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MFM-12

Henry Stout Papers
1950-1961, 1 reel

Scrapbooks of Henry Stout (1893-1976), a former Dayton mayor and Democratic Party activist.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MFM-13

Daniel Brubaker Papers
1953-1956, 1 reel

Scrapbooks of Daniel Brubaker (1915-1976), the first mayor of Kettering, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MFM-21

Committee to Preserve Waldruhe Park Records
1978-1980, 1 reel

Consists of reports, correspondence, newsletters, bulletins, legal briefs, and files of a citizen's group formed to prevent the City of Dayton from cutting trees in a city park.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Civic Organizations

MFM-29

League of Women Voters, Dayton Area Chapter Records
1945-1981, 1 reel

Consists of the League's publication, The Voter's Guide, which profiles candidates and issues before each general election. See also MS-123.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women, Civic Organizations

MFM-35

Beavercreek Committee of Eleven, Inc., Records
1965-1980, 3 reels

The records in this collection document a 15-year struggle by a local citizen's committee to prevent neighboring municipalities from annexing portions of Beavercreek Township in Greene County. The committee also worked to secure incorporation for Beavercreek as a village. Included are minutes of Trustees' meetings, membership lists, general and legal correspondence, legal briefs, petitions for incorporation, community attitude surveys, fund-raising materials, and clippings. See also, MS-112.

Subject Area(s): Civic Organizations, Politics

MS-112

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Beavercreek Committee of Eleven, Inc. Records
1964-1980, 1.25 lin. ft.

Records document a 15-year struggle by a citizens' committee to prevent neighboring cities from annexing portions of Beavercreek Township in Greene County and secure incorporation for Beavercreek as a village. Included are minutes, membership lists, correspondence, legal papers, petitions, community attitude surveys, fund raising materials, and newspaper clippings.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-123

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League of Women Voters, Dayton Area Chapter
1920-2000, 15.75 linear feet

Records include meeting minutes, annual reports, financial records, membership lists, newsletters, and files on local, state, national and international issues that the League studied. Finding aid available. See also MFM-29 for microfilm copies of the Voter's Guide, a League publication.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women

MS-143

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Clara Weisenborn Papers
1960-1980, 3.5 lin. ft.

Weisenborn represented Montgomery County in the Ohio State Legislature for over 20 years. Her papers consist primarily of files connected with her legislative career and include working papers, committee reports, bills, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. Weisenborn's most active areas of interest were the environment, health, and education. While detailing her work in the Ohio Legislature, the papers offer very little insight into her personal life.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women

MS-144

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Oscar K. Edelman Papers
1912-1987, 6 lin. ft.

Edelman was a long-time, active member of the Socialist Party in Dayton, and for a period, served as business manager for the local Socialist newspaper, The Miami Valley Socialist. His papers include correspondence, clippings, political literature, Socialist campaign materials, working papers, a minute book of the Young Socialist League in Dayton (1915), scattered copies of The Miami Valley Socialist, and a collection of state and national Socialist Party literature. See also MS-94.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics, Labor Unions

MS-146

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Katharine Kennedy Brown Papers
1830-1976, 47 lin. ft.

Brown was an important figure in the Republican Party from 1920 until 1968. The bulk of materials in this collection are connected with her activities as the National Republican Party Committee Woman from Ohio. Political materials include correspondence, publications, campaign records, convention and election memorabilia, photographs, and records reflecting her activities with state and national GOP women's organizations. Correspondents include major Republican leaders and presidents Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower, and Nixon. Her papers also include personal and family materials consisting of diaries, correspondence, and financial records dating from the 1830's. Please note: There is no publication or quotation of any materials in these papers without permission of the family.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics

MS-147

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Martha McClellan Brown Papers
1764-1916, 8.5 lin. ft.

