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Inventors and Inventions



Wright Brothers Collection
1779-1985 (bulk 1853-1948), 19 lin. ft. and 203 volumes

A supplement to the main body of Orville and Wilbur Wright's papers located in the Library of Congress, this collection consists of family letters and papers, financial records, school mementos, genealogical material, the church papers and diaries of the Wrights' father (Bishop Milton Wright), notebooks, citations, awards, and the Wright's technical library which includes journals books, and pamphlets covering many aspects of early aeronautics. The collection also includes nearly 4,000 photographs, many of which are original prints taken by the Wrights to document their early flying experiments. In addition, there are extensive photographs of the Wright family and of the Wrights' flying exhibitions in Europe and the United States. The photographs and papers are available in a microfilm edition.

See finding aid for complete collection listing. See selected items online in CORE Scholar.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Family and Personal Papers, Wright Brothers Related, Inventors and Inventions, Photographic Collections, Local History



Frank Whittle Papers
1936-1964, 1.7 lin. ft.

Sir Frank Whittle invented the jet propulsion engine, proposing the use of the gas turbine for jet propulsion in 1928. He patented his idea in 1930. The first jet aircraft flew in 1941. Whittle's engine technology was shared with the United States government and became the foundation for the American jet aircraft program. The papers in the collection document Whittle's invention of the jet engine and include correspondence, technical and design reports, photographs, charts, and engineering drawings.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Inventors and Inventions



Hans von Ohain Papers
1907-2003, 11 lin. ft.

Contains patents, correspondence, speeches, technical reports, scientific articles, awards and photographs. Dr. Hans von Ohain is the co-inventor of the first successful jet engine. Some documents are in German and French, but the majority of the collection is in English.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Inventors and Inventions, Local History



Vincent G. Apple Papers
1892-1977, 19.13 lin. ft.

The Vincent G. Apple Papers includes the work and administrative records of Vincent G. Apple, a Dayton inventor. The collection contains numerous patents, patent applications, engineering drawings, journals, legal agreements and correspondence, business records and correspondence, and the Ford Trial records.

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



Engineers Club of Dayton Records
1914-2011, 40 lin. ft.

The purpose of the Engineers Club of Dayton is to advance the field of engineering through furnishing facilities for the educational and professional improvement of its members. Requirements for membership include working in the field of engineering or other work related to engineering, science, technology, and allied arts. The records include meeting minutes, membership files, financial records, publications, correspondence, photographs, film, and reports.

Subject Area(s): Inventors and Inventions, Civic Organizations, Local History



Freeman F. Bentley Papers
1937-2006 (bulk 1955-1975), 37 lin. ft.

The collection consists of papers covering Freeman Bentley's life, focusing on his scientific career and his research in spectroscopy. The majority of the material in this collection is scientific in nature and includes test results, data sheets, technical reports and articles. Bentley authored many of the technical reports and articles in this collection. His writings and reports are especially important considering Bentley was a pioneer in the field of far infrared spectroscopy. In addition to these materials, information on the types of machinery he used in his lab as well as papers from the numerous conferences he attended and the professional organizations in which he was a member are included in the collection.

Subject Area(s): Cold War History, Inventors and Inventions, Local History



Cold War Aerospace Technology Oral History Project Records
1936-2008, 6 lin. ft.

This collection contains the interviews and records of the Cold War Aerospace Technology Oral History project, a special project funded by a Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management grant. Interviews cover a variety of Cold War Aerospace technology.

Transcripts of the interviews are available online in CORE Scholar.

Subject Area(s): Cold War History, Inventors and Inventions, Aviation, Local History, Oral History Collections



Dayton Daily News Archive
1890-2004 (bulk 1930-1980), 2090 cubic feet

Photographs, negatives, and news clippings, span obituary, personality, and subject files generated by the Dayton Daily News and the former Journal Herald in the twentieth century. The collection documents the local and regional history of Dayton and the Miami Valley in Ohio, and its role on a national scale, particularly during the period 1930 to 1980. Dayton's history is a rich example of American ingenuity and perseverance. Considered the cradle of invention in the early 1900s, Dayton generated more patents than any other city in America. Creativity in technology, local government, literature, music, and dance are documented in the photographs. Dayton was the site of the invention of the airplane, the creation and implementation of the city manager form of government, and the first cash register. The Archives documents a strong history of the women's club movement, innovative industrial development, dynamic political figures, ground-breaking aviation technology, a vital military establishment, strong progressivism, and diplomatic milestones, such as the Dayton Peace Accords. Dayton was the first city to establish a conservancy district to protect against devastating flood waters. The spirit and history of Dayton's innovators and the lives of its citizens are told in the photographs and stories recorded in the newspaper.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Education and Local Schools, Inventors and Inventions, Local Sports, Photographic Collections, Politics, Journalism, Local History



Garnet C. Brown Papers
1890-1976, 4.5 lin. ft.

Brown, a native of Springfield, Ohio, was a local engineer and designer who helped pioneer several inventions in the aviation and automobile industries. His papers consist of engineering notebooks, personal and business correspondence, blueprints, photographs, original stories and poems, clippings, and a collection of printed materials reflecting his various interests and hobbies.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Inventors and Inventions, Local History



Dr. Fritz J. Russ Correspondence
1951-1954, 0.1 lin. ft.

The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Russ and various correspondents, regarding both professional and personal interests, during the time when Russ was Chief of the Missile Guidance and Control Group, Air Technical Intelligence Center, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The collection also includes a copy of Russ's resume, circa 1955, as well as a few other miscellaneous documents.

Subject Area(s): Local History, Aviation, Inventors and Inventions