New and Updated Collections Available for Research

We have new manuscript collections available for research!  Click on the links to view the complete online (PDF) finding aids.

The following new collections were recently arranged and described and are now available for research:

Additional materials were recently processed into the following existing collections, so you might want to take another look at them:

New, improved, and/or revised finding aids are now available for:

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Celebrating Wright State’s 50th: New Book!

Throughout the year of 2017, Special Collections & Archives will help celebrate Wright State University’s 50th anniversary with a series of posts honoring the university’s history. We will explore our past through the use of historical resources available in the university archives that help document the story of the university, our faculty, staff, students and alumni. We will highlight historical projects as well as special events and activities being planned throughout the year, with culminating anniversary events to take place in the fall.  For more in-depth information about our 50th anniversary, or if you’d like to begin digging a bit into university history, please see the 50th Anniversary Website, as well as the university history section of the Special Collections & Archives website.

In today’s post, we would like to tell you about a new publication on WSU history written by a recent alum. Rebekkah Mulhollan ’14, a graduate of of the Public History track in the Dept of History, recently had her work, Wright State University, published by Arcadia Press, in their Campus History Series. Rebekkah’s book, which contains well over 170 photos from the university archives, was the product of a rather ambitious capstone project. Work on the book continued well after her graduation and was completed through close collaboration with staff at Special Collections & Archives. It truly was a labor of love for Rebekkah to see this project through, and we are excited to see this project come to fruition, and just in time for the university’s 50 anniversary. A few images of the book are shared below. A small stock of the publication is available at the Barnes and Noble campus bookstore. Copies are also available through Amazon or through Arcadia Press. Congrats, Rebekkah!


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A Night of Dayton Hockey History: Ice Stories with Chuck Gabringer

Dayton hockey fans and sports enthusiasts, please join us on Wednesday, February 22, from 6:30pm-9pm, for an evening of Dayton ice hockey history with local author Chuck Gabringer. This event is free & open to the public and will take place in the Endeavour Room in the Wright State University Student Union. Free parking will be available in Visitor’s Lot 2 by the Student Union. Please register for the event online or by calling 937-775-2092.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. There will be an exhibit on Dayton hockey history and light refreshments will be served. Hockey fans are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey.

Gems’ Rick Bragnalo Moves Puck, November 8, 1975

Chuck Gabringer, a Dayton native, attended Wayne High School and Wright State University. His family’s connection with Dayton hockey began in 1964 when his oldest brother Jim won the Dayton Daily News contest to name the new hockey team the “Gems.” He helped organize the Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational, which ran from 2002-2007 at the Nutter Center, and was a member of the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame election committee. He authored Hockey in Dayton in 2015 and is currently working on a follow-up devoted to the original Dayton Gems.

This program is sponsored by the Wright State University Libraries, Friends of the Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, and the Dayton Hockey Foundation.

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