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L'Aerophile Journal
1903, 1 folder

L'Aerophile's April 1903 edition containing articles on Wright Brothers.

Subject Area(s): Wright Brothers Related, Aviation, Local History



Ladley, Derostus F., Papers
1821-1867, 1 lin ft.

Ladley was a minister of the Christian Church and one of the founders of Antioch College in Yellow Springs. His papers consist of correspondence with his wife, Catherine, and members of their extended families, a collection of Ladley's sermons, financial papers, diaries, and correspondence concerning church affairs.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Religion, Local History



Ladley, Oscar D., Papers
1857-1880, 1 lin. ft.

Ladley was a career army officer who fought in the Civil War with Company G, 75th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was later assigned to Fort Sully in the Dakota Territories. His papers consist primarily of letters written to his mother and sisters in Yellow Springs, Ohio, telling of his Civil Was experiences, and later, his life as a frontier army officer. Also included are some Civil War military records.

Subject Area(s): Civil War, Local History



Ladley/Carr/Totten/Harris/Odiorne Families Photographs
1855-1965, 3 lin. ft.

A collection of portraits, snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes, carte de visites, stereographs, and glass negatives from an extended family in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Subjects include family groups, the Carr Nursery, Antioch College, and a set of autographed portraits and faculty at Ohio Wesleyan College in the 1870s.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections, Local History



Lake, Christopher J., Aviation Collection
1909-1964, .25 lin. ft.

Christopher Lake was an aviation researcher and engineer whose most important aeronautical invention may have been his reaction engine, which was an early form of jet propulsion. The collection includes Lake's patents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and a letter from Orville Wright.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Wright Brothers Related



Lake, Donald Earl, Musical Score
1991, 1 folder

Cassette tape and two handwritten scores of the WSU Fight Song, "Stand Up and Cheer for the Raiders of WSU"

Subject Area(s): Wright State University, Arts, Local History



Lambert, William C., Papers
1917-1982 (bulk 1917-1922, 1969-1982), 2 lin. ft.

Papers include correspondence, photographs, drawings, and printed materials pertaining to Lambert's military service as a World War I flyer. Also included is a copy of Lambert's unpublished manuscript relating his combat experiences. Note: please note possible restrictions concerning publication of materials.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, World War I



Land Survey for the Shelby and Auglaize County Line
1884-1885, 1 folder

Collection contains land surveys that were used to define border between Shelby and Auglaize Counties in Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History



Lang, Edward, Papers
1942-1945, 1 folder

Letters from Lang written while in US Navy during World War II, describing family issues and his role as an investigator of persons of interest in Germany following the war.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Family and Personal Papers



Lanman, Charles, Collected Biographies of 19th-century Ohio Congressmen
1831-1863, 1 folder

This is a collection of autobiographical letters written from various local Congressmen to Charles Lanman.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Local History



Larson, O.T., Aviation Collection
1943, 1 folder

Items relating to Canada's Seventh Post Victory Conference, September 1943, on development of Trans-Canada Airlines.

Subject Area(s): Aviation



Laufer, William, Aviation Collection
1919-1998 (Bulk 1940-1980), 17 lin. ft.

William Laufer was an aviation mechanic for the Southern Ohio Aviation Company and later, an instructor for the Miami Valley Career Technology Center teaching in their FAA Certified Aircraft Mechanic's program. The collection contains aircraft maintenance training material, general federal aviation maintenance guidance, and a variety of aircraft maintenance manuals including manuals for Beechcraft, Cessna, Douglas, and WACO airplanes. The collection also includes parts catalogs and sales brochures for propeller-driven aircraft, including aircraft engines, propellers, and a variety of parts for aircraft including gyroscopes, radios, spark plugs, and generators.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History



Law and Order League of Butler Township Records
1887, 1 folder

Photocopy of the constitution and bylaws of a 19th-century vigilante society in Montgomery County from October 3, 1887.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History



Lays of a Wandering Minstrel Book
1897, 2 items

This collection contains a book by Anne Virginia Culbertson, Lays of a Wandering Minstrel, which reportedly was carried by Paul Laurence Dunbar on his visit to England in 1897. Handwritten notes on the inside front cover document the ownership of the book by Mrs. David Gebhart, and it is signed by the author. Inside the back cover, Mary Ellen Gebhart explains the story of loaning the book to Dunbar and its journey with him. Also included is a photocopy of the original newspaper clipping from March 30, 1897, about Dunbar's trip.