A nationally known leader in the temperance movement as well as a strong advocate of women's rights and suffrage, Martha McClellan Brown lectured widely in the United States and Great Britain and held important posts in the Independent Order of Good Templars and the National Prohibition Party. She was also one of the founders of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and edited a weekly temperance newspaper. Her papers include copies of her published talks and articles, handwritten drafts of lectures, personal correspondence, temperance and suffrage publications, photographs, memorabilia, and a small collection of materials reflecting her interest in Spiritualism. Also included are papers belonging to Brown's husband, Rev. William K. Brown, a Methodist minister with a strong interest in women's rights and the temperance movement. His papers include sermons, published articles, correspondence, church papers, and two books he authored.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics, Religion

MS-154

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Thomas L. Fries Papers
1981-1982, 2 lin. ft.

Fries was a Dayton-area (86th District) state legislator from 1971-1982. His papers contain material pertaining to legislation considered and/or composed by Fries during the 114th General Assembly of 1981-82. Included are copies of legislation, correspondence, memos, and speeches.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-181

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Dayton Police Department Historical Collection
1876-2010 (bulk 1910-1970), 4.17 lin. ft.

This collection was created through the efforts of several Dayton Police Department officers and the Dayton Police History Foundation, Inc. Included in the collection are the arrest files of many different criminals, most notably notorious criminals of the early twentieth century like John Dillinger and “Bugs” Moran. The bulk of the information includes Bertillon card photographs from the turn of the century, various personnel photos, many negatives, news-clippings saved by the D.P.D., and two “retired” police training DVDs from the middle of the 20th century. Also included are monthly assignment detail reports from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-2

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James Middleton Cox Papers
1908-1957, 21 lin. ft.

Consists of correspondence, reports, speeches, photographs, clippings, and other printed materials relating to Cox's long career as a journalist and politician. Cox was a U.S. Congressman representing Ohio's 3rd District from 1909-1913, and the governor of Ohio from 1913-1915 and from 1917-1921. In 1920 he was the Democratic nominee for President with Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate. Cox was also the owner and publisher of several newspapers including the Dayton Daily News and the Dayton Journal Herald. The bulk of the material in this collection is correspondence covering such topics as local, national, and international politics, labor, monetary policy, economic matters, and journalism. A partial list of nationally known correspondents includes: William Jennings Bryan, Bernard Baruch, Josephus Daniels, James Farley, Cordell Hull, Walter Lippmann, Sam Rayburn, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, Harry Truman, Woodrow Wilson, and Orville and Wilbur Wright. The speeches include a number of radio campaign speeches (1920), speeches by Cox while Governor of Ohio (1913-1915), and speeches in support of Franklin Roosevelt and the policies of his administration.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-245

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Harrison Township Women's Republican Club Records
1944-1992, 1.5 lin. ft.

Organized in 1944, the Harrison Township Women's Republican Club is part of the Ohio and National Federation of Republican Women's Clubs. Records consist of minutes, financial records, correspondence, membership rolls, and information about the club's activities.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women

MS-249

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League of Women Voters of Yellow Springs Records
1946-1984, 2 lin. ft.

Materials include published and unpublished histories of national and local league programs, various organizational and administrative materials, newsletters, bulletins, and files covering various issues studied by the League.

Subject Area(s): Women, Politics

MS-278

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Frank Krebs Collection
1900-1965, 1 lin. ft.

Frank Krebs was a successful Dayton businessman, who was also politically active. Between 1942-1945, Krebs served as the Mayor of Dayton, and throughout his life held various political offices. The collection consists of personal correspondence, mayoral related materials, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-280

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Marguerite Parrish Papers
1930-1980, 2.5 lin. ft.

Parrish was an active Democratic leader for over sixty years. She worked with the Democratic Party at the local, state, and national level. Through her work, she gained many acquaintances with leading political figures such as Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Her papers also include correspondence and informational materials on the workings of the Democratic Party. Some of the most extensive information deals with her work in the Federated Democratic Women of Ohio organization of which she was President.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women

MS-3

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Merritt E. Schlafman Papers
1937-1943, 6 lin. ft.

Schlafman was a judge in Dayton, Ohio, during the 1930s and 1940s. His papers contain transcripts of trials broadcast from his courtroom, mostly on gambling offenses.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-306

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Edith Holsinger Papers
1958-1987, 5 lin. ft.

