Community Outreach

Special Collections and Archives offers a wide variety of community outreach programs designed to make its collections and the amazing history they contain available to all. Outreach programs are available on-site at Special Collections and Archives or may also be scheduled for off-site locations.

Outreach programs available through Special Collections and Archives include presentations, tours, exhibits, workshops, classroom visits, and continuing education opportunities. Archives staff will work with you or your organization to develop a program incorporating our materials.

Early scheduling of outreach activities is encouraged as requests can only be accommodated based on the availablity of staff and materials.

Speakers and Presentations

Special Collections and Archives staff offer a wide variety of presentations for your group or organization. Topics can include an overview of our collections and services, topics in aviation history, the Wright Brothers, topics in local history, or a focus on a specific collection or collection area.

Tours

General and special subject tours of the Archives are available for individuals and small groups. These tours take you behind the scenes to see rare treasures from the collections housed in Special Collections and Archives.

Classroom Visits

Special Collections and Archives encourages the use of primary source materials in education and research. As part of our outreach programs, the staff of the Archives works with teachers of all levels, elementary through university, to help incorporate primary sources into classroom learning, based on the areas and topics in our collections.

We work with faculty and teachers to customize presentations and develop assignments and exercises that encourage the research use of primary materials by students of all ages. Primary source documents can inspire as well as teach students to identify, define, and solve problems by locating and critically evaluating information. Students learn to verify sources, track down connections, and find evidence from content and physical clues, as well as understand the role of creativity, innovation, and discovery across disciplines.

If you are interested in scheduling an archivist to work with students on how to identify, use, and learn from primary source materials or to visit your classroom.

Continuing Education

Special Collections and Archives offers outreach programs and workshops designed to offer opportunities at continuing education activities. Workshops are available on the basics of genealogy, preservation of archival materials, how to set up an archives for your organization, and on many other topics of interest.

Exhibits

Special Collections and Archives develops a large number of exhibits throughout the year. Rotating exhibits are on display throughout the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library on the campus of Wright State University. These exhibits highlight our collections and the stories they contain as well as occasional special events. Please refer to our list of current exhibits to see what is available for viewing.

Special Collections and Archives is also available to work with community organizations to develop exhibits using our materials.

Please contact Special Collections & Archives for additional information about our outreach programs.