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Messenger Family Collection
1755-1938, 1 lin. ft.

The collection contains diplomas, articles, obituaries, lecture tickets, and licenses relating to the Messenger family and early medical history of the Miami Valley. The Messengers (Asa, Harold Sr., and Harold Jr.) practiced medicine in the Dayton-Xenia area since the 19th century. The collection also includes information relating to John Hole, M.D., said to be the first physician to come to the Dayton area in the late 1700s.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Medical History

MFM-10

Sharrit-Gross Family Scrapbook
1886-1979, 1 reel

Scrapbook contains family photographs, obituaries, notes, and genealogical materials for a family from the Germantown and Dayton area.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-117

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Katharine Wright Haskell Papers
1922-1928, 2 reels

Papers consist of mainly correspondence from Katharine Wright (1874-1929) to her future husband, Henry J. Haskell. Letters cover a variety of personal matters including the opposition to her impending marriage by her brother, Orville Wright. Other subjects discussed include Oberlin College, the Kansas City Star, the Wright patent challenge, and Katharine's ideas about women's rights. These letters were microfilmed from originals loaned to the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Kansas City, Missouri.

Subject Area(s): Women, Aviation, Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers

MFM-120

Irene Petre Frye Family Histories Papers
Undated, 2 reels

Consists of a group of family histories collected by Irene Frye of Cincinnati. Included are histories of the Kallam, Houser, Spuenhauer, Vest, Petre, Baub, Flynt, Helsbeck, and McAnally Families of North Carolina and Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-122

First Families of Montgomery County Records
Undated, 1 reel

Includes a compilation of family group sheets and copies of vital records that document the ancestors of individuals whose families arrived in Montgomery County before 1830.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-124

Ohio Pioneer Project Records
1835-1989, 5 reels

A selection of resource materials from the Collection of the LDS Family History Center of Cincinnati. Included are family pedigree charts, scattered cemetery records from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Biographical Annals of Ohio, Mrs. Devercaux's Blue Book, The Yearbook of the Son's of the American Revolution, a small collection of Warren County marriage records, Dearborn County, Indiana, wills, and many other items. A finding aid is included at the front of each reel.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-131

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Patterson Family Papers
1785-1960, 10 reels

A microfilm copy of MS-236.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry, Civil War

MFM-132

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Riesinger Funeral Home Records
1902-1947, 3 reels

A microfilm copy of MS-75.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, 1913 Flood History, Family and Personal Papers

MFM-16

Lindeman Family Papers
1882-1886, 1 reel

A collection of late-19th century family papers which include letters and portions of a diary describing a trip around the horn by ship in 1865.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-17

Fred Wallace Papers
1898, 1 reel

Consists of the letters of a Clark County soldier who served in the Spanish-American War.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-20

Milton Wright Papers
1779-1973, 3 reels

Consists of genealogical notes and working papers collected by Bishop Milton Wright (1828-1917), the father of the Wright Brothers. The materials cover the following families: Reeder, Wright, Brown, Koerner, Croddy, Brader, Andrews, Freeman, Harris, Benham, Stokes, Convenhoven, Van Cleve, Swaynie, Fry, Porter, Moody, Lake, Eudaly, Dover, Holt, Baker, and Gano. Filmed for the Genealogical Society of Utah from MS-1, Wright Brothers Collection.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers

MFM-23

Riley Family Papers
1807-1981, 1 reel

Contains Captain James Riley's log of the brig, James Madison, 1832-1835, as well as family letters, legal documents, petitions, clippings, biographical sketches, and photographs. Riley was a ship's captain, Ohio pioneer, and founder of Celina, Ohio. His family subsequently became prominent in Mercer County.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-30

George C. Catrow Diaries and Papers
1853-1897, 1 reel

George Catrow (1814-1897) taught in the rural schools of Butler, Montgomery, and Preble counties in the late-19th century. Collection consists of ten volumes of diaries, a Catrow Family history, personal papers, and newspaper clippings. The diaries record many events and names in the Germantown, Franklin, and Middletown, Ohio areas.

Subject Area(s): Education and Local Schools, Family and Personal Papers

MFM-37

Wright Brothers Collection Papers and Photographs
1853-1973, 23 reels

A microfilm edition of MS-1 without the published journals and printed materials, this collection consists of family letters and papers, financial records, school mementos, Wright Family genealogical materials, the church papers and diaries of the Wrights' father (Bishop Milton Wright), notebooks, correspondence, awards, and citations. The collection also includes nearly 4,000 photographs, many taken by the Wrights to document their early flying experiments. In addition there are extensive photographs of the Wright Family and of the Wrights' flying exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

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Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

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Galloway Family Papers
1797-1931, 5 reels

Letters, diaries, clippings, articles, and other family papers of a pioneer Greene County family with much material on frontier and pioneer life.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MFM-87

Isaac Staley Diary
1864-1916, 4 reels

Consists of a diary kept by Montgomery County farmer, Isaac Staley. The diary, which spans fifty years, is a detailed account of the day-to-day life of this Ohio farmer who also worked on the Miamisburg-West Carrollton Toll Road.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-1

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Wright Brothers Collection
1853-1973, 19 lin. ft. and 203 volumes

A supplement to the main body of Orville and Wilbur Wright's papers located in the Library of Congress, this collection consists of family letters and papers, financial records, school mementos, genealogical material, the church papers and diaries of the Wrights' father (Bishop Milton Wright), notebooks, citations, awards, and the Wright's technical library which includes journals books, and pamphlets covering many aspects of early aeronautics. The collection also includes nearly 4,000 photographs, many of which are original prints taken by the Wrights to document their early flying experiments. In addition, there are extensive photographs of the Wright family and of the Wrights' flying exhibitions in Europe and the United States. The photographs and papers are available in a microfilm edition.

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Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections, Inventors and Inventions, Photographic Collections

MS-105

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Benjamin F. Cryder Papers
1816-1888, .5 lin. ft.

Benjamin Cryder was the grandfather of Frederick White, one of Wright State University's early founders. His papers include survey maps of Ross County, Civil War bounty reenlistment records, correspondence, and essays on a variety of political and humorous subjects.

Subject Area(s): Civil War, Family and Personal Papers

MS-117

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Derostus F. Ladley Papers
1821-1867, 1 lin ft.

Ladley was a minister of the Christian Church and one of the founders of Antioch College in Yellow Springs. His papers consist of correspondence with his wife, Catherine, and members of their extended families, a collection of Ladley's sermons, financial papers, diaries, and correspondence concerning church affairs.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Religion

MS-126

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Charles O. Wolpers Papers
1817-1865, .5 lin. ft.

Papers consist of early 19th century daybooks, journals, and financial ledgers from stores Wolpers owned in Bellefontaine and Germantown. Also included are letters written to Wolpers by his brother in Germany.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers

MS-135

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Alice Griffith Carr Papers
1898-1968, 4 lin. ft.

Born and raised in Yellow Springs, Carr had a long, distinguished career working in Europe for the Red Cross and the Near East Foundation as a nurse and public health administrator. Her papers include extensive correspondence, journal articles, reports, working papers, clippings, genealogical materials, and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women

MS-137

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Totten Family Papers
1835-1962, 4.5 lin. ft.

Consists primarily of correspondence of three generations of the Totten Family in Springfield, Ohio, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, from the early 19th through the 20th century.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-139

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Jerusha Hall Peacock Papers
1860-1878, .5 lin. ft.

Jerusha Peacock was a student at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in the early 1860s, and later taught at Antioch's Preparatory School from 1865-1873. Her papers consist of letters written primarily to her mother and sisters, essays, a collection of her poetry, and a sketchbook. Peacock's letters colorfully describe her life at Antioch, her travels, acquaintances, and activities.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women

MS-140

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Oscar Edwin Carr Papers
1888-1956, 1 lin. ft.

A life-long resident of Yellow Springs, Carr attended Antioch College, then worked in his father's nursery business which he eventually took over in the 1920s. The bulk of his papers date from 1888 to 1906 and consist of correspondence from various family members and women friends.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-144

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Oscar K. Edelman Papers
1912-1987, 6 lin. ft.

Edelman was a long-time, active member of the Socialist Party in Dayton, and for a period, served as business manager for the local Socialist newspaper, The Miami Valley Socialist. His papers include correspondence, clippings, political literature, Socialist campaign materials, working papers, a minute book of the Young Socialist League in Dayton (1915), scattered copies of The Miami Valley Socialist, and a collection of state and national Socialist Party literature. See also MS-94.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics, Labor Unions

MS-146

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Katharine Kennedy Brown Papers
1830-1976, 47 lin. ft.

Brown was an important figure in the Republican Party from 1920 until 1968. The bulk of materials in this collection are connected with her activities as the National Republican Party Committee Woman from Ohio. Political materials include correspondence, publications, campaign records, convention and election memorabilia, photographs, and records reflecting her activities with state and national GOP women's organizations. Correspondents include major Republican leaders and presidents Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower, and Nixon. Her papers also include personal and family materials consisting of diaries, correspondence, and financial records dating from the 1830's. Please note: There is no publication or quotation of any materials in these papers without permission of the family.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics

MS-147

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Martha McClellan Brown Papers
1764-1916, 8.5 lin. ft.

A nationally known leader in the temperance movement as well as a strong advocate of women's rights and suffrage, Martha McClellan Brown lectured widely in the United States and Great Britain and held important posts in the Independent Order of Good Templars and the National Prohibition Party. She was also one of the founders of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and edited a weekly temperance newspaper. Her papers include copies of her published talks and articles, handwritten drafts of lectures, personal correspondence, temperance and suffrage publications, photographs, memorabilia, and a small collection of materials reflecting her interest in Spiritualism. Also included are papers belonging to Brown's husband, Rev. William K. Brown, a Methodist minister with a strong interest in women's rights and the temperance movement. His papers include sermons, published articles, correspondence, church papers, and two books he authored.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics, Religion

MS-155

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Ladley/Carr/Totten/Harris/ Odiorne Families Photographs
1855-1965, 3 lin. ft.

A collection of portraits, snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes, carte de visites, stereographs, and glass negatives from an extended family in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Subjects include family groups, the Carr Nursery, Antioch College, and a set of autographed portraits and faculty at Ohio Wesleyan College in the 1870s.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

MS-160

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Harris Family Papers
1898-1964, 1.5 lin. ft.

Consists primarily of the personal and business correspondence of George Harris and his wife, Katherine Carr Harris, his brother, Robert Harris, and his son, Ladley Harris. Both Katherine and George were born and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio and attended Antioch College in the 1890s. They married in 1904 and moved to Georgia where Harris established a successful law practice and they raised a family. The bulk of correspondence in this collection is with family members and friends in Yellow Springs, Ohio, New York and elsewhere and reflects the interests, concerns, and activities of a white, middle-class family during the first half of the twentieth century.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-161

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Louise Harris Odiorne Papers
1914-1975, 3.5 lin. ft.

Louise Odiorne was a landscape architect and planner working out of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The papers in this collection reflect her wide-ranging interests in community planning, environmental architecture, regenerative land use and conservation. Included are personal and professional papers, grants, papers pertaining to several land use projects in and around Yellow Springs, and materials concerned with Odiorne's most important work, the Life- Clime Project, an idea for establishing an indoor symbiotic relationship between plants and people.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women

MS-170

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Adalaide Patricia O’Brien Papers
1913-1980, .5 lin. ft.

A native of Sharonville, Ohio, Patricia O'Brien was a successful singer and actress in New York City during the early part of this century. She returned to Dayton in 1917 and became manager of the Dayton Symphony Association. She also worked as a promoter of local theatrical events. Her papers include correspondence, photographs, diaries, and miscellaneous items.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Family and Personal Papers, Women

MS-174

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Sarah Betts Wheeler Family Papers
1839-1921, 1.5 lin. ft.

A collection of 19th and early 20th century papers consisting mainly of the family correspondence of the Wheeler and Betts families as they moved around the Midwest. The correspondence is concerned with the health of family members, courtship, farm and crop information, and church matters. National events are mentioned occasionally.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women

MS-180

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Waymire Family Papers
1855-1920, 3 lin. ft.

Collection consists primarily of genealogical papers gathered by John Waymire of Montgomery County, Ohio. Included are family and surname data for related families, correspondence, personal papers, and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-182

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Coombs-Learned Family Papers
1819-1985, 6.5 lin. ft.

A collection of 19th and early 20th century family papers of the Coombs and Learned extended families who lived in Michigan, California, and Ohio. Papers include extensive family correspondence, diaries, business and financial records, and over 300 photographs. Noteworthy among the contents are several letters written by President James A. Garfield to a family member when he was a young man, as well as Palmer Coombs’ World War I diaries and papers.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, World War I

MS-191

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Watson Family Papers
1844-1923, .25 lin. ft.

Papers include a small collection of correspondence, printed materials, and business and legal documents belonging to the George Watson Family who lived in Greene County, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-196

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Clair Wilbur Welty Papers
1905-1922 (bulk 1917-1918), 0.25 lin. ft.

Clair Wilbur Welty (1890-1918) enlisted in the United States Army Signal Corps during World War I and served as a pilot-trainer. He died November 10, 1918, as a result of a mid-air collision at Issoudun, France. The collection includes academic records, military records and orders concerning Welty’s brief service as an Army officer, letters of condolence addressed to his mother Mary Welty following his death, and a few photographs.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, World War I

MS-198

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Walter McCaslin Papers
1944-1984, .5 lin. ft.

