Special Collections and Archives

Wright Brothers legacy archived at Wright State University

David McCullough discussing a photo

WYSO looks at the Wright brothers’ legacy in the Miami Valley in an interview with Dawne Dewey at Wright State University — home to the largest collection of Wright brothers artifacts in the world. In the following interview, Dewey, who is the head … Continue reading

Newspapers published by Wright brothers now available in online archive

Newspapers published by the Wright brothers now available in online archive

Wright State’s Special Collections and Archives and the Dayton Metro Library partner to create a searchable online archive of the most complete run of Wright brothers newspapers available to date. Continue reading

The Wright brothers and the conquest of flight

Photo of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Excerpt “They had this passion, this mission; they were obsessed to succeed,” said historian David McCullough. But though their plane is proudly displayed at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, historian David McCullough still believes the Wright Brothers … Continue reading

CBS Sunday Morning ‘Wright Brothers’ interview filmed at Wright State

David McCullough discussing a photo

Excerpt Historical author David McCullough’s book on the Wright brothers is set to be released by publisher Simon & Schuster Tuesday. But first, an interview with McCullough — a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling writer — … Continue reading

Wright Brothers Collection featured in ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ story

Dawne Dewey with David McCullough

Wright State’s Special Collections and Archives hosted David McCullough and a “CBS Sunday Morning” crew for an interview on the author’s new Wright brothers book. Continue reading

Aviation filmmaker, Wright State grad to give keynote at Public History Symposium

Adam White

Wright State’s Public History Graduate Symposium will explore “History Through a Prism: Untold Stories” on March 13. Continue reading

Search unearths story of Wright factory seamstress

Photo of Wright Company employee Ida Holdgreve

Excerpt An effort to gather the stories of Wright Company factory workers has uncovered information about one of the first women in the world to work in the aircraft industry. Ida Holdgreve, born in Delphos, Ohio in 1881, worked as … Continue reading

Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman to lecture at Wright State

Newspaper columnist Dale Huffman

Newspaper columnist Dale Huffman will deliver the fifth annual “Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archives” lecture at Wright State July 18. Continue reading

Online newspaper collection offers view of Wright State history

Digitization specialist Ryan O’Grady reviews an old issue of The Guardian in the Office of Digital Services, which is digitizing the newspaper's past issues for a new online collection.

Online collection of early issues of Wright State’s student newspaper provides an informative and easily accessible resource of the university’s history. Continue reading

Dunbar Library’s 1903 Wright Flyer ‘lands’ safely for cleaning

1903 Flyer lands safely

Full-sized replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer was built by a group of skilled volunteers and has been hanging in Wright State’s Dunbar Library since 2001. Continue reading