Memorial Day Observance

Special Collections & Archives will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering those who have died in service of the armed forces.

Special Collections & Archives is honored to hold and preserve materials documenting the lives, stories, and ultimate sacrifice of some of these men and women, including Clair W. Welty, Raoul Lufbery, and Lt. Thomas Selfridge. (Click on the links to learn more about each soldier’s story.)

Flowers in memory of Raoul Lufbery, 1918 (photo from MS-502, Box 1, File 11)

Flowers in memory of Raoul Lufbery, 1918 (photo from MS-502, Box 1, File 11)




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Upcoming Talk on Flight Training for Aerial Combat Against MiGs

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place on Monday, June 6, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!

At this month’s meeting, Ken Ginader will present “Flight Training for Aerial Combat Against MiGs” (view PDF flyer). 

As a former TOPGUN Instructor, Ken Ginader has flown against MiG aircraft as a part of ‘Constant Peg’, a classified program until 2006. His presentation will also provide a brief history of TOPGUN and its involvement in ‘Constant Peg’ as well of the former classified programs called “Have DRILL” and “Have DOUGHNUT.”

Kenneth L. Ginader is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and a highly qualified Naval Flight Officer. He served in three operational flying tours in the F-14 TOMCAT, including Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron 21, and two operational staff tours. Captain Ginader also served as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, TOPGUN. He completed ten overseas deployments on five different aircraft carriers, accumulating over 3500 flight hours and 900 arrested landings.

He gained valuable acquisition experience as the JSF Requirements Officer on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; and valuable insight into the nature of combined operations on the Allied Forces Northern Europe NATO staff. In his final assignment he served as the Vice Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

Upon retirement from active duty, he accepted a position as Director, Business Development, Tactical Flight Training Systems, Environmental Tectonics Corporation, Southampton, PA until August 2015. In November 2015 he commenced a position as a Market Sales Manager for Esterline Simulation Visual Systems, Xenia, OH. Ken is now interviewing for a new Business Development position.

The meeting and presentation will take place at the East Interpretive Center, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

All are welcome!  There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.

You can view the upcoming schedule of meetings and speakers anytime at :

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Fred Marshall World War I Digitization Project Completed

We are pleased to announce that a variety of World War I materials from the Fred F. Marshall Papers (MS-53) are now freely available online, anytime, through the Wright State University Campus Online Repository, CORE Scholar. These recently digitized materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings, cartoons, ephemera, and more than 200 photographs.

Fred Marshall holding a camera out the window of a train car, ca. 1914-1918 (photo ms53_10_02_002)

Fred Marshall holding a camera out the window of a train car, ca. 1914-1918 (photo ms53_10_02_002)

Fred F. Marshall (1891-1972) was an engineer, aviation journalist, photographer, environmentalist, and local historian. Marshall was attached to the Signal Corps in World War I; he then returned to Dayton to work at McCook Field where he was editor of the aviation journal, Slipstream. Retiring in 1955 after working for several engineering and aircraft firms, Marshall devoted his time to writing articles dealing with the history of the Yellow Springs, Clifton, and Cedarville areas of Greene County.

The Fred Marshall Papers (MS-53) include drafts and finalized copies of original stories, newspaper clippings, correspondence, certificates, awards, scrapbooks, as well as a large number of photographs both personal and related to military life in World War I.

A cartoon drawn by Marshall, "Some of the High Spots in the Signal Corps Show" (ms53_05_11_004)

A cartoon drawn by Marshall, “Some of the High Spots in the Signal Corps Show” (ms53_05_11_004)

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. Other WWI-related materials currently available in CORE Scholar can be found in our World War I gallery and include:

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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