Special Collections and Archives, in support of Wright State University's mission of educational excellence, collects, preserves, and provides access to primary sources that document the history of aviation, aviation technology, and the legacy of the Wright Brothers for which the University is named, the local and regional history of the Miami Valley, and the history of Wright State University. Also documented are the history of medicine, local medical history and aerospace medicine. Special Collections and Archives encourages and promotes the use of those materials for teaching, learning, research, and public service.
What to Donate
We work closely with donors to identify those materials of research interest that should be preserved. Although not all papers, photographs, and records fall within the collecting scope fo the Archives, the types of materials listed below are often valuable in their content. These lists are suggestive, but not definitive. To determine what materials are accepted at the current time, please contact Special Collections & Archives.
- Aviation History: Donations of material related to aviation history from kites to the space age are welcome. Materials to be considered include: photographs, films, technical papers and manuals, drawings, flight logbooks and journals, personal and organizational records, and aviation books and journals.
- Personal and Family Papers: The personal papers of individuals and families are essential documents in telling the story of our past. This means not just the papers of the well-known or prominent, but also the farmer, laborer, and housewife. Types of desired documents include: letters, diaries, speeches and lectures, albums, scrapbooks, memoirs and reminiscences, photographs, professional files, and genealogical information.
- Organization Records: The records of our many and varied organizations are vital in documenting the social, religious, political, and business involvement of the Miami Valley. Types of desired documents include: articles of incorporation, constitutions, bylaws, correspondence, planning documents, architectural records, legal documents, meeting minutes, reports, memoranda, newsletters, directories, press releases, membership records, and research and subject files.
- Publications: Desired publications include: county, community, church, and business histories, family histories and genealogies, county atlases, business magazines, organization newsletters, and aviation journals and magazines.
It is not possible for the Archives to accept all materials that are offered. This may be due to duplication, condition, format, or subject areas in which we do not collect. Please note that we do not accept artifacts and suggest you contact the appropriate state, county, or local historical society for information. For further information about our collection policy and how to donate materials, please contact Special Collections & Archives.
For Further Information
For further information regarding donating materials, we encourage you to read our complete collection policy. Additional general information about donating collections can be found in the brochures A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository and A Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository, both published by the Society of American Archivists. All collection donations require a signed Deed of Gift of the materials to the archives. We will also be glad to mail you a copy of the brochures and other information concerning Special Collections and Archives and its programs.
To discuss donating a collection of personal papers or organizational records to the Archives, please contact Special Collections & Archives.