McCaslin was a well-known Dayton journalist who was the art critic and book reviewer for both the Dayton Daily News and the Dayton Journal Herald. His papers consist primarily of letters written by McCaslin to an old friend in Zanesville where he grew up. Subjects covered include McCaslin's World War II experiences, his opinions about contemporary politics and political leaders, as well as his day to day activities. Also included in the collection is a selection of clippings of McCaslin's published writings.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, World War II, Dayton Daily News

MS-207

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Dustin/Dana Family Papers
1811-1870, .5 lin. ft.

A collection of papers from an early 19th century southwestern Ohio family containing letters, autograph books, and some related documents. The bulk of the letters were written to Rev. Mighill Dustin, a Methodist Episcopal minister, and his wife, Mary (Dana) Dustin, by various friends and family members. The letters discuss family affairs, religious life, politics, and business matters. Related documents include wills and excerpts copied from 19th century county histories.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-216

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Ivonette Wright Miller Papers
1803-2007, 24.7 lin. ft.

Ivonette Wright Miller was a niece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the daughter of the Wright Brothers older brother, Lorin Wright. The collection consists of materials about Orville and Wilbur Wright, the Wright Family, and early aviation collected by Ivonette. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, journal articles, photographs, photograph albums, and memorabilia. Many of the photographs are original prints of pioneer aviators, Wright Family members, and friends. Other papers pertain to the role of Mrs. Miller and her husband, Harold Miller, in representing the Wright Family at various official functions.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections

MS-218

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Josephine Schwarz Papers
1876-2004, 28 lin. ft.

The Josephine Schwarz Papers consist of a collection of the personal correspondence, photographs, writings, and memorabilia of Josephine and, to a lesser extent, the personal papers of her sister Hermene Schwarz. The collection encompasses a wide range of topics, including the Schwarz School of Dance, the Dayton Ballet, correspondence concerning dance and ballet-related issues, personal correspondence with family, friends, and students, her journals, diaries, and scrapbooks, ballet and family photographs, and memorabilia.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Family and Personal Papers, Women, World War II

MS-23

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Andrew S. Iddings Papers
1899-1973, 2.5 lin. ft.

Correspondence, notes, travel journals, clippings, financial records, and business files pertaining to Iddings' long career as a lawyer, businessman, and civic leader in Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-236

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Patterson Family Papers
1785-1960, 2 lin. ft., 19 scrapbooks

A collection of correspondence, family histories, photographs, business records, and scrapbooks from two local pioneer families who played an important part in the early development of the Miami Valley: the Pattersons of Dayton and the Johnstons of Piqua. The business records cover the period 1785-1879 and relate to the operation of the Patterson Family farm and lumber mill. Some of Col. Robert Patterson's land surveys and quartermaster records are also included. The correspondence consists of letters between family members and friends, the bulk of which falls within the years 1820-1900. These letters are a good representation of 19th century life and discuss business, family affairs, daily activities, and politics. Of particular interest are the letters to Julia Johnston Patterson from her sons in the Union Army during the Civil War. The scrapbooks are an eclectic collection of newspaper clippings, programs, and memorabilia concerning John H. Patterson, the National Cash Register Company, and local and family history.

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Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry, Civil War

MS-237

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Jack Savage Papers
1861-1993, 1.5 lin. ft.

Papers consist primarily of materials documenting Savage's military career in the Signal Corps during World War II and include his letters home, a scrapbook, photographs, a narrative of his experiences, and his basic training book. Also included are materials from his father who served in World War I, as well as a small collection of Civil War letters and papers from Savage's ancestors who fought in Ohio regiments.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, World War II, Civil War

MS-240

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Charles F. Class Papers
1931-1954, 2 lin. ft.

Materials include personal correspondence, as well as papers and letters related to Class' position as a Warren County (Ohio) Agricultural Agent, Federal Inspector of Seed and Crop Loans, and Federal Land Appraiser. Also included are news clippings from the Miami Valley Farmer, farmhouse plans, maps, and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-243

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Pedrick Family Papers
1860-1960, 8 lin. ft.

The Pedrick Family Papers were compiled over four generations beginning with William E. Pedrick (W.E.P.), who was a prominent entrepreneur in the mining industry and also a lieutenant during the Civil War. His children also participated in the mining industry and land speculation, but soon took interest in other professions such as artwork and design, as well as, electrical engineering. The collection includes blueprints, correspondence, deeds, accounting ledgers, photographs, maps, journals, diaries, and scrapbooks.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civil War

MS-246

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Harold F. Barrett Papers
1938-1990, 1.5 lin. ft.

A Dayton native, Barrett was a toolmaker, technical writer, teacher, and political activist involved in labor organizing in the Miami Valley area. He also founded and directed the Labor Studies Department at Sinclair College. His papers include materials pertaining to his labor organizing efforts, his newspaper editorials, music he composed as well as his drawings and poetry.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Labor Unions

MS-248

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Matthews-Howard Family Papers
1908-1992, 4 lin. ft.

Graduates of Wilberforce University, Rev. Wesley Matthews and his wife, Ruth "Pat" Matthews, were active in civil rights, church work, and community organizing in the Dayton, Yellow Springs, and Urbana, Ohio areas. After Rev. Matthews died in 1978, Pat Matthews remarried Wendell Howard, a Springfield pharmacist. Papers in this collection include business and personal correspondence from both families, records from a depression-era WPA education program in Clark County, family photographs, a scrapbook and correspondence from Tuskegee Institute, a Tuskegee Airmen yearbook, and materials pertaining to the Matthews' various civic involvements.

Subject Area(s): African-Americans, Family and Personal Papers

MS-252

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Stuart Sebastian Papers
1966-1991, 7 lin. ft.

Sebastian, a dancer and nationally known choreographer, was the Artistic Director of the Dayton Ballet Company during the 1980s. His papers include correspondence, both personal and professional from colleagues in the dance world, Dayton Ballet administrative materials and performance records, photographs, clippings, materials pertaining to his dance teaching activities, and personal items including diplomas and school papers.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Family and Personal Papers

MS-253

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J. Robert Groff Papers
1938-1954, 2 lin. ft.

Groff was the president and general manager of the James Leffel Company in Springfield, Ohio. Papers in this collection reflect his civic and volunteer involvements and include minutes, reports, publications, and correspondence from such organizations as the Springfield Community Chest, the Rotary Club, the Springfield and Clark County War Chest, the War Manpower Board, and the United Appeals Fund.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations

MS-256

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Gebhart Family Papers
1794-1930, .5 lin. ft.

This small collection is made up of various financial papers, legal documents, land deeds, mortgages, correspondence, and plat maps. The Gebharts arrived in the Miami Valley area from Pennsylvania in the early 19th century and were active in local business, political and religious activities.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-259

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Richard Allaman Papers
1919-1968, 6 lin. ft.

