Wright State’s archives contains the largest Wright Brothers Collection in the world, first-edition works by Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and the archives of the Dayton Daily News among other historic archives, according to WSU.
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The proposed archives center will include the following amenities, according to the university:
• A reading room where students, scholars and visitors may examine historic materials in an up-close and personal way.
• An exhibit gallery housing rotating exhibitions that highlight the depth and breadth of Wright State’s collections.
• A conference room for lectures, meetings and special events.
• A classroom to welcome area school children and students from Wright State’s public history graduate program.
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• An oral history recording and teaching lab where students, faculty, researchers and the community can record their stories.
• A media lab for listening and viewing oral histories and watching original film footage.
• A preservation lab, processing room, clean room and exhibit prep room that will give staff the tools and space they need to adequately care for the history of the Dayton region.