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MFM-101

Seward Funeral Home Records
1887-1899, 1 reel

Consists of a volume of indexed records from a Cincinnati funeral home.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MFM-102

Funeral Home (Unknown) Records
1899-1923, 1 reel

Consists of a typed transcript of the records of an unidentified Cincinnati funeral home.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MFM-103

Gerhardt Funeral Home Records
1853-1879, 1 reel

Consists of one volume of indexed Cincinnati funeral home records.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MFM-106

Vitt Stermer Funeral Home Records
1933-1958, 2 reels

Consists of 15 volumes of indexed burial records which include detailed expenses for each funeral. Vitt Stermer Funeral Home is located in Cincinnati.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MFM-110

Rebold Funeral Home Records
1897-1949, 3 reels

Collection consists of 15 volumes of burial registers from a Cincinnati funeral home. Early registers include name, place and date of interment, and funeral expenses. Beginning in 1906, additional information is recorded including age, occupation, residence, religion, and cause and place of death. After 1918, the name and birthplace of parents are included. All the volumes are indexed.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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-51

Hodapp Funeral Home Records
1903-1954, 2 reels

Consists of ten volumes of indexed records from a Cincinnati funeral home.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MFM-84

Hawthorne Funeral Home Records
1914-1967, 1 reel

Consists of four volumes of records of a Cincinnati funeral home.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MFM-99

Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home Records
1868-1950, 1 reel

Consists of nine volumes of indexed records from this Cincinnati funeral home.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-107

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Dayton Gems Hockey Team Scrapbooks
1964-1988, 8 volumes

Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and photographs which follow the history of professional hockey in Dayton. There is information about players, trades, media coverage, fans, statistics, and league standings.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local Sports

MS-109

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Clayton J. Brukner Papers
1929-1963, 21 lin. ft.

Collection consists primarily of business records from the WACO Aircraft Company in Troy, Ohio, which was owned by Brukner, and various printed materials relating to aviation. The business records include minutes of the WACO Board of Directors and stockholders meetings, extensive financial records, photographs, administrative files pertaining to WACO's manufacture of World War II aircraft, and materials related to Bruckner's membership in the Aircraft Manufacturer's Association. Also included are patent case files and product information with instruction manuals and parts lists.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Business and Industry

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-148

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Dayton Malleable Iron Company Records
1882-1947, 15 lin. ft.

Includes business records consisting of journals, cash books, trial balances, ledgers, purchase records, production, shipping and sales records, and payroll books.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-149

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O.S. Kelly Company Records
1881-1965, 130 lin. ft.

Collection contains Board of Directors' minutes, financial records, correspondence, subject files, photographs, and production records of a Springfield-based manufacturer of steam tractors and threshing machines. Also included in a large collection of drawings and blueprints. Note: Collection stored off-site and needs to be requested prior to visit.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-15

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Minster Loan and Savings Company Papers
1883-1937, .5 lin. ft.

Consists of annual reports and director's minutes of an Auglaize County, Ohio, bank that failed in 1937.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-150

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James Leffel and Company Records
1861-1938, 60 lin. ft.

Records consist of ledgers, journals, order books, inventories, cash and day books, payroll files, correspondence, photographs, and publications of a late 19th- and early 20th-century Springfield manufacturer of turbines and water wheels. Note: Collection stored off-site and needs to be requested prior to visit.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-153

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Pretzinger Architectural Collection
1890-1950, 23 lin. ft.

Consists of blueprints, drawings, business records, and photographs from the Albert Pretzinger architectural firm located in Dayton. Collection provides examples of architectural styles of residences, schools, churches, hospitals, and commercial buildings in the Dayton area designed by Pretzinger and his associates from 1890-1950. The business records include correspondence, working papers, memos, and financial records.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-16

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West Liberty Wheel Company Records
1871-1876, .5 lin. ft.

Consists of one volume of minutes of a 19th-century Logan County wheel manufacturer.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-168

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Dayton Power and Light Company Records
1933-1986, 2.5 lin. ft.

Consists of a scattered collection of Dayton Power and Light publications including the Forward (1933-1972), the DP&L News (1972-1975), DP&L People (1984-1986), and QP Today (1985-1986). Publications contain information about the history of DP&L, the utilities industry, and management and marketing trends within the industry.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-169

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Dayton Cooperative History Project Records
1968-1972, 2.5 lin. ft.

