Special Collections & Archives
401 Dunbar Library
Wright State University Libraries
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Chat Monday-Friday 1-5pm
"Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events" as defined by the Oral History Association.
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 material dates back to the early 1800s and includes letters, diaries, family records, church records, business records, photographs, and so much more.
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. A 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.