Allaman was active locally in the field of children's social services. He held several posts in the Ohio-Kentucky area including Superintendent of the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Director of the Louisville Children's Home, and Superintendent of Shawn Acres, the Montgomery County Children's Home. His papers consist of correspondence, case notes, published and unpublished papers, programs, conference materials, photographs, reports, and awards.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations

MS-263

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Harland B. Cushman Papers
1919-1921, .5 lin. ft.

Papers consist of letters written to Cushman by his fiancé, Stella Klein, who worked at McCook Field from 1919-1921. Letters contain mostly personal and family information, but also discuss events and people at McCook Field during the period.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers

MS-264

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Herbert C. Osborne Papers
1922-1927, .5 lin. ft.

Osborne held a variety of engineering positions at McCook Field in Dayton from 1918 until 1924. His papers include diaries covering the years 1922-1923, photographs taken while he was working at McCook, and a few miscellaneous papers about his career up until 1927. The diaries record his daily activities at the field and at home, and the 79 photographs include images of aircraft, dirigibles and individuals.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers

MS-28

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Leonard Hill Local History Collection
1838-1971, 1 lin. ft.

Contains a variety of materials relating to Leonard Hill's interest in the history of the Piqua area. Included is an early 19th century farmer's diary, a canal logbook, various clippings and journal articles pertaining to local history and genealogy.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Railroad and Canal History

MS-281

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Louise Kennedy Collection
1870-1947, 3 lin. ft.

Louise Achey Kennedy was a prominent member in Dayton society during the late 19th and early 20th century. She was a charter member of the Jonathan Dayton Chapter of the DAR, and a genealogical researcher. The collection consists of personal correspondence, travel souvenirs, religious pamphlets, photographs, and miscellaneous ephemera from the late 1880s to the early 1900s.

Subject Area(s): Women, Family and Personal Papers

MS-284

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Schenck Family Papers
1860-1985, 4 lin. ft.

The Schenck family was one of the most prominent families in the Dayton area. General William C. Schenck, a pioneer of the Miami Valley, helped lay out Licking County in 1801. William's son, Robert C. Schenck, was a State Representative in Ohio from 1843-1850, U.S. Minister to Brazil from 1851-1854, Brigadier General of Volunteers during the Civil War (1862), elected to the 3rd Congressional District in 1862, served as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee from 1867-1871, and was appointed U.S. Minister to Great Britain from 1871-1876. The main focus of this collection is on Joseph Graham Crane Schenck, Jr. ("Sonny"). This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-285

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Margaret Shardelow Young Papers
1913-1984, 3 lin. ft.

Dayton native, Margaret Shardelow Young, was a member of the Friday Afternoon Club, one of the city’s oldest women’s literary clubs. She was also a local school teacher and long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton. The collection includes her Friday Afternoon Club writings, schoolbooks, teaching notes, photographs, and greeting cards with her original poetry.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women, Education and Local Schools

MS-29

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James A. Chew Papers
1952-1963, 1.5 lin. ft.

James Chew was a prominent businessman and civic leader in Greene County. His papers consist primarily of business records from three Miami Valley newspapers, the Xenia Gazette, the Piqua Daily Call, and the Middletown Journal, which he owned and published. Records include balance sheets, bank statements, payroll reports, investment reports, profit and loss statements, circulation averages, and statistics. Also included are some papers pertaining to Chew's Xenia residence.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers

MS-292

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Martha Yowler Collection
1626-1997 (bulk 1800-1997), 3 lin. ft.

This collection consists of family history and genealogy records for the Weinland and Mumma families. Information included may consist of dates of birth, marriage, and death.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-30

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Carl Ultes Jr. Papers
1905-1939, 8.5 lin. ft.

Ultes was a businessman and civic leader in Springfield who eventually took over the O.S. Kelly Company. The material in this collection consists of business papers, correspondence, clippings, legal files, and materials relating to Ultes' membership in various civic organizations. Note: please check concerning possible restrictions.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-308

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Gladys Turner Finney Papers
1957-2000, 3 lin. ft.

Contains autobiographical articles, brochures, correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings and reports that document Gladys Finney’s career in social work in the Dayton, Ohio area. Also contains materials concerning her private life, her involvement with her church and personal interests, as well as material relating to her husband, Frederick Marshall Finney.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women, African-Americans

MS-31

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Dorothy K. White Papers
1920-1974, .5 lin. ft.

A collection of clippings, photographs, awards, literary sketches, and stage programs reflecting White's career as a stage and silent screen actress during the 1920s, and her later work in charitable and civic causes in Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women

MS-316

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Edmund Trissell Collection
1940-1995, 3.5 lin. ft.

The Edmund Trissell Collection chronicles the life of Dayton photographer Edmund William Trissell through negatives, photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence from Mr. Trissell’s daily life and photographic assignments.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections, Aviation

MS-324

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Richard D. Seifried Papers
1946-2010, 3 lin. ft.

Richard Seifried was born in Piqua, Ohio in 1927. He is a Korean War veteran who served from 1951-1952. Mr. Seifried received military training at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky and is an alumni of the Ohio State University. He lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas where he continues to write both novels and memoirs. This collection contains correspondence, personal memoirs, numerous photographs, and ephemera. Note: restrictions may apply.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-325

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Edwin James Armstrong Collection
1890-1924, 1 lin. ft.

The Edwin James Armstrong papers contain the personal and business papers of not only Edwin, but of his second wife Jessie Wheeler Armstrong, and her sister Mabel Wheeler. These papers have been organized into five series which include: 1) Ephemera, 2) Edwin James Armstrong papers, 3) Mabel Wheeler papers, 4) Jessie Wheeler Armstrong papers, and 5) Miscellaneous papers.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-331

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Willard D. Chamberlin Papers
1893-1919, 1 lin. ft.

The Willard D. Chamberlin Papers are a varied and interesting collection of photographs and clippings concerning the life of Chamberlin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The material in this collection gives insight into the material culture, concerns, travels, and ideas of a leading Dayton, Ohio entrepreneur and businessman. The collection is divided into two series: Travel Photographs and Newspaper clippings.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-342

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Charles A. Kline Papers
1917-1922, .25 lin. ft.

Contains correspondence to and from Charles A. Kline during his time as a soldier in WWI. Also included is a CD which contains scans of the Charles A. Kline Papers.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, World War II, World War I

MS-363

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Kettering Family Collection
1876-2006, 75 lin. ft.

The Kettering Family Papers contain materials documenting the life of Charles F. Kettering, as well as his son Eugene, daughter-in-law Virginia, and their children. The Kettering family was heavily involved in the industrial make-up of the city of Dayton during the 20th century. Beginning in the early 1900s when Charles F. Kettering began his career at NCR, through today, the Ketterings have been influential in shaping the industrial, cultural, and financial landscape of Dayton. Because of its financial success, the family also became known for its many important philanthropic and charitable deeds which continue today through its various foundations.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

MS-379

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Woodhull-Patterson Family Papers
1890-2003, 1.5 lin. ft.