The purpose of the Dayton Cooperative History Project was to identify and locate the widely scattered and unindexed business, church, and other institutional records which document the history of Dayton. This collection consists of papers and records gathered to prepare a preliminary inventory of available historical sources and includes pamphlets, brochures, correspondence, clippings, notes, and inventory forms.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Religion, Civic Organizations

MS-17

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Wolf and Wolf Segar Company Records
1867-1872, .5 lin. ft.

Consists of a minute book of a 19th-century Dayton cigar manufacturing company.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-173

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New Paris General Store Records
1846-1847, 2 volumes

The daybooks are the daily records of an unknown general store in New Paris, Ohio, kept between 1846 and 1847. Included in the books are a record of items purchased and prices. The owner also documents his charges for performing contract building work and cartage fees to and from Hamilton, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-189

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Rike's Historical Collection
1911-1979, 6 lin. ft.

Consists of files kept by the Rike-Kumler Department Store to use as a resource for advertisements and anniversary celebrations. Includes photographs of Rike's stores, window displays, and promotional events, as well as various company publications, audio recordings of both Frederick Rike and David Rike, press releases, executive biographies, and advertisements.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-19

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Wapakoneta Building and Saving Society Records
1900-1912, .5 lin. ft.

Records consist of two volumes of minutes of an Auglaize County financial institution.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-199

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Dayco Corporation Historical Collection
1934-1970, 6 lin. ft.

An eclectic collection of photographs, product catalogs, correspondence, memos, reports, personnel records, and financial records from a Dayton manufacturer of tire and rubber products.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-20

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Strayer General Store Records
1855-1915, 19 volumes.

Consists primarily of financial records including sales journals, a cashbook, customer ledger and general journals of a small general store in DeGraff, a village in Logan County, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-200

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Adam Schantz, Sr. Estate Records
1903-1956, 58 volumes

After his father's death in 1903, Adam Schantz, Jr. took over the brewery and real estate interests of Adam Schantz, Sr. The records from the Adam Schantz, Sr. Estate include account books, cash books, ledgers, and financial journals which record the extensive business, financial, and real estate interests of the Schantz Family in the Dayton area. These interests included the Moraine Development Company, Gem City Realty, Reliable Insurance Company, the Citizen's Lighting Company (later DP&L), the Mead Engine Company, and the Dayton Breweries Company.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-201

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Permanent Building and Savings Association Records
1874-1943, 18 volumes

Records consist of Board of Trustees minutes, lists of stockholders, cash books, weekly receipts, loan applications, and records of individual borrowers. The early records are in German, and the majority of borrowers and stockholders in the 19th century have German surnames. Permanent Building and Savings Association was taken over by State Fidelity Savings in 1943.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-202

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Dayton Manufacturing Company Records
1883-1956, 35 lin. ft.

The principle business of the Dayton Manufacturing Company was the manufacture of railway car hardware, although the company later branched out into electric and oil headlamps and brass works. Records in this collection include quarterly and annual reports, agreements and contracts with outside companies, legal documents concerning ownership and royalties from patents, extensive financial records which provide information about the daily operating activities of the company, and files containing correspondence with firms doing business with the Dayton Manufacturing Company. Also included are files which document the Metal Polisher's Union strike of 1900-1901. These records contain names and addresses of union members, police-blotters with brief accounts of union demonstrations, and newspaper clippings.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-208

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Davies Building Company Records
1915-1970, .25 lin. ft.

Records consist of Board of Directors' minutes for this Dayton-based company which was involved in building and maintaining commercial real estate properties in the Miami Valley region. Also included are the company's Articles of Incorporation, some correspondence, and legal documents.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-209

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Dayton Electric Railway Historical Collection
1907-1930, .5 lin. ft.

An eclectic collection of materials related to Dayton's electric railway transit system in the early 20th century. Included are schedules, transit maps, franchise documents, scattered financial records, and advertisements. Of particular interest is a 1930 study of Dayton's interurban transit system, and papers relating to a labor dispute in 1918.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Railroad and Canal History

MS-21

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Logan County Business Records
1838-1894, 3 volumes.

A collection of 19th century business records from three different stores in Logan County. Includes financial records, day-by-day account books listings transactions and customers names, and ledger books.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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.

To view items from this collection online, please visit CORE Scholar.

