura and learn what it took to uncover the truth of some of her most high-profile stories. Refreshments will be provided, and exhibits will feature columns from throughout Ms. Bischoff’s career.

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid, and politicians of all stripes. Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors. Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall.

This series is sponsored collaboratively by Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and Wright State’s Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. The Living Legends lecture series celebrates the Dayton Daily News Archive, an extensive collection donated to WSU by the newspaper.

Register online or by calling (937) 775-2092. The event is free, but registration is requested by Tuesday, May 26th, for planning purposes.

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