Care and Preservation of our Architectural Heritage

Hello, my fellow history buffs! My name is Allie Edmonds and I am graduate student in the Wright State University Public History program. This semester I’ve had the pleasure of completing my capstone project with SC&A. Throughout my project, I’ve gained a great deal of experience in archival preservation, which includes proper cleaning and storage of architectural drawings and blueprints. These materials were a new accession for the Archives and the Pretzinger Architectural Collection (MS-153).Did you know that every building tells a story? Throughout history drawings have been used to explain principles, implement design concepts, construct new architecture, and document the creative processes. Not only can we learn about a building’s history through these designs, but each drawing and blueprint can be appreciated for its artistry. For centuries, architects have been the cornerstone of every building and are responsible for bringing them to life.According to the Society of American Archivists (SAA), architectural records include a variety of material and physical types that should be individually assessed in terms of preservation needs.

Material types of records commonly found in architectural record collection include:

  • Original drawings – working drawings, colored renderings, structural drawings, sketchbooks, trace papers, and tracing cloth, such as linens
  • Reproductions – blueprints, sepias, white lines, photographic, hectographic, photomechanical, plotter prints
  • Documentation – specifications, planning documents, office records, photographs, films, videos, oral histories, computer records
  • Three Dimensional -architectural models, plaster maquettes, awards, original office furniture, product samples

Physical types of materials:

  • Papers
  • Plastics
  • Adhesives
  • Wood
  • Art media (graphite, ink, charcoal)

Proper Storage of Architectural Collections:

  • Keep collections in a cool environment away from light, heat, and high relative humidity
  • Store in acid free folders that can be put into horizontal flat files
  • Store in archival roll storage tubes and stack by number or title (honeycomb approach)

For more information please visit:—an-alternative-honeycomb-for-rolled-projects.pdf?sfvrsn=4

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New Digital Content: Raoul Lufbery WWI Materials

We are pleased to announce that a new digital collection from the Raoul Lufbery Collection (MS-502) is now freely available online, anytime, through the Wright State University Campus Online Repository, at CORE Scholar: Raoul Lufbery Collection. The digital collection includes selected photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to Lufbery’s World War I service. For the full contents of the original collection, see the collection finding aid.

Portrait of Raoul Lufbery, June 1917 (from MS-502 Raoul Lufbery Collection)

Portrait of Raoul Lufbery, June 1917 (ms502_62_06_28)

Born Gervais Raoul Lufbery on March 14, 1885, in Chamalières, Puy-de-Dôme, France, Lufbery immigrated to the United States about 1904. He became an American citizen and served briefly in the U.S. Army. Lufbery would joined the Foreign Legion as a mechanic at the beginning of World War I, later receiving his pilot wings in 1914.

In May 1916, Lufbery was assigned to the recently-formed Escadrille Americaine. He was later reassigned to the United States Air Service, after American entry into WWI in 1917.

Lufbery was a very successful ace pilot, shooting down at least 17 German planes. Unfortunately, this success and glory was short-lived.

On May 19, 1918, with enemy planes coming closer to the airfield for the 94th Pursuit Squadron, Lufbery rushed into the air without performing his usual pre-flight check. Soon his plane took a direct hit from the enemy. In order to escape the burning plane, Lufbery jumped out and was impaled on a fence post, dying instantly. Lufbery received full military honors at his funeral and is interred at the Lafayette Memorial du Parc de Garches, the shrine honoring the Escadrille Lafayette, just outside Paris, France.

This digital project has been a collaborative effort between the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the University Libraries’ Digital Initiatives and Repository Services (DIRS) Department, which provided the digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of digital content to CORE Scholar.

Please visit the Special Collections & Archives’ CORE Scholar page to browse additional digital collections. Don’t forget to check out the University Archives’ CORE Scholar page as well.

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Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society Meeting, April 1, 2019, 7pm

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society will take place on Monday, April 1, at 7:00pm. All are welcome!

Frank Alfter will present “Anatomy of a Shootdown.”

Mr. Alfter will share the story of his father’s World War II experience as a tail gunner with the 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group. On April 13, 1944, his father’s B-17 was shot down while on a mission, his 23rd, to Schweinfurt, Germany. The pilot, navigator and his father were captured and spent 13 months as prisoners of war.

The program will be held at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

For questions about the event, please call 937-775-2092 or email

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