Subject Area(s): Paul Laurence Dunbar, Local History



Leach "Heritage of the Air" Aviation Prints and Harold R. Harris Photograph
1959-1968, 1981, 0.5 lin. ft. (30 items)

The collection consists primarily of 28 aviation prints from Leach International's advertising art series "Heritage of the Air," commemorating WWI era planes, pilots, and events. The full series included 45 images, all painted by Merv Corning. One of the included prints, "The First Bail-Out," depicts the first use of a parachute to save the pilot's life, that of Harold R. Harris in 1922; the print is autographed by Harris. Also included is a 1981 snapshot of Harris standing near the Old North Dayton location of his famous parachute landing.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, World War I, Local History



League of Women Voters of Yellow Springs Records
1946-1984, 2 lin. ft.

Materials include published and unpublished histories of national and local league programs, various organizational and administrative materials, newsletters, bulletins, and files covering various issues studied by the League.

Subject Area(s): Women, Politics, Local History



League of Women Voters, Dayton Area Chapter
1920-2000, 15.75 linear feet

Records include meeting minutes, annual reports, financial records, membership lists, newsletters, and files on local, state, national and international issues that the League studied. Finding aid available. See also MFM-29 for microfilm copies of the Voter's Guide, a League publication.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women, Local History


League of Women Voters, Dayton Area Chapter Records
1945-1981, 1 reel

Consists of the League's publication, The Voter's Guide, which profiles candidates and issues before each general election. See also MS-123.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women, Civic Organizations



Lebaudy-Julliot Airship Postcards
1903, 1 folder

Collection of photo postcards depicting several flights of the Lebaudy-Julliot airship in and around Paris in November 1903.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections



Leffel, James, and Company, Records
1867-1971, 164.3 lin. ft.

Records consist of ledgers, journals, order books, inventories, cash and day books, payroll files, correspondence, photographs, and publications of a late 19th- and early 20th-century Springfield manufacturer of turbines and water wheels. Note: Collection stored off-site and needs to be requested prior to visit.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local History



Legend Rare of Frigidaire, A
1926, 1 item

This collection consists of a single promotional pamphlet produced by Delco/Frigidaire in 1926. The pamphlet contains a story-poem to describe a fictional story of Aladdin and his "cold chest" [i.e. refrigerator]. This pamphlet provides insight into the creative nature of some of Delco/Frigidaire's promotional material.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local History



Lest We Forget Collection
1953-2008 (bulk 2003-2007), 4 lin. ft.

Lest We Forget was a film and audio project that captured personal and historical reflections and remembrances of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, their families, their advocates, and their communities during the decades of statewide institutionalization and subsequent deinstitutionalization in Ohio. The goals of the project were to collect oral, video, and written histories of the personal stories of people with mental retardation who lived in a state institution for any period of time. The project also collected the stories of their family members, professionals who worked in the institutions and advocates who worked toward social and legislative change. The papers for the Lest We Forget Collection contain background and research information about the project, correspondence, transcripts, and photographs and videotapes from the documentary project.

Transcripts are available online in CORE Scholar.

Subject Area(s): Medical History, Oral History Collections, Local History



Lewis, Charles, Aviation Collection
ca. 1910-1918, 1 lin. ft.

A collection of glass lantern slides and postcards containing images of early aircraft through World War I. Prints are available in SC-129, and some images may be viewed online as part of our digital exhibits.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections



Lewis, Charles: MS-204 Digital Prints
ca. 1918, 1 folder

Digital prints of broken magic lantern slides that can be found in MS-204, depicting World War I aviation technology. Some items from the collection may be viewed online as part of our digital exhibits.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections, World War I



Lincoln Day Banquet Program
1910, 1 folder

Program for the Lincoln Day banquet given February 12, 1910, at Memorial Hall in Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Local History



Lincoln Society of Dayton Records
2003-2017, 1.89 lin. ft.

Founded in 2003 by Thomas C. Cecil, the Lincoln Society of Dayton seeks to encourage the appreciation of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, and the role that he played in American History and Society. This culminated in a fundraising effort to erect a statue of Lincoln at the Dayton Courthouse, which was accomplished in 2016. The documents in this collection cover events leading up to the construction of the statue of Lincoln including fundraising events such as an auction in 2011 and screenings of Lincoln related films. Materials include meeting minutes, administrative records, correspondence, membership lists, fundraising notes, and advertising fliers.

Subject Area(s): Local History, Civic Organizations



Lindbergh, Charles A. and Anne Morrow, Autographs
1934, 1 folder

Sept. 1934 issue of National Geographic with an article by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, signed by both Anne and Charles Lindbergh.

