New and Updated Collections Available for Research

We have new manuscript collections available for research!  Click on the links to view the complete online (PDF) finding aids.

The following new collections were recently arranged and described and are now available for research:

  • Marie Aull Papers (MS-501)
  • Raoul Lufbery Collection (MS-502)
  • Charles “Chuck” Tiffany Collection (MS-510)
  • Little Art Theatre of Yellow Springs Collection (MS-511)
  • Marianna Nixon Papers (MS-512)
  • WSU Reed Smith Peace Studies Collection (UA-1)
  • WSU School of Professional Psychology Records (UA-2)
  • WSU Retirees Association (WSURA) Records (UA-3)
  • WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine Collection (UA-4)
  • Abe Bassett WSU Theater Collection (UA-6)
  • WSU College of Nursing & Health Collection (UA-7)
  • WSU Public History Program Collection (UA-8)

Additional materials were recently processed into the following existing collections, so you might want to take another look at them:

  • Inland Children’s Chorus Collection (MS-432)
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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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