The Woodhull-Patterson Family Papers consist primarily of genealogical information and photographs pertaining to the Woodhull and Patterson families. There are also materials related to the history of Dayton and the surrounding area.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-383

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Local History Ephemera Collection
1864-1974, 1 lin. ft.

This is an ephemera collection donated by the Miami Valley Genealogical Society. The scope of collection is greatly varied. It consists of nine broad groups as follows: Central M.E. Church – Springfield, Ohio; Political Ideologies; Clara Wiesenborn Papers; Governmental Ephemera; Publications; Family Papers; Business/Companies; Music; and Photographs.

Subject Area(s): Religion, Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers

MS-385

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John J. and Kathryn Beard Arthur Family Papers
1850-2005 (bulk 1940-1960, 1990), 3.2 lin. ft.

The Beard Arthur Family Papers consist of collections concerning particular relatives of the two families. The family papers provide information for anyone researching residents of Mad River, Ohio from the late 19th century through the 20th century. The Beard Arthur connection refers to the marriage of John J. Arthur to Kathryn Beard.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-387

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Erasmus Jones and Lavina Hatfield Kitchen Collection
1834-1972 (bulk 1887-1907), 1 lin. ft.

The Erasmus Jones and Lavina Hatfield Kitchen Collection contains materials relating to the family history of the Abraham Kitchen and James Hatfield families, their homesteads, and their descendants in Green Township, Clark County, Ohio, spanning the period from the 1830s up to 1972. Also included in the collection are materials from members of both families whom moved outside Ohio during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-390

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Dr. Malcolm L. Ritchie Collection
1949-2006 (bulk 1960-1970), 39.5 lin. ft.

The Dr. Malcolm L. Ritchie Collection is composed of documents relating to Dr. Ritchie’s career. Journals, reference books, and slides/negatives are included. Additional personal papers have been added.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

MS-394

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Focke Family Papers
1924-1971, 1.13 lin. ft.

William Focke and his wife founded their family meat business, William Focke Son's Company, in 1875. The collection contains two folders documenting the Focke family. The collection also documents the family meat packing business through advertisements, patents and agreements, correspondence, price lists, and a scrapbook.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

MS-399

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Mildred Baker Papers
1895-1931, .5 lin. ft.

The Mildred Baker Papers is a collection including photographs, registration cards, newspaper clippings, West Carrolton Reading Club records, postcards, and scrapbook. It was created by Mildred Baker who lived in the Dayton area in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, 1913 Flood History

MS-405

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Vincent G. Apple Papers
1892-1977, 19.13 lin. ft.

The Vincent G. Apple Papers includes the work and administrative records of Vincent G. Apple, a Dayton inventor. The collection contains numerous patents, patent applications, engineering drawings, journals, legal agreements and correspondence, business records and correspondence, and the Ford Trial records.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers, Inventors and Inventions

MS-414

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Woodland Cemetery Collection
1841-2010, 114 lin. ft.

The Woodland Cemetery Collection contains materials relating to the organization and business ventures of the Woodland Cemetery Association. Materials such as organization histories, rules and regulations, meeting minutes, financial records, and correspondence provide a history of the organization while documents such as interment and cremation records provide insight into the function that the cemetery plays in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to these written documents, there are numerous visual documents such as photographs, negatives, and slides that illustrate Woodland Cemetery.

Subject Area(s): Cemeteries, Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations

MS-415

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Luthman Funeral Home Records
1898-1982, 4.5 lin. ft.

The Luthman Funeral Home Records include business records plus ten binders of copies of their original burial records. The business records span 1889-1910 and the burial records span 1906-1982. This collection offers researchers a wealth of information on genealogy and local mortuary practices.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

MS-417

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Rollyn E. Puterbaugh Sr. Photograph Collection
mid-20th century

This collection contains photographs and negatives taken by Rollyn E. Puterbaugh Sr., a prominent twentieth-century Dayton photographer.

Subject Area(s): Photographic Collections, Family and Personal Papers

MS-421

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Local History Glass Plate Negative Collection
ca. 1880-1910

This collection contains a set of glass plate negatives detailing Dayton's local history around the early 1900s.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

MS-429

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Gladys Chaney Wessels Papers
1927-2009 (bulk 1940s-1970s), 6 lin. ft.

The Gladys Chaney Wessels Papers are comprised of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, and audiovisual materials, all relating to the life and work of Gladys Chaney Wessels, a prominent educator and social activist in the Dayton, Ohio area. The papers include items from her personal life as well as the numerous institutions and women’s rights groups of which she has been a part.

Subject Area(s): Women, Family and Personal Papers, Wright State University

MS-435

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Matthew C. Kirkpatrick Collection
1904-1974, 1 lin. ft.

The Matthew C. Kirkpatrick collection consists of photographs, correspondence, arrest logs, identification cards, books, and a scrapbook. It was created by Matthew C. Kirkpatrick who was a Dayton policeman and Chief of Police during the mid-20th century.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations

MS-437

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Shivell Family, Jane Reece Collection
1911-1944, 1 lin. ft.

This collection highlights the work and family of Dayton poet, Paul Shivell. An accomplished poet published in the late 19th- and early 20th centuries, Shivell was recognized for his pastoral poems which were published in several books and collections. Included in the collection are several original portraits by noted Dayton photographer Jane Reece, who was a close family friend of the Shivells and who took portraits of them throughout several decades. Other documents note the Shivells’ activities in Dayton society and the arts. Of special interest is the 1916 letter to Shivell from Robert Frost, complimenting him on his recent publication, and a print of one of Jane Reece’s photographs of Matilda Dunbar, mother of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Photographic Collections, Family and Personal Papers, Paul Laurence Dunbar Materials

MS-439

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Major General Henry Tureman Allen Collection
1891-1985, .2 lin. ft.

Major General Henry T. Allen was an officer in the U.S. Army from 1882 to 1923. He fought in the Spanish-American War and World War I. His daughter married Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews (See MS-440). General Allen was famous for his 1885 exploration of 15,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness in the Copper, Tanana, and Koyukuk River valleys. The collection is small, consisting of photographs of him and his children, along with a 1985 reprint of his 1885 Alaskan expedition report, and a book about his life.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, World War I

MS-44

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Siebenthaler Nursery Company Records
1877-1944, 3.5 lin. ft.

Records include sales information, employment records, inventory tabulations, and various financial ledgers and journals. There is also printed materials pertaining to the nursery and landscaping business. Another portion of the collection consists of the Siebenthaler Family's personal papers and includes correspondence, genealogical information, wills, and estate papers.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers

MS-440

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Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews Collection
1874-2003 (bulk 1931-1947), 12 lin. ft.

Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews played a major role in building the U.S. Army Air Corps of the 1930s into the powerful U.S. Army Air Forces of World War II. At the time of his death in May 1943, he was the commander of all U.S. forces in the European Theater of Operations. The largest portion of the Andrews Collection consists of family correspondence sent between members of the Andrews family, including letters from General Andrews, his wife, Jeannette, and his parents, siblings, children, and relatives and friends. The collection also contains a variety of photographs of General Andrews and family members, along with newspaper clippings and memorabilia.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, World War II

MS-444

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William Hobart Papers
1880-2010 (bulk 1960-2010), 6 lin. ft.

The William Hobart Papers document the evolution of a company from its beginnings as a small family-owned business based out of Troy, Ohio, into a substantial national foodservice and food retail industry. The collection covers important landmarks such as acquisitions, documents the Hobart brothers family life, the Hobart Institute of Technology, and Troy community development directly related to the Hobart’s contributions. The collection includes personal Hobart family papers, company related papers, correspondence, photographs, blueprints, sketches, pamphlets, financial records, employee records, and certificates.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-446

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Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter Papers
1934-2010, 5.9 lin. ft.

The collection consists of the personal papers and photographs of Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter, a resident of Xenia, Ohio. Zoe Dell is recognized for her influence in aviation and in her local community as a pilot and the first woman president of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, as well as for her contributions to several civic organizations. In 1939 she was named “Most Photographed and Publicized Girl in the World,” which was mostly attributed to her role as Theme Girl in the 1938 San Francisco Golden Gate International Exposition and Treasure Island.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Aviation

MS-447

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Ermal C. Fraze, Dayton Reliable Tool Company Records
1949-2006, 6 lin. ft.

Ermal C. Fraze was the owner of Dayton Reliable Tool Company and the inventor of the early versions of Pull-Tabs and Pop-Tops. This collection includes newspaper clippings, magazine articles, scrapbooks, correspondences, photographs and personal items. Most of the collection pertains to the Dayton Reliable Tool Company. Some items also relate to the Fraze Pavillion, a 4300-seat outdoor amphitheater in Kettering, Ohio, named after Ermal C. Fraze.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

MS-453

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Charles and Grace Bost Papers
1935-1943 (bulk 1942), .5 lin. ft

The Charles and Grace Bost Papers consist of World War II-era correspondence. There are 67 letters between Charles and Grace of Springfield, Ohio. Charles entered the service in July 1942 and was stationed in Tennessee while Grace remained in Springfield, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Family and Personal Papers

MS-460

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Max M. Scarff Collection
1909-1978, .5 lin. ft.

The collection consists of the personal papers and photographs of Max M. Scarff, a resident of New Carlisle, Ohio. Max M. Scaff is recognized for his innovative improvement of hybrid corn and grains. While working at the family business, Scarff Nursery, he received many awards and honors through the years, and was elected president of The American Seed Trade Association in 1952. In 1973, Scarff was also elected to the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers

MS-473

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Harvey Dressler Collection
1896-1966, 1.5 lin. ft.

Harvey Dressler was a civil engineer in the Dayton area owning the firm of Cellarius and Dressler Engineering. The Harvey Dressler Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, maps, books, and other documents related to Harvey Dressler, his wife Florence Bremberger Dressler, and daughter Mary Dressler Stansell.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, World War I

MS-478

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Florence Brown Diaries
1926-1933, 1 lin. ft.

The Florence Brown Diaries consist of eight diaries kept by a young middle-class Dayton woman in the 1920s and 1930s. These journals detail the daily goings-on in her life from mundane musings on the weather, to more serious topics like the death of her mother.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-51

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Historic Almanacs Collection
1814-1955, .5 lin. ft.

A collection of agricultural, medicinal, and family almanacs.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Medical History

MS-53

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Fred F. Marshall Papers
1912-1976, 11.7 lin. ft.

The Fred F. Marshall Papers reflect Marshall's career as 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 collection includes 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. Marshall authored a number of local histories including a chronology of the Wright Brothers. A few items in the collection relate to Fred Marshall’s wife, Faith Marshall.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, World War I

MS-60

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Phillip C. Skardon Papers
1959-1975, 2 lin. ft.

Skardon is a prominent Dayton businessman with an interest in civic and cultural affairs. His papers relate to his service in three organizations: the Metropolitan Church, the Dayton-Montgomery County Bicentennial Committee, and the Dayton Council on World Affairs. Included are minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and printed materials.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations

MS-75

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Riesinger Funeral Home Records
1902-1947, 19 lin. feet

Ledgers give a daily account of funerals and contain information and vital statistics about people buried by the Riesinger Funeral Home in Dayton. Also included are a few unidentified photographs, some scattered financial records, and correspondence

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers, 1913 Flood History

MS-80

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Dixie Blandy Papers
1940-1973, .5 lin. ft.

Papers document the life of Dayton flagpole sitter, Dixie Blandy. The bulk of the materials is comprised of newspaper clippings, photographs, advertisements, and promotional materials.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-85

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Samuel S. Studebaker Papers
1958-1978, 2.5 lin. ft.

A nationally recognized leader of soil, water, and land conservation movements, Studebaker served as president of the National Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. He was also a Miami County educator and farmer. His papers consist of printed materials, speeches, and correspondence dealing with conservation efforts both locally and nationally. Also included are some local soil surveys, farm credit information, and minutes of committees appointed to deal with specific conservation problems.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

MS-90

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Everett Neukom Papers
1900-1933 (bulk 1908-1915), 2 lin. ft.

Neukom worked as a photographer for both the DELCO Corporation in Dayton and the Miami Conservancy District during the early part of the 20th century. His papers include family correspondence, clippings, personal memorabilia, pamphlets, and photographs relating to the 1913 Dayton flood.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, 1913 Flood History

MS-92

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Wallace Family Papers
1783-2007 (Bulk 1880-1970), 78 lin. ft.

The Wallace Family Papers chronicle the history of more than five generations of a farming family in Clark County, Ohio, during the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The collection provides an almost continuous history of the Wallace family through letters, diaries, journals, financial records, photographs, newspaper clippings, books, and extensive genealogical information.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civil War

MS-98

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Aurel Vaszin Papers
1928-1979, .5 lin. ft.

