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Special Collections & Archives


Special Collections and Archives is an excellent place to research genealogy in the Miami Valley region. The Archives maintains books, maps, census records, and other research materials for the eleven counties surrounding Wright State University. The counties of our focus include: Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby. Manuscript collections in the Archives document the cultural, political, social, and economic growth of the Miami Valley region of Ohio and include the records of churches, labor unions, businesses, social and welfare agencies, women's organizations, papers of private individuals and public officials, photographs, and pamphlets. We also have a selection of published and unpublished family histories.

Local government records are a primary source of information for genealogists and those conducting family research. In 1970, the Ohio Historical Society organized the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers to provide for the preservation of historically valuable local government records. The network is composed of the Ohio Historical Society, five state universities, and Ohio's two largest historical societies. Wright State University is one of the centers that make up the network.

Wright State University is the offical repository for eleven counties in west central Ohio. While the volume and type of records held by each county vary, they generally include the records of the county Auditor, Board of Education, Children's Home, Clerk of Courts, County Home or Infirmary, Probate Court, Sherriff, Township and town/city records.

A general description of genealogy records held by Wright State University is listed to the left. For a complete list of counties and records held for each county, refer to our Local Government Records section.

To submit a research reqeust, please complete the online research request form or call us at (937) 775-2092. Please note that we are unable to complete extensive research requests of a general nature. We encourage you to complete as much research as possible via our website before submitting a research request, and to include as complete a citation or description of the material you are requesting as you can provide. All research requests are subject to the research request fees.

Ancestry Library

This database will no longer be available after June 30, 2018.

Covers the US and UK, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. A collection of more than 4000 databases including US Federal Census images and indexes from 1790-1940; the Map Center containing more than 1000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; a strong Civil War collection, and more indexes and original images will be added.

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This resource can be accessed from only the Dayton and Lake campuses; no off-campus access is available.