Visiting the Archives

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 you have questions about a research project, donation of material, outreach program, or tour, please contact the Special Collections staff.

Before Your Visit

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.

When You Arrive

Because our holdings contain rare and valuable materials, the following guidelines must be followed to access the collections:

  • Please register at the front desk upon arrival.
  • Review the Rules and Regulations and complete an Application for Research.
  • Please do not bring food or drink into the reading room.
  • Please use pencils only, as pens, markers, and highlighters might damage materials.
  • Lockers are available for your personal belongings. Purses, briefcases, backpacks, laptop cases, and other large materials are not permitted in the reading room.
  • Digital and cell phone cameras are permitted. Please read our Camera Use Policy.

Contact Us

Special Collections & Archives Entrance

Special Collections & Archives
Wright State University Libraries
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Phone: (937) 775-2092

Use Ask an Archivist for questions or to contact Archives' staff