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

MS-24

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Wapakoneta Farmer's Bank Records
1903-1922, 12 volumes

Contains financial records including cashbooks, journals, and discount registers of an Auglaize County, Ohio bank that failed in 1922.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-25

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Stillwater Valley Bank Records
1872-1929, 10 volumes

Contains ten volumes of financial records including daily statements, discount registers, journals, and ledgers from an Auglaize County, Ohio, bank that failed in 1929.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-251

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Duriron Corporation Historical Collection Records
1912-1992, 20 lin. ft.

Materials in this collection consist of advertising and sales literature, annual reports, product bulletins, a complete set of the company's newsletters, sales records, press releases, historical documents, application manuals, photographs, and copies of advertising art. Duriron began operation in Dayton in the early 20th century as a supplier of corrosion-resistant castings for the chemical industry. They have since diversified into manufacturing pumps and valves and producing cooling and filtration systems for the brewing industry.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-255

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Reynolds and Reynolds Company Records
1892-1920, 12 volumes

Consists of ledgers containing departmental account records, cash debits, customer credits, and product information for various products manufactured by the company.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-258

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Charles Colbert Papers
1966-1971, 1 lin. ft.

Papers consist of business correspondence, brochures, and working papers pertaining to Colbert's involvement with the Dayton-Miami Valley Consortium and the Wright State University Engineering Department. See also, MS-234.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Wright State University

MS-26

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Citizen's State Bank Records
1907-1934, 13 volumes

Consists of 13 volumes of discount registers, journals and ledgers from an Auglaize County, Ohio bank that failed in 1934.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-262

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Frigidaire Historical Collection
1913-1980, 6 lin. ft.

Collection contains a wide assortment of materials concerning the activities of the Frigidaire Corporation in the Dayton area. Included are materials pertaining to the history of Frigidaire, product manuals and literature, promotional materials, company publications, photographs of executives, plants, and products, clippings, scrapbooks, audio tapes, and films.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-27

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Pleasant Hill Bank Records
1910-1930, 10 volumes, .5 lin. ft.

Collection consists of ten volumes of financial records and a box of loose papers which include the minutes of the Bank Directors' regular meetings from 1925 until the bank failed in 1930. Pleasant Hill is located in Miami County, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-277

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Boyer Funeral Home Records
1905-1978, 12.5 lin. ft.

The collection contains nearly 1200 funeral home records spanning 1922-1978 and account ledger books dating from 1905-1920, 1935-1938. Included in the collection are obituaries and death records. The collection is arranged by date and alphabetically there under.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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-298

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Price Brothers Collection
1877-2006 (bulk 1940-1970), 36 lin. ft.

The Price Brothers Company Records documents the history of the Price Brothers Company, products produced by the company and its major components, and construction projects the company completed around the United States and abroad, including China and Libya.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-305

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W.J. Blanchard, Aeroproducts, Inc. Collection
1925-1960, 3.5 lin. ft.

W. J. Blanchard, an inventor and respected Dayton businessman, co-founded Engineering Products, Inc. in 1935. The company was the first to develop a new propeller known as the “aeroprop”. In 1940, General Motors Corporation purchased Engineering Products, renamed it Aeroproducts, and instilled Blanchard as its first General Manager. The collection consists of administrative records, engineering blueprints, aviation handbooks, and personal materials.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Aviation

MS-33

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Historic Business Letterheads Collection
1885-1908, .5 lin. ft.

A collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century business letters, primarily written to the O.S. Kelly Company in Springfield, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-336

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Lowe Brothers Company Photographic Collection
ca. 1900-1920, .5 lin. ft.

The collection includes 2 boxes of 20 lantern slides and 13 glass negatives. The lantern slides generally depict scenes of life in the Lowe Brothers factory and date to the early twentieth century. The glass negatives depict an unidentified family of the same period.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-34

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Troy Buggy Work Company Records
1891-1909, .5 lin. ft.

Consists of one volume of minutes of the company from its inception in 1891 until its bankruptcy and receivership in July 1909.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-35

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Bimel Buggy Company Records
1905-1916, .5 lin. ft.

Records consist of one book of minutes and one plant appraisal and inventory volume.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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-368

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Dayton Area Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Records
1951-2007 (bulk 1970-2007), 2 lin. ft.

