Episode 3 of “In the Archives: Paul Laurence Dunbar”

Curious about Dayton poet and Library namesake Paul Laurence Dunbar? Episode 3 of “In the Archives” examines his life and legacy. Thank you to the Friends of the Library at Wright State University for sponsoring the series.  The “In the Archives” series was created by Wright State students Amanda Harris and Nicolas Green and supervised by Jen Ware, associate professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the New Media Incubator. Hope you enjoy and be sure to check back for future episodes!

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New Collection: Dayton Chamber Music Society Records

The Dayton Chamber Music Society was a private foundation based out of Dayton, Ohio. The society, which operated from 1954-2015, performed classical music in the city of Dayton through a series of concerts put on annually. The society included members from all walks of life, from members belonging to the Dayton Philharmonic to members who were teachers in the musical field. The Dayton Chamber Music Society shared their love and skill for classical music with the citizens of Dayton by participating in several artistic initiatives throughout the city, and also by providing scholarships for up and coming musical artists.

Newspaper article about Dayton Chamber Music Society performance at Art Institute, February 13, 1957. (MS-531, Box 3, File 5)

Newspaper article about Dayton Chamber Music Society performance at Art Institute, February 13, 1957. (MS-531, Box 3, File 5)

This Dayton Chamber Music Society Records (2.76 linear feet and 13.8 MB) contains the administrative and musical happenings of the Dayton Chamber Music Society over its 64-year history. This collection includes administrative papers such as member lists, meeting minutes and agendas, financial records, member correspondence, and general correspondence on group happenings. This collection also includes performance photos, performance information, newspaper media, pamphlets, and sheet music used by the organization. Materials from this collection date from 1953 to 2016.

Portion of some sheet music (autographed by composer Gregory Shepard) once performed by Dayton Chamber Music Society, 1990. (MS-531, Box 4, File 9)

Portion of some sheet music (autographed by composer Gregory Shepard) once performed by Dayton Chamber Music Society, 1990. (MS-531, Box 4, File 9)

This collection was processed in Spring 2019 by Andrea Miller. For more information about this collection, including a detailed box and file listing, please review the MS-531: Dayton Chamber Music Society Records finding aid.

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New Collection: Clothes That Work Collection

The organization Clothes That Work was created June 12, 1998, with the mission of preparing clients for a self-sufficient life through interview training, educational help, and assistance with obtaining and maintaining a proper professional wardrobe.

A flyer showing clients dressed in clothes for interview (MS-628, Box 6, File 5)

A flyer showing clients dressed in clothes for interview (MS-628, Box 6, File 5)

The organization was created by a group of eight women who wanted to prepare women for the workplace and developed into an organization that prepares all impoverished people who want help, or who need help with more than just work attire.  The organization provides clothes and footwear to those who do not have access to it otherwise, they also provide training for their clients to learn how to act and present themselves professionally, and how to prepare best for an interview. They also provide prom dresses to girls who otherwise would not be able to go because they cannot afford lavish dresses through their event called the Fairy Godmother Project. To support women and raise funds for the organization, they also do fundraising events such as Hunks in Heels, where men wear high-heels and compete for “best legs” and other prizes.

The Clothes That Work Collection (2.31 linear feet and 1177.40 MB) contains administrative files (annual meeting minutes, the constitution and bylaws, and awards and achievements the organization earned); event files (including “Hunks in Heels” and “The Fairy Godmother Project”); marketing materials (including newspaper clippings and brochures,  job listings, and training manuals); and audiovisual materials (photographs and video)

Men showing off their legs for the Hunks in Heels best leg contest (MS-628, Box 2, File 7)

Men showing off their legs for the Hunks in Heels best leg contest (MS-628, Box 2, File 7)

This collection was processed in Spring 2019 by Abigail Search. For more information about this collection, including a detailed box and file listing, please review the MS-628: Clothes That Work Collection finding aid.

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