Do I need an appointment to visit Special Collections and Archives?
No. Materials in Special Collections and Archives are available to the public during the hours we are open. If you are considering a visit, or have a specific question, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
You can contact the Archives by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone, (937) 775-2092, or via the following address:
Special Collections and Archives
Wright State University Libraries
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
If you have a specific research question, please use our research request form.
Because our holdings contain rare and valuable materials, the following guidelines must be followed to access the collections:
We encourage researchers to use our materials, but we also must preserve them for future scholars as well. Therefore, materials in Special Collections and Archives are not available for check-out. Materials in the collections may be used in the reading room of Special Collections and Archives during our open hours.
Visitors can browse manuscript collections with finding aids online or conduct a site search of our web site. Many of our collections are also cataloged in the Dunbar Library's online catalog. We also have several images available and searchable in CORE Scholar (Campus Online Repository) which highlight material in our collections.
After you sign in at the reading room, you will need to check all of your belongings into an available locker. We have lockers with locks available near the reading room on the fourth floor. You may keep loose paper, pencils, laptop computers, and research notes with you. Please be advised that for security of our collections, any material brought into the reading room is subject to search prior to leaving the Archives reading room.
You can get a photographic copy or digital media file made from photographs in Special Collections. Please be aware of use and copyright restrictions that may apply. For further information about reproduction options, fees, and ordering, please see our Research, Image, and Use Requests page.
At the present time, researchers are not permitted to use scanners in the reading room for protection of the materials. However, digital cameras are allowed for reference purposes only. Patrons must sign and follow the Camera Use Policy Agreement each visit.
Yes, the use of laptop computers is allowed in the reading room, and electrical power outlets are available. However, laptop cases, backpacks, and briefcases must be placed in a locker, as they are not permitted in the reading room.
Most materials in the collections may be photocopied, subject to size, condition, and copyright restrictions. There is a self-service copy machine available in the reading room. Please check with the reading room desk staff if you have any questions concerning making photocopies of materials.
To help maintain a quiet atmosphere for research and study, we ask that cell phones be put on vibrate or turned off completely. If cell phones must be used, there is a Dunbar Library Cell Phone Zone available just outside the reading room.
Special Collections and Archives provides basic reference service via email, telephone, and mail, in addition to assistance to patrons in the reading room. We encourage researchers to use our finding aids, catalogs, and digital images online to help focus the research request. Please refer to our research guidelines and fees on the Research, Image, and Use Requests page. Here you will also find a Research Request Form. If you are in need of extensive research assistance, The Ohio Historical Society maintains a list of researchers for hire.
Rotating exhibits utilizing materials from Special Collections and Archives are offered in the Dunbar Library on an ongoing basis. Exhibitions are open to the public during the Libraries’ regular hours and are listed on our news page. Additionally, Special Collections and Archives maintains online exhibits as well.
Special Collections & Archives has a Collection Policy which defines what subjects we are documenting. If a collection falls outside of our Collection Policy, we make every effort to suggest appropriate institutions who may accept the donation. For information on how a collection is arranged and described once it arrives in the archives, please see our Processing Manual. The manual walks through the steps of processing from deciding an arrangement to writing the finding aid. As with most archives, there is often a delay between when material is donated and when it is available to the public for research to allow for processing and organizing of the materials. The list of our currently unprocessed materials includes both new collections and additions to collections that are in line for processing.