Subject Area(s): Aviation



Lindbergh, Charles A., Records
1963, 1 folder

This small collection contains two items. The first is a letter from Charles Lindbergh to Charles I. Barron, M.D., expressing his appreciation to Dr. Barron for permitting him to undergo decompression tests in Lockheed Aircraft Company's high-altitude chamber. The second item is Lindbergh's electrocardiogram from a Flight Personnel Examination.

Subject Area(s): Aerospace Medicine and Human Factors Engineering, Medical History


Lindeman Family Papers
1882-1886, 1 reel

A collection of late-19th century family papers which include letters and portions of a diary describing a trip around the horn by ship in 1865.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers



Lindenbaum, Bernard, Vertical Flight Research Collection
1918-1999 (Bulk 1945-1980), 126.3 lin. ft.

Bernard Lindenbaum was an aeronautical engineer with the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory (AFFDL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio from the mid-1940s until the mid-1970s. During his time with the laboratory, he was involved in the research and development of many types of vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) including the Avro "Avrocar," a number of Sikorsky helicopters, the Vought XC-142 tilt wing, and many other similar aircraft. His collection of vertical flight research material contains numerous technical reports chronicling the development of military helicopters and V/STOL aircraft, a variety of conference reports and notes, many NACA/NASA technical notes, blueprints of several V/TOL aircraft, 190 reels of 16mm film and 10 VHS tapes of helicopter and V/STOL testing.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History



Lindsay, K.S. "Slim", "Quiet Birdmen" Photograph Album
1930s-2007, 1 lin. ft.

The collection consists of one leather-bound book, dated May 1, 1936, housed in one clamshell Hollinger box spanning 1 linear foot. The Quiet Birdmen Book contains 640 photographs of "Quiet Birdmen" members displayed on 160 pages. Included in the book are photographs of such pilots as H.H. "Jimmie" Doolittle, E. E. "Pop" Cleveland, Roscoe Turner, Walter R. Brookins, Wiley Post, E.V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker, and C.A. "Slim" Lindbergh. In October 2007, a small addition was added to the collection consisting of several photographs and biographical information about Mr. Lindsay.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Photographic Collections



Lippman, Hugh, Papers
1923-1989, 4.5 lin. ft.

The collection contains biographical and career information about Mr. Lippman, a civilian aircraft engineer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Included is business correspondence; technical reports from Materiel Division, Aeronautical Systems Division, and the Aircraft Laboratory; staff rosters and flow charts for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; records from litigation cases involving aircraft component patents; correspondence between the Dayton-Wright Company and the Manufacturers Aircraft Association, and photographs from McCook and Wright Fields.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Local History



Little Art Theatre of Yellow Springs Collection
1945-2008 (bulk 1952-2008), 6 lin. ft.

The collection contains program guides, brochures, posters, and artwork detailing movies shown at the Little Art Theatre of Yellow Springs, Ohio over more than fifty years. Also included are numerous promotional photos sent to the theatre from film distributors and studios. The Little Art Theatre was one of a network of small theatres that screened mainly foreign and independent films.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Local History



Little, George, Letter
1876, 1 folder

A child's letter written to a friend in Xenia, Ohio. The letter is written to "Hodge" expressing concerns and thoughts about school. It is dated December 11, 1876.

Subject Area(s): Education and Local Schools, Family and Personal Papers, Local History



Living Arts Center Records
1964-1972, 2.5 lin. ft.

In 1967, the Dayton Board of Education received a grant to promote the creativity and self-expression of its students (grades five through twelve) through creative writing, drama, dance, music and visual arts. The collection consists of administration papers, newspaper and magazine articles, publicity pamphlets, and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Arts, Education and Local Schools, Local History



Local Dayton Socialist Party Records
1901-1956 (bulk 1901-1924), 2.5 lin. ft.

The bulk of records in this collection were generated by the Socialist Party organization in Dayton from 1901-1924 and include membership meeting minutes, the minutes of various committees, financial records, and a listing of new members for the years 1906-1908 and 1912-1917. Also included is a small collection of Socialist Party literature, some state and national Party materials, and a miscellaneous collection of notices, handbills, correspondence, and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Labor Unions, Politics, Local History



Local Government Ephemera, 1813-1870
1813-1870, 1 folder

Collection consists of various land deeds, contracts, and other government records from the early 1800s.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Local History



Local History Ephemera Collection
1864-1974, 1 lin. ft.

This is an ephemera collection donated by the Miami Valley Genealogical Society. The scope of collection is greatly varied. It consists of nine broad groups as follows: Central M.E. Church - Springfield, Ohio; Political Ideologies; Clara Wiesenborn Papers; Governmental Ephemera; Publications; Family Papers; Business/Companies; Music; and Photographs.