Edith Holsinger was an English teacher, teaching at both Fairmont West High School and Barnes Jr. High School. In 1964, Holsinger aided in the creation of the Kettering Teachers Union and was an active participant until her retirement. The collection consists of administration papers, newsletters, and personal correspondence.

Subject Area(s): Labor Unions, Politics, Women, Education and Local Schools

MS-322

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James H. McGee Papers
1930-1980, 2.5 lin. ft.

James Howell McGee was the first African-American mayor of Dayton, Ohio and one of the first African-American mayors of a major U.S. city. He practiced law in the Miami Valley and was involved in civil rights and Dayton city politics. His papers include speeches, correspondence, and photographs.

Subject Area(s): African-Americans, Politics

MS-332

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Don L. Crawford Papers
1918-2003, 2.5 lin. ft.

This collection includes newspaper clippings, magazine articles, scrapbooks, correspondence, speech notes and publicity, photographs, certificates, and campaign literature. Most items are by or about Don L. Crawford, Jr., one of Dayton’s best-known African American leaders of the 1960s-1980s. A few items in the collection relate to other Crawford family members Don L., Sr., Agatha Crawford Payne, and Donella Crawford

Subject Area(s): African-Americans, Politics

MS-341

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Tony Hall Papers
1959-2006 (bulk 1979-2002), 199 lin. ft.

The Tony Hall Papers, housed in Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries, document the career of Tony Hall as both a U.S. Congressman, representing the Third District of Ohio, and as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Donated on September 26, 2002, with his Ambassador papers added in April 2006, the papers span the period 1959 to 2006. The bulk of the records pertain to his 24-year career as a U.S. Congressman. The papers contain voting records, congressional bills, constituent correspondence, personal correspondence, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and research on a variety of topics.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-346

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Charles J. Curran Papers
1941-2006 (bulk 1990-2006), 3.5 lin. ft.

The collection includes correspondence, speeches, campaign information, photographs, certificates, advertisements, news clippings, and research documents. Most items are by or about Charles J. Curran and his time as Montgomery County Commissioner from 1983-2006. A few items in the collection relate to other local politicians or Curran family members.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-382

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Miles S. Kuhns Papers
1929-1939, .75 lin. ft.

The Miles S. Kuhns Papers consist mainly of correspondence related to Kuhns’ political career.  It contains many lobbying letters from citizens and organizations.  Almost half of the collection relates to Kuhns’ work with the Ohio Revolutionary War Memorial Commission.  A third section consists of personal correspondence and ephemera Kuhns received throughout his career.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-4

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Glenn Thompson Papers
1938-1973, 5 lin. ft.

Thompson was a Dayton, Ohio, journalist and editor of the Dayton Journal Herald. His papers consist of correspondence, reports, clippings, speeches, memos, photographs, and printed materials reflecting his wide-ranging interests in education, politics, environmental problems, historic preservation, and journalism. Correspondents include Richard Nixon, Robert Oelman, Stanley Allyn, Clarence Brown, and James Rhodes.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-40

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Newberry League of Woman Voters Collection
1956-1972, 5.5 lin. ft.

This collection was donated by Jane Newberry, an active member of the Dayton League of Women Voters. Included are various issues of the League's newsletters and an assortment of reports, papers, and surveys on such topics as education, welfare, mental health, foreign policy, prison reform, housing, taxes, and pollution. Also included are some administrative, financial, and membership records.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women

MS-404

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Katharine Kennedy Brown Collection (Lenz Additions)
1884-1970s, 20.5 lin. ft.

The collection contains documents, correspondence, photographs, and political materials related to Katharine Kennedy Brown’s personal and political life. Some documents and correspondence pertain to members of Brown’s family, including her brother Grafton Sherwood Kennedy, as well as extended family members. Other correspondence was generated by Mrs. Brown during her tenure as National Republican Committeewoman for Ohio from 1932 to 1968, as well as correspondence received by Mrs. Brown pertaining to her position, state and national Republican campaigns and conventions to which Mrs. Brown was a delegate. See also, MS-146.

Subject Area(s): Women, Politics

MS-409

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Congressman Edward G. Breen Collection
1910-1990s, 7.75 lin. ft.