Vaszin was a Dayton designer and manufacturer of amusement rides and equipment. His papers include clippings concerning his business, certificates of merit for trade involvements, and a small collection of photographs.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers

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Rockafield Family Papers
1863-1973, 1 folder

Reports and correspondence showing the history of ownership of Wright State University land during the 1800s, a listing of families buried in Rockafield Cemetery, and correspondence from the Rockafield's during their service in the Civil War.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civil War, Wright State University, Cemeteries

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George Higginbotham World War II Letter
1943, 1 folder

Copy of letter written by Higginbotham to his father while he was stationed in Italy during World War II.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Family and Personal Papers

SC-105

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Edward Lang Papers
1942-1945, 1 folder

Letters from Lang written while in US Navy during World War II, describing family issues and his role as an investigator of persons of interest in Germany following the war.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Family and Personal Papers

SC-106

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Lloyd Kress Papers
1945-1995, 1 folder

V-mail written by Kress home and photocopies of newspaper clippings, both from 1945 and from 1995, as part of a retrospective series. Kress witnessed the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Family and Personal Papers

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Seth Furnas World War II Papers
1945-1946, 1 folder

Photographs, V-mail and letters from Furnas, who was stationed in Europe during World War II. He saw action at Remagen and witnessed Holocaust atrocities.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

SC-110

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Ivonette Wright Miller Memorial Photograph Collection
Undated, 1 folder

Photographs of Henry Farman III biplane.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

SC-120

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"To Avoid Her is to Betray Her: The Letters of Jerusha Hall Peacock (1861-1878)"
1998, 1 folder

Student paper written by Megan Nealis in December 1998 concerning Jerusha Peacock. See MS-139.

Subject Area(s): Women, Family and Personal Papers

SC-13

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Jeannie Croswell Letter
1876, 1 folder

Photocopy and transcribed letter written in 1876 by Jeannie Croswell describing the Centennial celebration that took place in Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-132

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Margaret Van Cleve Reeder Autobiography
Undated, 1 folder

Three-page typed portion of an autobiography of Margaret Van Cleve, paternal grandmother of the Wright Brothers.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers, Women

SC-139

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Wright Family Funerals, a Narrative
2002, 1 folder

Narrative and commentary on the Wright Family funerals, written and donated by Chip Boyer, whose family owned Boyer Mortuary and handled the funerals of Wilbur, Milton, Katharine, and Orville Wright.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Cemeteries

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Gelett Burgess' Goop Tales Book
1916, 1 folder

Children's book of manners and etiquette, given by Katharine Wright to Elizabeth Beck Rehling, daughter of Agnes Beck, at her birth in 1916

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers

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Wright Brothers' Wills
1912-1948, 1 folder

Contains copies of Orville and Wilbur Wright's last wills and testaments, and a copy of Orville Wright estate record and death certificate.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections

SC-172

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Samuel Berryhill Account Settlement
1852, 1 folder

Handwritten documentation of settlement of debts of Samuel Berryhill, following his death. Dated April 12, 1852.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-205

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Bier American Civil War Letters
1860s, 1 folder

Collection contains photocopies of a ballad and letters relating to the American Civil War, written by Jacob Bier to his wife, Nancy. Bier was from Auglaize County, Ohio, and served in the 180th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Division of the 23rd Army Corps.

Subject Area(s): Civil War, Family and Personal Papers

SC-212

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Ervin J. Nutter Papers
1982-2000, 1 folder

Items relating to the life and work of Ervin J. Nutter.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

SC-214

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Centennial of Flight
2003, 1 folder

Information concerning the celebrations of the Centennial of Flight, 2003.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Aviation, Family and Personal Papers

SC-215

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Family Records: Adams, Smith, Ward, Bancroft
1943, 1 folder

A family bible, an undated letter, and other materials relating to families in Springfield, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-217

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Dayton Family Photograph Album
Undated, 1 folder

Photograph album of an unknown Dayton family, depicting family life and a parade in Dayton. The location appears to be where Sinclair Community College is now located, as some photographs have Sacred Heart in the background.

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Subject Area(s): Photographic Collections, Family and Personal Papers

SC-224

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Recollections of Gerhard Ehlers
1913-1957, 1 folder

Copy of a book of recollections by Gerhard Ehlers, made for his children, concerning his life in Germany before moving to the U.S. to work for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-225

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World War I Diary
1918, 1 folder

Diary kept by Sergeant H. Crawford, band member in the 362nd Infantry, begins in Houston in 1918 and follows his journey to New York and eventually France. Includes information on caring for the wounded and dead and the aftermath of the Battle of Verdun.

Subject Area(s): World War I, Family and Personal Papers

SC-226

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Wilbur Wright Birthplace Commemorative Postcards
2003, 1 folder

Contains postcards from the Wilbur Wright birthplace commemorating the Centennial of Flight.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers

SC-234

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Mr. and Mrs. Obksuffman Anniversary Photograph
1955, 1 folder

Photo celebrating the 61st wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Obksuffman, April 1955

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-235

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Local Government Ephemera, 1813-1870
1813-1870, 1 folder

Collection consists of various land deeds, contracts, and other government records from the early 1800s.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-245

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Family Record - Mulkern
ca. 1868, 1 item

Family Record page for Michael Bernard Mulkern and Mary Ann O’Regan Mulkern and family, circa 1868.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-247

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Nick Rosenbaum Photographs
Undated, 6 items

This collection contains six copies of photographs of Nick Rosenbaum and the Wright B floatplane. The photographs are mostly unlabeled and undated

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers

SC-26

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Phil Donahue Letter
1964, 1 folder

This is a letter to Fred White, Business Manager for the Miami-OSU Dayton Campus (forerunner of Wright State University), from Phil Donahue, thanking him for his appearance on Donahue's show on WHIO, dated March 24, 1964.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations, Wright State University

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Seifried Civil War Materials
ca. 1865, 1 folder

This collection contains three Civil War related items including a diary, a hymn book, and a letter, donated to Special Collections and Archives by Richard Seifried.

Subject Area(s): Civil War, Family and Personal Papers

SC-265

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McCook Field Resignation Form
1923, 1 folder

This collection contains the official War Department resignation form for Domnick Greco from 1923.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

SC-266

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Henry Busch Photographs
1914-1960, 1 folder

This collection contains photographs and copies of photographs of Brookville and Dayton, Ohio, most dating around 1914, though some are as late as 1960. Many of the photographs are labeled and identified, and the primary subjects are Elden Hemp and Henry Busch.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Aviation, Business and Industry

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William Pitstick Xenia Tornado Photograph Collection
1974, 1 folder

This collection contains 31 images of the aftermath of the Xenia tornado in April 1974. William Pitstick was the telephone manager who was called in to start the repairs after the 1974 tornado. He shot several rolls of film documenting the damage at street level across Xenia. These photographs offer an in-depth look at the city in the immediate aftermath of the tornado, and the vast majority of the photographs are very thoroughly labeled.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

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The Diary of the House in the Woods
ca. 1918, 1 item

This collection consists of a single pamphlet titled “The Diary of the House in the Woods,” which was published by the Lowe Brothers Company in Dayton, Ohio. The pamphlet is a combination of two people’s diaries. Katherine McDowell and her husband Ned allowed their diaries to be published to explain the development of their house that they built and in which they lived in the woods. The diary entries begin in May of 1918 and continue through October of the same year. The couple also included some general advice on designing, finishing, and furnishing a home at the end of the pamphlet, and it also includes information about Lowe Brothers’ products.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers

SC-279

Anna Hiles 1913 Flood Postcard Collection
1913 (36 items)

This collection contains 36 postcards, two of which are addressed and dated April and June, 1913. The two addressed cards are interesting in that the writer briefly discusses some routine events, e.g. a friend’s visit, very soon after the flood. Anna Hiles was the flood survivor who collected these cards. The collection was donated by her grandson, Jeffrey.

