Special Collections & Archives collects, preserves, and makes available the history of aviation, the local and regional history of the Miami Valley, and the history of Wright State University.
Visitors are welcome to visit the reading room on the 4th floor of the Dunbar Library during the department's open hours. Researchers are invited to make an appointment two or more business days prior to conducting research in the Archives. Those making appointments will receive an emailed visitor parking pass and their requested materials will be pulled and waiting ahead of arrival. If the reading room is at its maximum capacity for social distancing during COVID-19, walk-in researchers will need to schedule an appointment or visit again later. Please note that masks are required inside per Wright State University policy. If you have questions about a research project, donation of material, outreach program, or tour, please contact the Special Collections staff.
Researchers should search the Special Collection & Archives catalog or collection guides to locate materials of interest. Some materials are located off-site and need to be requested at least two business days in advance to ensure they are readily available. Research appointments are recommended.
Because our holdings contain rare and valuable materials, the following guidelines must be followed to access the collections: