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HST 3650-01 - Ohio History: Home

SC&A Contact Information

Special Collections & Archives
401 Dunbar Library
Wright State University Libraries
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
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What is a Primary Source?

primary source is a rare, one of a kind item typically created by an eyewitness to an event. Letters, diaries, photographs, business records, church records, organizational records, and family papers are considered primary sources. 

Secondary sources are published materials that often use primary sources for the background research. Books, journal articles, magazines, and blogs are considered secondary. 

Citing Your Sources From SC&A

Be sure to always check with your professor on the preferred citation required for your paper. Purdue OWL is another great tool for citation information. Here are several examples of citations using the photograph of Katharine Kennedy Brown Papers.

Katharine Kennedy Brown Papers (MS-146), Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University

Katharine Kennedy Brown Papers (MS-146), box 82, file 1, Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University

Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives collects and preserves material related to the Wright Brothers, aviation, the history of the Miami Valley, and Wright State University. Our Miami Valley materials dates back to the early 1800s and includes letters, diaries, family records, business records, photographs, and so much more. In addition, we collect local government records for 11 counties in central, southwest Ohio. The county materials often include the county children's home, county home (infirmary), common pleas court, probate court, sheriff, and township/city records. Please visit the SC&A web site for more information on the archives and collections. 

Our reading room also houses a large collection of published local history, genealogy, and aviation resources that can provide secondary sources for your research. 

How to Use SC&A During Spring Semester

SC&A staff members are available via email Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm and chat from 1-5pm Monday-Friday. You can use the Ask an Archivist page for questions. You can also email Bill Stolz, Archivist for Reference and Outreach, with questions you may have about the archives and your document analysis project. 

We are now open for research appointments. The hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm and 10am-8pm on Wednesdays. Appointments are 2-hour blocks with a maximum of 2 per day. Requests for appointments can be made here.

Our web site is a great place to start with your research. A site search will list all collections and other material related to your topic. In addition, many of our collections, or portions of, have been digitized and available on CORE Scholar, the University Libraries' institutional repository. See below for a list of the Ohio history-related collections that are available on CORE Scholar or by contacting Bill Stolz. 

Finding Aid, also know as a collection guide or inventory, is a guide to a specific collection that provides detailed information on the contents and organization of the material. Each collection here at SC&A will have a finding aid and all finding aids are available on our web site.

Links to SC&A Digital Collections

SC&A has digitized select materials related to the Wright Brothers, aviation, local history, and Wright State University on CORE Scholar, Wright State Libraries' institutional repository. Below are links to the various digitized collections along with descriptions for each collection. 

Ohio History Collections available by Email

This list is comprised of collections, or portions of collections, that have been scanned by the Archives staff and available by contacting Bill Stolz or sending an email to

  • Patterson Family Papers, 1780-1970 (MS-236)A collection of correspondence, family histories, photographs, business records, and scrapbooks from two local pioneer families who played an important part in the early development of the Miami Valley: the Pattersons of Dayton and the Johnstons of Piqua. Three letters from John Johnston during the War of 1812 from box 1, file 4, are available.
  • Katharine Kennedy Brown Papers (MS-146): The bulk of materials are connected with Brown's activities as the National Republican Party Committee Woman from Ohio. Her speeches  for 1930-1943 from box 30, files 1, 2, and 4; correspondence related to the Dayton Republican Women's Club, 1922-1927, fbox 64, file 3; and Montgomery County Chapter of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, box 64, file 4, are available in PDF format.
  • Dayton Weather Bureau Records, 1883-1996 (MS-74): Daily, monthly and annual reporting records of the Dayton Weather Bureau. Weather entries for the 1913 flood from March 22-28, 1913, are available (Box 3, file 3).
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital Records, (MS-497): Pages 60-62 showing the early admissions of Influenza patients for October 16-October 25, 1918 (Volume 18, Listing of Admissions, October 15-December 1921). 

Links to Other Ohio History resources

Archivist/Reference and Outreach

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Bill Stolz
Dunbar Library 401
(937) 775-2232

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