Subject Area(s): 1913 Flood History, Family and Personal Papers

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Dayton Stories by the Abel Family
1900-1975, 4 items

Four accounts written by four members of the Abel Family from Dayton, Ohio over three generations, and transcribed by Rita Mastbaum Hughes. Includes: Personal Recollections by Joseph F. Abel, circa 1900; Silver Anniversary Trip of Joseph J. Abel and M. Josephine Abel, June 19, 1925 to July 30, 1925; D. Herbert Abel, Ph.D. Autobiography, 1968; and Remembrances by Rosemarie Rita Abel Gabel, 1975. Collectively the collection documents social life and customs in Dayton, Ohio's history from the mid 1800s-mid 1900s. Among the topics discussed are presidential campaigns, Dayton during the Civil War including the burning of the Dayton Journal building, attending school in Dayton, the 1913 flood, celebrations at the end of World War I, and the influenza epidemic of 1917-1918.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, 1913 Flood History

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Unidentified World War I Soldier's Letter
1919, 1 folder

The collection contains a postcard of a transport ship and a letter from a World War I soldier to his brother while enroute home. The letter provides insight on race relations in a segregated army.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, World War I, African-Americans

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Clark County Surveyor's Diary
1876, 1 folder

A diary of an unknown land surveyor working in Clark County, Ohio, including logs of completed jobs and fees received, dated 1876.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

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Frederick Meyer Papers
1837-1966, 1 folder

Collection contains the personal ledger book for Frederick Meyer from 1917 to 1966, with the back of the ledger containing information from as far back as 1837.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry

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Eunice Pearson Papers
1877-1878, 1 folder

Diary dated 1877-1878, also includes information between 1839 to 1877 from other family members. Some sections of the diary have been transcribed.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Women

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Frank Hamburger Papers
1909-1936, 1 folder

Frank Hamburger witnessed the Wright Brothers' first flight in Dayton. Collection contains several photographs of Hamburger as well as newspaper clippings recounting his involvement with the Wrights.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections

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Miami Valley Genealogical Society Papers
1784-1847, 1 folder

A diverse collection of business correspondence, court entries, writs, summons, affidavits and land warrants primarily dealing with property transactions in early 19th-century Ohio and Virginia.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

SC-39

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Land Survey for the Shelby and Auglaize County Line
1884-1885, 1 folder

Collection contains land surveys that were used to define border between Shelby and Auglaize Counties in Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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William Armstrong Papers
1815-1847, 1 folder

Collection includes letters written to and from an Army officer, mostly to his family in Vevay, Indiana, which cover his experiences in the early 19th century frontier army as well as his duty in the Mexican War, where he was killed during the Battle of Molino del Ray.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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Oliver Protsman American Civil War Diary
1862-1863, 1 folder

An original diary providing excellent insights on the early years of the Civil War. Also included in a family history and a complete transcription of the diary.

Subject Area(s): Civil War, Family and Personal Papers

SC-44

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Horace Mann Papers
1859, 1 folder

Contains the will and associated documents concerning Horace Mann, once President of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Civic Organizations

SC-45

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Wright-Glass Family Letters
1892-1906, 1 folder

Papers include personal correspondence between Bishop Milton Wright and his cousins, Oliver and Flora Glass.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Family and Personal Papers

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Orville Wright Letters
1918-1925, 1 folder

Collection contains photocopies of correspondence from Orville Wright to Karl Kimble and to F.O. Eichenberger.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections

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D. Watson Craig Papers
1853-1887, 1 folder

Consists of letters written by Craig to various members of his family. Craig traveled to Oregon and Panama, as well as spending time in Springfield, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. His letters cover his experiences, local and national politics, and family matters.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics

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J. Edgar Scholl Diary
1901-1902, 1 folder

A transcription of Scholl's diary, includes brief information about his life and the weather, from Fayette County, Indiana.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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Joseph Hawking Letter
1846, 1 folder

Handwritten letter from Joseph Hawking to Charles Redman, pertaining to the people of Eaton, OH, erecting a monument to Major James Lowry, dated May 21, 1846.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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McCarthy Family Photo Album
1921, 1 folder

Photo album containing images of a road trip from Dayton to California in 1921.

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Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections

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Erastus Smith Papers
1846-1853, 1 folder

Variety of materials concerning Erastus Smith, a Kentucky man who served as a Major in the Mexican War. Note: some materials are located in the oversize collection.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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Wilbur Wright Letter
1904, 1 folder

An original letter from Wilbur Wright to a New York publisher.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections

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Horace Wright Papers
ca. 1980, 1 folder

Information concerning the Wright Brothers as shared by their nephew, Horace A. Wright, who lived from 1901-1990.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Collections

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Henry H. Arnold Diary
1875-1903, 1 folder

Transcription of more than 400 pages of a diary belonging to Henry H. Arnold, a farmer in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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William Reichard Notebook
1830, 1 folder

Math notebook from William Reichard, circa 1830.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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Thomas Morrison Papers
ca. 1792-1880, 1 folder

Handwritten and transcribed pages describing Morrison's experiences as an early settler in the Miami Valley.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers

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C.J. McLin Jr. Autobiography
1998, 1 folder

Transcript of an autobiography by C.J. McLin, Jr. Also available in published form in the Archives and the Libraries collections.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, African-Americans

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Nellie Van Mater Journal
1864, 1 folder

Journal of Nellie Van Mater who lived in Greene County and attended Antioch College in the 1860s.

Subject Area(s): Women, Family and Personal Papers, Education and Local Schools

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Margaret Smell Diary
1901-1915, 1 folder

Diary of Margaret Smell who was visiting Dayton from Michigan during the 1913 flood. Transcription of flood related sections available.

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Subject Area(s): Women, Family and Personal Papers, 1913 Flood History

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Hamilton Waymire Collection
1862, 1 folder

Photograph and letter of Hamilton Waymire pertaining to activities during Civil War.

Subject Area(s): Civil War, Family and Personal Papers

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George Little Letter
1876, 1 folder

A child's letter written to a friend in Xenia, Ohio. The letter is written to "Hodge" expressing concerns and thoughts about school. It is dated December 11, 1876.

Subject Area(s): Education and Local Schools, Family and Personal Papers

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Harrington 1913 Dayton Flood collection
1913, 1 folder

Two accounts of the Dayton Flood.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, 1913 Flood History

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45435. Phone: 937.775.2525