The collection contains 3 large newspaper clipping scrapbooks from the 1940s documenting Edward G. Breen’s media coverage as hotel manager, Dayton mayor, and Montgomery County Commissioner. The scrapbooks contain invitations to functions, programs, and correspondence. The collection also contains a variety of memorabilia including personal photographs, awards, certificates, a poster of Holy Angels church, and another featuring the Dayton Flood and Fire of 1913, and a Silent Butler.

Subject Area(s): Politics, 1913 Flood History

MS-419

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Congressman David Hobson Collection
1982-2009 (Bulk 1992-2006), 140 lin. ft.

The Congressman David Hobson Papers document the 26-year political career of David Hobson, who served as a U.S. Congressman for the Ohio Seventh District from 1990 to 2008, as well as having served in the Ohio Senate from 1982 to 1990. The records were transferred to the Special Collections and Archives in November of 2008. The papers contain a wide-variety of material, including the following: voting records, House of Representatives legislation and committee records, constituent correspondence, speeches, radio show transcripts, thank you letters, photographs, audio-visual material, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-458

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Dayton Daily News Archive
1890-2004 (bulk 1930-1980), 2090 cubic feet

Photographs, negatives, and news clippings, span obituary, personality, and subject files generated by the Dayton Daily News and the former Journal Herald in the twentieth century. The collection documents the local and regional history of Dayton and the Miami Valley in Ohio, and its role on a national scale, particularly during the period 1930 to 1980. Dayton’s history is a rich example of American ingenuity and perseverance. Considered the cradle of invention in the early 1900s, Dayton generated more patents than any other city in America. Creativity in technology, local government, literature, music, and dance are documented in the photographs. Dayton was the site of the invention of the airplane, the creation and implementation of the city manager form of government, and the first cash register. The Archives documents a strong history of the women’s club movement, innovative industrial development, dynamic political figures, ground-breaking aviation technology, a vital military establishment, strong progressivism, and diplomatic milestones, such as the Dayton Peace Accords. Dayton was the first city to establish a conservancy district to protect against devastating flood waters. The spirit and history of Dayton’s innovators and the lives of its citizens are told in the photographs and stories recorded in the newspaper.

Subject Area(s): Business and Industry, Education and Local Schools, Inventors and Inventions, Local Sports, Photographic Collections, Politics

MS-67

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Darke County Records Papers
1868-1922, .5 lin. ft.

This collection consists of receipts, correspondence, executions, photographs, articles of agreement, etc., from Darke County, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-7

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Lester L. Cecil Lincoln Collection
1861-1961, 5 lin. ft.

Judge Cecil's collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia contains pamphlets and clippings concerning Lincoln and his administration, letters from the members of Lincoln's cabinet including William Seward and Gideon Welles, photographs and prints of Lincoln and his family, and other miscellaneous items.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-73

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Charles V. Simms Papers
1972-1976, 8.5 lin. ft.

Includes correspondence, subject files, memos, reports, clippings, and working papers of Simms, who was a Montgomery County Commissioner during the early 1970s.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-76

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Frederick N. Young Papers
1968-1976, 11 lin. ft.

The papers in this collection cover the years 1968-1976 when Young served as a State Representative from Dayton to the Ohio General Assembly. The majority of the papers consist of correspondence with constituents and political colleagues. There are also working papers, clippings, reports, speeches, and campaign materials. There is also a file of correspondence and photographs on the 1970 Kent State University incident.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-86

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Frank Somers Papers
1860-1981 (bulk 1958-1965), 2 lin. ft.

Frank Somers served as the mayor of Dayton, Ohio from 1962-1965. Before and after his political career, he and his wife were involved in Dayton civic affairs. The papers of Frank Somers cover the political life of Frank Somers approximately from the years 1958 to 1966 as well as family information and world travels.

Subject Area(s): Politics

MS-91

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Ruth Herr Papers
1930-1945, .5 lin. ft.

Ruth Herr was an art teacher in the Dayton and Oakwood public schools. The materials in this collection reflect her interest in women's rights and include a constitution and bylaws for the National Woman's Party, a speech by Mrs. Herr, several copies of the National Woman's Party newspaper, Equal Rights, and clippings and miscellaneous material pertaining to the National Woman's Party.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women

MS-94

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Local Dayton Socialist Party Records
1898-1956, 2.5 lin. ft.

