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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-2

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James Middleton Cox Papers
1908-1957, 21 lin. ft.

Consists of correspondence, reports, speeches, photographs, clippings, and other printed materials relating to Cox's long career as a journalist and politician. Cox was a U.S. Congressman representing Ohio's 3rd District from 1909-1913, and the governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 and from 1917-1921. In 1920 he was the Democratic nominee for President with Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate. Cox was also the owner and publisher of several newspapers including the Dayton Daily News and the Dayton Journal Herald. The bulk of the material in this collection is correspondence covering such topics as local, national, and international politics, labor, monetary policy, economic matters, and journalism. A partial list of nationally known correspondents includes: William Jennings Bryan, Bernard Baruch, Josephus Daniels, James Farley, Cordell Hull, Walter Lippmann, Sam Rayburn, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, Harry Truman, Woodrow Wilson, and Orville and Wilbur Wright. The speeches include a number of radio campaign speeches (1920), speeches by Cox while Governor of Ohio (1913-1915), and speeches in support of Franklin Roosevelt and the policies of his administration.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Dayton Daily News

MS-269

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William Preston Mayfield/Caporale Photo Collection
ca. 1880-1979, 1 lin. ft.

Contains 356 photographs collected by Michael Caporale. The collection consists of photographs taken by Dayton photographer William Preston Mayfield of Dayton scenes of the Flood of 1913, advertising images, building interiors and exteriors, street scenes, and people. Several other Mayfield photographs are of sports and other leisure activities such as soapbox derbies, boxing, (including a shot of Jack Dempsey), as well as magicians Harry Blackstone Sr., and Howard Thurston. This collection also includes the work of many well known photographers dating between the 1880s and the 1970s. Please note: permission to duplicate Mayfield photos is required.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Photographic Collections, 1913 Flood History, Local Sports, Dayton Daily News

MS-271

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Peerless Mayfield Photograph Collection
1913-1979, 3 lin. ft.

William Preston Mayfield's primary interests were in aerial and aviation related photography. This collection includes many images of early Dayton and surrounding communities at a variety of angles from altitudes up to 20,000 feet. The majority of the aerial images are from a low oblique angle, taken at an altitude of under 1000 feet, excellent for close detail of urban industrial and commercial districts. Also included in this collection are photos of Dayton area homes and businesses, advertising art, and various people. Please note: permission to duplicate Mayfield photos is required.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Photographic Collections, Dayton Daily News

MS-348

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William Preston Mayfield Photograph Collection - Egbert
1910-1960, 3.5 lin. ft.

This collection visually documents early flight history in Dayton as well as the larger impact of the first flights on America and the world. It also contains vivid photographs of the growth of the city of Dayton and the homes in the area, as well as a vast collection of aerial photographs of Columbus, Ohio. Please note: permission to duplicate Mayfield photos is required.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Photographic Collections, Aviation, Dayton Daily News

MS-4

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Glenn Thompson Papers
1948-1982, 5 lin. ft.

Thompson was a Dayton, Ohio, journalist and editor of the Dayton Journal Herald. His papers consist of correspondence, reports, clippings, speeches, memos, photographs, and printed materials reflecting his wide-ranging interests in education, politics, environmental problems, historic preservation, and journalism. Correspondents include Richard Nixon, Robert Oelman, Stanley Allyn, Clarence Brown, and James Rhodes.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Dayton Daily News

MS-422

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Dayton Daily News Ten Top Women of Dayton Collection
1962-2008, .5 lin. ft.

This collection contains information regarding the Dayton Daily News Ten Top Women Awards which annually featured ten Dayton-area women who had been nominated for this award for professional, community, or personal achievements. Materials in this collection include newspaper articles with brief biographies about the award recipients and programs from the awards ceremony luncheons. Also included are video recordings of the luncheons where the women were honored for their achievements and selection for this award.

Subject Area(s): Women, Dayton Daily News

MS-450

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James Keen Photographic Collection
1933-1946 (bulk 1941-1945), 12.5 lin. ft.

James Keen was a newspaper photographer for a number of newspapers throughout the country, including the Dayton Journal-Herald. This collection consists of approximately 9,300 black and white negatives and black and white photographs. These photographs were taken from 1937 to 1946 in and around the Miami Valley, including Dayton, Wright and Patterson Fields and other nearby Ohio areas. As a newspaper photographer, many of these photographs were taken to accompany news in the Dayton Journal Herald.

Subject Area(s): Photographic Collections, Dayton Daily News

MS-458

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Dayton Daily News Archive
1890-2004 (bulk 1930-1980), 2090 cubic feet

Photographs, negatives, and news clippings, span obituary, personality, and subject files generated by the Dayton Daily News and the former Journal Herald in the twentieth century. The collection documents the local and regional history of Dayton and the Miami Valley in Ohio, and its role on a national scale, particularly during the period 1930 to 1980. Daytonís history is a rich example of American ingenuity and perseverance. Considered the cradle of invention in the early 1900s, Dayton generated more patents than any other city in America. Creativity in technology, local government, literature, music, and dance are documented in the photographs. Dayton was the site of the invention of the airplane, the creation and implementation of the city manager form of government, and the first cash register. The Archives documents a strong history of the womenís club movement, innovative industrial development, dynamic political figures, ground-breaking aviation technology, a vital military establishment, strong progressivism, and diplomatic milestones, such as the Dayton Peace Accords. Dayton was the first city to establish a conservancy district to protect against devastating flood waters. The spirit and history of Daytonís innovators and the lives of its citizens are told in the photographs and stories recorded in the newspaper.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Education and Local Schools, Inventors and Inventions, Local Sports, Photographic Collections, Politics, Dayton Daily News

MS-461

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D. L. Stewart Papers
1975-2012, 3.75 lin. ft.

This collection documents the career of Dayton Daily News columnist and Kettering resident, D. L. Stewart. The collection is entirely made up of Stewartís column from 1975 to 2012. The column was nationally syndicated in 1980 and featured over fifty newspapers nationwide. In the column Stewart discusses popular culture, sports, and family in a humorous and sometimes sincere tone. Stewart has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize five times and is the author of four books.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Dayton Daily News

MS-468

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Jim Fain Collection
1929-2009, 4.7 lin. ft.

The Jim Fain Collection consists of materials related to the illustrious career of Jim Fain, a nationally recognized newspaper editor and columnist. The collection consists of biographical material, speeches, news articles, correspondence and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Dayton Daily News

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