The collection includes minutes from meetings, financial statements, a scrapbook, some photographs, Who’s Who directories for Insurance Agents, speeches from presenters and presidents, and awards.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-373

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National Cash Register Collection
1897-1984, 1.5 lin. ft.

The collection documents the history of an important manufacturing firm in Dayton, Ohio from its beginnings in 1884 up to its centennial in 1984. Through this collection, researchers can follow the financial evolution of the company, view many of the products it produced in the first hundred years, and gain insight into the effect the company had on its neighborhood. Included are annual reports, product literature, photographs, and lantern slides.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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-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-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-406

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Frigidaire TOM (Tired Old Men) Club Records
1916-2008, 7.1 lin. ft.

This collection consists of assorted photographs, documents, publications, and memorabilia, collected by former employees of the Frigidaire Corporation. Within are numerous photographs showing different aspects of early founders and employees, as well as many motivational get-togethers. Also included are a number of technical manuals and training aids, demonstrating the business end of the company. The Tired Old Men (TOM) club is a group of several hundred retired Frigidaire employees and supervisors who meet monthly and keep in touch with one-another.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, 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-42

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Middletown Hydraulic Canal Company Records
1851-1969, 6 lin. ft.

Contains minutes of the Board of Trustees, articles of incorporation, business correspondence, and financial records including yearly tax returns for 1910-1967, and an itemized list of the cost of construction of the hydraulic during the years 1852-1854. Also included are legal files containing land agreements, leases, indentures, and a box of maps and drawings of the hydraulic at different locations.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Railroad and Canal History

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-445

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Miami Valley Literacy Council Records
1964-2010 (bulk 1980-2010), 9.5 lin. ft.

The Miami Valley Literacy Council (MVLC) was organized in 1964 by a group of women who realized that many adults in the city of Dayton, Ohio, were unable to read. The collection includes board minutes, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, student work, training manuals, photographs, a scrapbook, and newsletters. Most items are by or about the Miami Valley Literacy Council, a volunteer-based non-profit organization with the mission of helping individuals to achieve literacy. Some of the collection contains articles on general literacy, most of this can be found in the newspaper clippings and magazine articles.

Subject Area(s): Education and Local Schools, Civic Organizations, Business and Industry

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-452

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Dorothy Harbach Papers
1951-1978, 1.25 lin. ft.

The Dorothy Harbach Papers consists of materials from two of her places of employment (WLW-D Channel 2 and Rike’s Department Store). Many of the materials in this collection are advertisements and marketing techniques for the two businesses as Ms. Harbach was involved in their promotional offices. There are also materials which give insight into her professional career.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Women

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. Dayton’s 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 women’s 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 Dayton’s 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

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-466

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Dale D. Smith Architectural Collection
1970-2007, 20 lin. ft.

Dale D. Smith was a Dayton, Ohio architect who began working at Richard Levin Associates in 1966 and later founded Dale D. Smith Architects in 1982. The Dale D Smith Architectural Collection comprises architectural drawings, plans and sketches, photographs, notes, correspondence and other paperwork pertaining mainly to projects worked on by Dale D. Smith at Dale D. Smith Associates. Some architectural drawings were created by Smith whilst working as a consultant for other companies.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-471

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Wright Company Records
1905-1917, 0.6 lin. ft.

The Wright Company was formed in November 1909 with Wilbur Wright as President and Orville Wright one of two Vice-Presidents. In 1915, Orville sold the company to a group of investors, which later merged the company with the Martin Company. The records consist of copies of material from the Wright Company Records held by the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. Included in the records are Wright Company board of directors meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and legal documents, including articles of incorporation, selling of the company, and the merger with the Martin Company. Also included are copies of ledgers that document a variety of financial transactions. The records do not include any information concerning Wright Company personnel.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Collections, Aviation, Business and Industry

MS-484

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Miami Valley Atomic Energy Show Collection
1948, 0.25 lin. ft.

This collection contains papers and photographs regarding the Atomic Energy Show “Living with Atomic Energy” that was held April 29-May 1, 1948, in the auditorium and gymnasium of Miamisburg High School, Miamisburg, Ohio. The event was free and open to the public. This three-day event strove to inform the public of the development, tools and use of atomic energy. With the help of Monsanto Chemical Company and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, exhibits were developed and lectures given to make atomic energy easily understandable to the public.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

MS-6

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Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railroad Records
1840-1877, 1 lin. ft.