The bulk of records in this collection were generated by the Socialist Party organization in Dayton from 1901-1924 and include membership meeting minutes, the minutes of various committees, financial records, and a listing of new members for the years 1906-1908 and 1912-1917. Also included is a small collection of Socialist Party literature, some state and national Party materials, and a miscellaneous collection of notices, handbills, correspondence, and photographs.

Subject Area(s): Labor Unions, Politics

SC-12

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"Cincinnati in 1802" Article
1857, 1 folder

Contains an article from the Cincinnati Daily Gazette published on June 5, 1857, about what Cincinnati was like in 1802.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-133

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World War II Ration Book
1943, 1 folder

Ration book one, including certificate of registrar to Virgil J. Roush of Columbus, Ohio, issued March 1943.

Subject Area(s): World War II, Politics

SC-135

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Secretary of War Newton Baker Letter
1918, 1 folder

Mimeographed letter from Secretary of War Newton Baker to Mr. Talbott, President of Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, 1918.

Subject Area(s): Aviation, Business and Industry, Politics

SC-18

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State Election Ticket Collection
1863, 1 folder

The collection includes approximately 150 miscellaneous Union and Democratic election tickets from the election of 1863.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-21

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Charles Lanman's Collected Biographies of 19th-century Ohio Congressmen
1831-1863, 1 folder

This is a collection of autobiographical letters written from various local Congressmen to Charles Lanman.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-25

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State of Ohio v Alfred Artis
1852-1855, 1 folder

An official court report for a sexual assault case tried in Shelby County during the 1850s.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Women

SC-260

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ODOT Structure File: Stewart Street Bridge
2008, 1 folder

This collection contains an extensive study of the Stewart Street Bridge in Dayton, Ohio, completed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in July 2008. The text contains an extremely thorough compilation of written historical and descriptive data and a bibliography of sources. Also included are 21 negatives and photographs which document the textual history of this Dayton structure.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Business and Industry

SC-291

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1814 Niles Weekly Register
1814, 1 item

Collection consists of one issue (April 9, 1814, No. 6, Vol. VI) of the Niles Weekly Register. The Niles Weekly Register was one of the most widely read newspapers of its day and provides a great deal of primary source documentation on the War of 1812. This issue is significant in that on page 102, there is an article detailing the federal government’s attempt to enlist Native American tribes in Ohio to fight against the British. It mentions Dayton, Piqua, Blue Jacket and Tecumseh.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-32

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Piqua Voting Records
ca. 1880, 1 folder

An undated list of voting records containing over 300 names of voters in Piqua, Ohio.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-43

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Dayton Barbecue Song
ca. 1850s, 1 folder

A political jingle that references the Whig Party and Kentucky influence on Dayton politics, circa 1850s.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-5

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D. Watson Craig Papers
1853-1887, 1 folder

Consists of letters written by Craig to various members of his family. Craig traveled to Oregon and Panama, as well as spending time in Springfield, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. His letters cover his experiences, local and national politics, and family matters.

Subject Area(s): Family and Personal Papers, Politics

SC-50

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Greene County Courthouse Building Commission Files
1806-1888, 1 folder

Copy of a late 19th-century photo of Greene County Commissioners as well as miscellaneous documents from the building commission.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-51

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Xenia, Ohio Petition for Incorporation
1817, 1 folder

Contains Xenia's original petition for incorporation as well as photocopies of the document, dated 1817.

Subject Area(s): Politics

SC-59

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Springfield (Ohio) Municipal Airport Papers
1949, 1 folder

Contains papers regarding the construction of a new hanger at the local Springfield (Ohio) airport, dated 1949.

Subject Area(s): Politics, Aviation

SC-7

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Lincoln Day Banquet Program
1910, 1 folder

Program for the Lincoln Day banquet given February 12, 1910, at Memorial Hall in Dayton.

Subject Area(s): Politics

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45435. Phone: 937.775.2525