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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75 Years Ago Today: Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941


Wreckage at the Naval Air Station (SC-269)

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While Hawaii seemed like a world away in 1941, the Miami Valley would be greatly impacted by the events of December 7th.

Alice Griffith Carr, a Yellow Springs native, was in St. Louis, Missouri, for a speaking engagement on December 7, 1941. Her letter, dated December 8, 1941, to her cousin Nannie (Bessie Totten), describes her reaction to the news of Pearl Harbor. Alice, like Americans all around the country, spent the evening in front of the radio awaiting news updates.


Alice to Bessie Totten, MS-135, Box 1, File 6

Alice Carr had a unique view of the world at the time. She served as a nurse with the Red Cross during World War I and had remained in Europe working as a nurse and public health administrator until the Nazis expelled all Americans from Greece in the summer of 1941. For more information on her service and career read the previous blog entry.

On December 8th at 12:30pm, Americans again gathered around the radio as President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress with his famous “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy” speech. By 4:00pm, President Roosevelt had signed the declaration of war and the United States was officially at war with Japan. The Miami Valley would soon hear the call to duty.

A list of World War II collections held by Special Collections & Archives can be found here.


U.S.S. West Virginia (SC-269)

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Now Available for Research: Judith Ezekiel “Feminism in the Heartland” Research Collection (MS-507)

We are pleased to announce that the Judith Ezekiel “Feminism in the Heartland” Research Collection (MS-507) is now available for research.

The collection consists of materials created and collected by Judith Ezekiel in the course of her research to complete her book, Feminism in the Heartland, published in 2002 by The Ohio State University Press. The materials include correspondence, subject files, PhD dissertation notes, index cards covering significant events and people associated with the feminist movement in Dayton during the 1970s, and oral history interviews of over fifty-eight activists.

For a complete description of the collection, including box and folder listing, view the online finding aid (PDF).

Biographical Note:

Judith Ezekiel (b. 1956) grew up in Dayton View, Ohio, where she lived from a young age through the spring of 1973, and again during the summers of 1974 and 1975. Her family had a history of political involvement, with her parents active in community politics, a maternal grandfather who was a union organizer, and a paternal grandmother who served as secretary to suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt. With familial and community influences, Ezekiel’s own participation in politics started when she was young. During high school, she attended several Dayton Women’s Liberation (DWL) events and Dayton Women’s Center’s community events and benefits. Later, in 1975 after returning to Dayton from Ann Arbor, where she was a student at the University of Michigan, Ezekiel attended the Socialist Feminist Conference in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as a member of the Ann Arbor contingent.

Ezekiel spent thirty-five years in France and was a visiting Women’s Studies professor at Wright State University from the Université de Toulouse. She has published on the women’s movements in the United States and France, comparative race and ethnicities, and Franco-American, (mis)representations. She co-organized the 3rd international Francophone women’s studies conference, “Ruptures, Résistances et Utopies, in September 2002 and was a founding member of the research group “Race et Genre”, established in 2003. Ezekiel has published papers in “European Journal of Women’s Studies”, “Women’s Studies Quarterly”, “Nouvelles Questions Féministes”, et “Les Temps Modernes”.  She was also an associate editor for ten years and a member of the Management committee of the “European Journal of Women’s Studies.”

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