You’re invited to join us for “Archives Fridays” this year! We are launching this new brown bag series at the end of October, and it will continue throughout the academic year. All sessions will be on Fridays and will be discuss an archives-related topic, hence the name: “Archives Fridays.” Each brown bag talk will start with a presentation by one of our archivists, and there will be time for questions and discussion afterwards.
The sessions are open to anyone – faculty, staff, students, and the public. They are free, and no advance registration is necessary. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch, as the sessions will occur during lunchtime. All of the brown bag talks will be held in Dunbar Library, room 315, from 12-1.
All currently scheduled session dates and topics are listed below (and can also be found, along with our other programs, on the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives event calendar). We may add more dates, so please feel free to check back later.
The dates and topics scheduled so far are as follows:
Friday, October 30
Personal Digital Archiving
Are you wondering how to preserve your digital files and memories, such as photos, video, documents, or social media? Join our archivists for some tips and recommendations.
Friday, November 20
The Wright Brothers: More Than Airplanes
Stories about the Wright Brothers and their aviation accomplishments abound, but materials in the Wright Brothers Collection reveal untold stories about their lives beyond airplanes. Come hear some little known tales!
Friday, January 22
Build It and They Will Come: The Story of Wright State
Using photographs and documents from the University Archives, learn about the early development and growth of Wright State from a small branch campus in rural Bath Township to a major metropolitan state university.
Friday, February 19
The Hog Bottom African American Community in Dayton
The Hog Bottom research project looks into the importance of the now defunct Hog Bottom neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio. In many ways Hog Bottom played a seminal role as a springboard for the larger African American community within Dayton, Ohio. The study of Hog Bottom creates an intangible bond to what the lives and day to day experiences of the working class and impoverished African American community in West Dayton Ohio was like from the turn of the 20th century to the 1940’s.
Friday, March 11
Gem City Rocks: The Dayton Music History Project
The Dayton Music History Project is a new initiative by Special Collections and Archives at the Wright State University Libraries to document Dayton’s vernacular and pop music history. Come hear about the project’s successes and about the music that put the Gem City on the “rock and roll” map.
Friday, April 15
Preserving Family Photographs
In celebration of Preservation Week, come and learn some helpful strategies on how to preserve family photographs at home. You will receive tips on how to organize, label, store, and display these priceless memories.
We hope to see you there!