National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month and we have a lot of volunteers we’re grateful for. Special Collections and Archives could not do what we do without the amazing volunteers who assist the staff on numerous important projects throughout the year.

Last year, our volunteers donated 1168 hours of their time – their work makes a huge difference! Currently, our seven volunteers are working on some exciting projects to help preserve historic records and prepare them for access.

John Armstrong, Karen Pittman, and Ed O’Shaugnessy, 2016.

John Armstrong, Karen Pittman, and Ed O’Shaugnessy, 2016.

Long-time SC&A volunteers Karen Pittman and Ed O’Shaugnessy, as well as Chip Boyer, are each working on different organization and preservation projects for the Dayton Daily News Archive, one of our most utilized collections.

MS-360, Victoria Theatre Collection. The New Victoria Theatre, Bill of the Play

MS-360, Victoria Theatre Collection. The New Victoria Theatre, Bill of the Play

Former SC&A Archivist and Reference Manager, John Armstrong, retired from his position in 2015. Lucky for us, John returned this spring to volunteer his time processing collections.  He’s currently updating the finding aid for MS-251, Duriron Corporation Historical Collection.

WSU Public History student Shelby Dixon is processing an additional 11 boxes of Show Files to be added to MS-360, Victoria Theatre Collection.

J.B. Schroeder is identifying images and creating a detailed inventory of over 1,000 engine part drawings in MS-356, Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Engine Drawing Collection.

Jahn Luke is creating a detailed inventory of the photographs in MS-364, Bernard Lindenbaum Vertical Flight Research Collection. Lindenbaum was an aeronautical engineer with the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory (AFFDL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio from the mid-1940s until the mid-1970s.

MS-364 Bernard Lindenbaum Vertical Flight Research Collection Left to Right: Ed Walsh, Adolph Plenefisch, Igor I. Sikorsky, Orville Wright, Ralph Alex, Leslie Morris, and Boris Labensky, May 1942

MS-364, Bernard Lindenbaum Vertical Flight Research Collection
Left to Right: Ed Walsh, Adolph Plenefisch, Igor I. Sikorsky, Orville Wright, Ralph Alex, Leslie Morris, and Boris Labensky, May 1942

MS-458, Dayton Daily News Archive. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Andrew Deeds. 10/14/41

MS-458, Dayton Daily News Archive. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Andrew Deeds. 10/14/41

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

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Katharine Wright on Books

Katharine Wright, Wilbur and Orville’s younger sister, loved to read.

In honor of National Library Week, here is a quotation from Katharine about books:

It does my heart good to get hold of a book that doesn’t “hit you between the eyes” or “grip you” or do anything but let you drift along with it, in company with pleasant thoughts and a new idea or two.

Katharine wrote these lines in a letter to her future husband Harry Haskell, about 1924.

Katharine Wright reading on porch of Hawthorn Hill home in Oakwood, 1920 (photo ms1_26-5-4)

Katharine Wright reading on porch of Hawthorn Hill home in Oakwood, 1920 (photo ms1_26-5-4)

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Join us for Archives Fridays: “Preserving Family Photographs” on Apr. 15

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

Preserving Family Photographs
Friday, April 15
12-1 p.m.
Dunbar Library 315

In celebration of Preservation Week, come and learn some helpful strategies on how to preserve family photographs at home. You will receive tips on how to organize, label, store, and display these priceless memories.

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 the last in this year’s “Archives Fridays” brown bag lunch series, which took place throughout the academic year. To see the list of previous topics, please see our blog post announcing the series.

We hope to see you there!

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