Contains newspaper clippings, circulars, documents, and business correspondence from the scrapbook of an early president of the C.H. and D. Railroad. Another group of materials consists of copies of articles from the American Railroad Journal (1847-1855) pertaining to railroads in the Miami Valley area.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Railroad and Canal History

MS-69

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Miamisburg Hydraulic Canal Records
1867-1924, 1 volume

Contains Board of Director's minutes, financial records, and maps from a Miamisburg-West Carrollton, Ohio, water power company.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Railroad and Canal History

MS-70

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Dayton Telephone Company Records
1923, 1 volume

A scrapbook containing 103 images of telephone pole lines in Dayton, photographed in March 1923. Each image is identified as to its exact location.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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-77

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Osborn Removal Company Records
1920-1928, 8 lin. ft.

The Osborn Removal Company was organized in 1920 to relocate the Greene County, Ohio, town of Osborn, which was situated on land marked by the Miami Conservancy District as part of its flood plain. The records contain papers retained after the company's dissolution in 1928, including the company's charter, minutes of all official meetings, maps, and papers concerning acquisition of lands, copies of purchase agreements, correspondence, tax information, copies of deeds and informational booklets. Please note restrictions prohibit publication for personal monetary gain.

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

MS-9

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Ohler and Buchanan Livery Stable Records
1834-1901, .5 lin. ft.

Records reflect the sales, expenses, services, and customers of a Wapakoneta-St. Mary's livery business. Includes a daybook, an account book, and a team book.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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

SC-11

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Business Ledger Records
1867-1868, 1 folder

A cash ledger from an unknown general store listing household goods sold to various individuals.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

SC-123

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Williams Architectural Drawings
1926-1987, 1 folder

Three sets of architectural drawings of homes in the Dayton Area. Located in OS130, File 1

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

SC-134

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"The Kite Craze" Pamphlet
ca. 1899, 1 folder

Scientific Kites and how to Fly them - a 15-page illustrated pamphlet used as a sales catalogue for E.I. Horsman

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Business and Industry

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Secretary of War Newton Baker Letter
1918, 1 folder

Mimeographed letter from Secretary of War Newton Baker to Mr. Talbott, President of Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, 1918.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Business and Industry, Politics

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Dayton-Wright Company Record of Employees
1922-1924, 1 folder

Information concerning seven employees of the Dayton-Wright Company between 1922 and 1924.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Business and Industry, Wright Brothers Collections

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Henry L. Booher Automobiles
1892-1900

Postcards and photograph of early automobiles, plus newspaper clipping reporting the death of Henry Lynn Booher, a pioneer automobile builder in Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Photographic Collections

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Parkmoor Drive-In Restaurant, Dayton, Ohio
1953-1988, 1 folder

Photographs, newspaper clippings, and newsletters concerning the Parkmoor Drive-In Restaurant chain.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Photographic Collections

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Boyer's, the Circus and Other Historical Reminiscences
2003, 1 folder

Paper written by Chip Boyer containing information on the Boyer family, famous patrons of the Boyer business, and the families' involvement with the funeral business.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Paul Laurence Dunbar Materials, Wright Brothers Collections

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Western Ohio Railway Official Time Table
1922, 1 folder

Western Ohio Railway Official Time Table, effective October 23, 1922.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Barney and Smith Dedication
1996, 1 folder

Photographs of the dedication ceremony of the Smith & Barney First Class Railroad Car at Carillon Park, Dayton, Ohio, 1996

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Photographic Collections

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Springfield (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce Booklet
ca. 1924, 1 folder

Booklet contains information regarding the history, architecture, businesses, schools, organizations, government, agriculture, manufacturing and residential areas of Springfield, published around 1924.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Early Farm Machinery Advertisements
1878-1879, 1 folder

Late 19th-century advertisements for agricultural machinery.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Jack Ohmart Collection
1944, 1 folder

Instructions for the Dalton Dead Reckoning Computer Type E-6B, dated 1944, and typed explanation of the circular slide rule, containing handwritten notes and drawings.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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WACO Custom Cabins Parts Price Lists
ca. 1930s, 1 folder

Price booklets and instruction lists for WACO Custom Cabins from the late 1930s

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Business and Industry

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Edward Durst Collection
1903-1956, 1 folder

