Archives hosts Wright Brothers Newspaper Open House

We hosted a special open house on Tuesday, September 29, to celebrate the digitization of the Wright Brothers Newspapers Digital Archive project, completed earlier this year.

Attendees at the open house were invited to discover the history of the Wright Brothers’ printing business (which they operated from 1889 to 1899), see the original newspapers and other items from the Wright Brothers Collection, learn about the digitization process, hear story highlights from the newspapers, and more.

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, shares one of Bishop Milton Wright's diary entries with Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director of Dayton Metro Library.

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, shares one of Bishop Milton Wright’s diary entries with Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director of Dayton Metro Library.

Tanya Ellenburg-Kimmet, Digitization Specialist, demonstrates the use of the Indus scanner, used to digitize the newspapers, for Dayton Metro Library administrators Jamie McQuinn, Rachel Gut, and David Slivken.

Tanya Ellenburg-Kimmet, Digitization Specialist, demonstrates the use of the Indus scanner, used to digitize the newspapers, for Dayton Metro Library administrators Jamie McQuinn, Rachel Gut, and David Slivken.

Bill McIntire, Reference Librarian at Dayton Metro Library, and Lisa Rickey, Digital Initiatives Archivist at Special Collections & Archives, talk about the history of the Wright Brothers printing business, as well as the process of preparing the issues for digitization. Also pictured are Dayton Metro Library administrators Jamie McQuinn, Special Collections Manager; Rachel Gut, Deputy Director; Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director; and David Slivken, Assistant Director for Patron Services.

Bill McIntire, Reference Librarian at Dayton Metro Library, and Lisa Rickey, Digital Initiatives Archivist at Special Collections & Archives, talk about the history of the Wright Brothers printing business, as well as the process of preparing the issues for digitization. Also pictured are Dayton Metro Library administrators Jamie McQuinn, Special Collections Manager; Rachel Gut, Deputy Director; Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director; and David Slivken, Assistant Director for Patron Services.

The Wright Brothers Newspapers Digital Archive, a partnership project between the Wright State University Libraries and the Dayton Metro Library, comprises the most complete run of Wright Brothers’ newspapers available to date. It includes 132 total issues from three titles: The Midget (1 issue, April 1886), West Side News (53 issues, March 1889 – May 1890), and Evening Item (78 issues, April 30-June 14, 1890).

All existing issues are available online in CORE Scholar, Wright State University’s Campus Online Repository, and will also soon be available on Dayton Metro Library‘s digital repository, Dayton Remembers.

This project was made possible through a donation to the Communication Department at Wright State University from The Greenwood Family.

Additional photographs from the Wright Brothers Newspaper Open House can be found in our Facebook album.

For more information about the project:

Thanks to everyone who came out to learn about our project. We were so glad to share it with you!

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