Subject Area(s): Religion, Business and Industry, Family and Personal Papers, Local History



Local History Glass Plate Negative Collection
ca. 1880-1910

This collection contains a set of glass plate negatives detailing Dayton's local history around the early 1900s.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Photographic Collections, Local History



Local Medical History Collection
ca. 1850-1985, 4 lin. ft.

The core of this collection was donated by Homer E. Cassel, M.D. It consists of county histories, autobiographies, obituaries, directories, and the histories and annual reports of hospitals in the Miami Valley and southwest Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Medical History, Local History



Lockheed-Martin Aeronautical Patent Collection
1844-1988, 44 lin. ft.

The Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Patent Collection was developed by the Lockheed Aircraft Company to provide a single source of information concerning aviation-related patents in the United States. The collection spans a period beginning with the initial experiments with balloons in 1844 to the aviation technologies developed through 1988. The collection is organized according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office 244 Class of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The patents are filed in patent number order according to the sub-category class number assigned by the Patent Office.

Subject Area(s): Aviation



Logan County Agricultural Society Records
1884-1911, .5 lin. ft.

Records consist of a volume of minutes of the Logan County Agricultural Society, which served as an advocacy and educational organization for county farmers as well as administering the county fair.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Local History



Logan County Business Records
1838-1894, 3 volumes.

A collection of 19th century business records from three different stores in Logan County. Includes financial records, day-by-day account books listings transactions and customers names, and ledger books.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local History



Lord, Richard E., M.D., Collection
1821-1840, .25 lin. ft.

Richard E. Lord was born in Lowell, Ohio. He completed his medical education at the Ohio College of Medicine in Cincinnati in 1833. He practiced in Chesterville, Ohio. The collection consists of lecture tickets, diplomas, and photographs mounted as collages and framed.

Subject Area(s): Medical History, Local History



Love, W.R., M.D., Photographs
1934-1943, .25 lin. ft.

Dr. Love was born in Bronson, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1936. He did his internship and residency in dermatology in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1935-1938, after which he received a fellowship from the Mayo Clinic. He moved to Dayton and established a dermatology practice. He was a consultant for several Dayton area hospitals and was a clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology for Ohio State University School of Medicine and an Instructor in Dermatology at the Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing. The collection consists of photographs of skin diseases.

Subject Area(s): Medical History, Local History



Loving, Neal V., Collection
1930-1998, 9 lin. ft. and 2207 MB

Neal Loving, recognized as one of the "African American Pioneers in Aviation", was a renowned airplane designer and an aerospace engineer at the Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Dayton, Ohio. The collection contains papers, photographs, and blueprints of Loving's designs, including his WR-1 midget racer named "Loving's Love".

Subject Area(s): Aviation, African-Americans, Local History



Lowe Brothers Company Photographic Collection
ca. 1900-1920, .5 lin. ft.

The collection includes 2 boxes of 20 lantern slides and 13 glass negatives. The lantern slides generally depict scenes of life in the Lowe Brothers factory and date to the early twentieth century. The glass negatives depict an unidentified family of the same period.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Local History



Lucas, Leo, Oral History Interview
1975, 0.1 lin. ft. (1 audiocassette) and 23 MB (1 digital file)

The collection consists of an oral history interview audio recording with Leo Lucas, a member of the Dayton City School Board during the battle over busing students for desegregation. The interview was conducted in the summer of 1975 by high school student Mark Benbow.

Subject Area(s): Education and Local Schools, African-Americans, Oral History Collections, Local History



Lufbery, Raoul Collection
1917-1985, 1 lin. ft.

This collection are documents from the World War I flying missions and the untimely death of Raoul Lufbery. The collection contains newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs and other prints.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, World War I


Lutheran Church of Our Savior Records
1902-1964, 1 reel

Contains one volume of records which list baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and funerals from this Cincinnati-area church.

Subject Area(s): Religion



Lutheran Inner Mission League of the Miami Valley Newsletters
1926-1931, 0.1 lin. ft. (6 items)

The collection consists of six issues of the organization's The Voice newsletter, describing local Lutheran missionary activities, needs, properties, and finances.

Subject Area(s): Local History, Religion



Luthman Funeral Home Records
1898-1982, 4.5 lin. ft.

The Luthman Funeral Home Records include business records plus ten binders of copies of their original burial records. The business records span 1889-1910 and the burial records span 1906-1982. This collection offers researchers a wealth of information on genealogy and local mortuary practices.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Business and Industry, Local History