How to Start

Research Requests

Special Collections and Archives is dedicated to making materials in our collections available for researchers, including faculty, staff, and students of Wright State University as well as to the general public. Staff are happy to assist researchers with research and public record requests.

Where to Start Your Research

Our website is the one of the best places to begin your research, and we hope you take the opportunity to use the Collection Guides and the Libraries' catalog as part of your research experience. The collection guides are inventories to our historical manuscript materials and are grouped by general subject. The collection guides are also searchable using the site search box. The online catalog will help you locate materials in our extensive reading room reference collection of published materials. Additionally, digital materials from some of our collections are available via CORE Scholar.

Visiting the Archives

We hope you get the chance to visit Special Collections and Archives during your research. For more information, please see our visiting pages to find details about directions and parking, hours of operation, and information you will need to know about conducting research in the Archives, including our rules and regulations.

During all hours Special Collections and Archives are open, our reference desk is staffed with people to help you during your visit. When you are visiting our facility, please direct questions to the individual at the reference desk in the Special Collections and Archives reading room. If necessary, they can refer you to a specific archivist to provide more in-depth assistance. A photocopy machine is available in the reading room and costs just $0.10 per copy. Digital copies of documents and images may also be arranged; please visit our image and media request page for more information.

If you are unable to visit our facility but would like to request information about materials from our collections, Ask an Archivist.