Variety of materials concerning Dayton, Ohio, including a Sunday School teacher's class book, first report of the Dayton Department of Public Safety, a report from the Dayton Fire Department, and from Durst Flour Corporation. Dates range from 1903 to 1956.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Religion, Civic Organizations

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First National Bank of Troy, Ohio Records
1887, 1 folder

This is a letter listing the bank's stockholders and their shares in the institution.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Reliable Jack Company Ledger
1934-1940, 1 folder

General ledger book for the Reliable Jack Company of Dayton, covering 1934-1940.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Frigidaire Recipe Book
1931, 1 folder

Frigidaire recipe book used as advertising for GM's Frigidaire division, dated 1931.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Roxanne Post Office Records
1899-1906, 1 folder

This collection contains the postmaster's account and record books for the Roxanne (Greene County), Ohio, post office. Please note that the town of Roxanne no longer exists as it was submerged during the creation of Caesar's Creek State Park.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Elder-Beerman Staff Photos
1962, 1 folder

Two staff photographs from 1962 documenting the 20-Year and 25-year club members, who are identified under the photos.

Subject Area(s): Photographic Collections, Business and Industry

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Dayton Map
1925, 1 item

This collection contains a medium-sized fold-out map of the city of Dayton for 1925. The map also details demographic data for 1925 as well as a list of general business areas labeled where “Dayton Leads the World in Manufacture.” The map was produced by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Civic Organizations

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NCR Factory News and Construction Photographs
1955-1957, 13 items

This collection contains 11 photographs of construction projects at NCR during the period of 1955-1957. Also included are select pages from NCR’s Factory News, with articles from May-October 1957 on construction projects.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Machine Tooling Catalogs
1926, Undated, 1 folder

This collection contains two catalogs. The first is on Turret Lathe Tools, manufactured by the Warner & Swasey Company in Cleveland, Ohio, dated 1926. The second concerns crank shapers, manufactured by the R.A. Kelly Company in Xenia, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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ODOT Structure File: Stewart Street Bridge
2008, 1 folder

This collection contains an extensive study of the Stewart Street Bridge in Dayton, Ohio, completed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in July 2008. The text contains an extremely thorough compilation of written historical and descriptive data and a bibliography of sources. Also included are 21 negatives and photographs which document the textual history of this Dayton structure.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Business and Industry

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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

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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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Historic American Engineering Record: Veterans Memorial Bridge
2008

This collection contains the 2008 report of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) report on the Veterans Memorial Bridge (also known as the Edwin Moses Bridge) located in Dayton, Ohio. The document is the official bound archival copy which contains a description, brief history, bibliography and 13 photographs documenting the history of this structure.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Farmer's Institute of Bethel Township
1899-1909, 1 folder

This volume records the minutes of an early 20th-century agricultural improvement society from 1899 to 1909.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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A Legend Rare of Frigidaire
1926, 1 item

This collection consists of a single promotional pamphlet produced by Delco/Frigidaire in 1926. The pamphlet contains a story-poem to describe a fictional story of Aladdin and his “cold chest” [i.e. refrigerator]. This pamphlet provides insight into the creative nature of some of Delco/Frigidaire’s promotional material.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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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

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Frederick Moler Farm Journal
1850-1878, 1 folder

This ledger book contains notations providing useful insight on Ohio farm life in the mid-19th century, dating between 1850 and 1878.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Esplanade Hotel Records
1912-1915, 1 folder

Collection contains the minutes from the hotel owners' meetings from 1912 to 1915.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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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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H.A. Billings Papers
1887, 1 folder

Transcription of a speech made by G. Blyth of Smith Barney Railroad Car Company addressing his foreman, Billings. Note: original is located at the Dayton and Montgomery County Library.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry

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Glenn Osborn Wright Brothers Collection
1889-1915, 1 folder

Contains receipts from the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, copies of the Westside News, copy of a Wright stock certificate, and postcards sent by Katharine Wright to Glenn Osborn.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Wright Brothers Collections, Business and Industry

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Germantown Historic Railroad Collection
ca. 1880s, 1 folder

Book produced by the Germantown Historical Society containing photocopies of records of two railroads from the 1880s.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Railroad and Canal History

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Pennsylvania Airline Company Records
ca. 1920, 1 folder

Photographs, map, and copies of records from the Pennsylvania Airline Company.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Business and Industry

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Glenn L. Martin Company Records
1917, 1 folder

Information regarding Martin Company financial statements.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Aviation

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