Completed Digitization Project: Katharine Wright Haskell Letters

We are pleased to announce the recent completion of the Katharine Wright Haskell Correspondence digitization project, providing free and open online access to more than 300 letters written by Katharine Wright Haskell, the younger sister of the Wright Brothers, between 1922 and 1926. Earlier this year, we announced the launch of the project. The online gallery in Wright State University’s institutional repository CORE Scholar includes scanned images of the original handwritten letters, as well as typed transcriptions.

Letter from December 16, 1925, partial page 1 (click on the image to view larger)

These letters illustrate her life in her later years, allowing us a glimpse of who she was as a private person. She writes of her thoughts on a variety of topics and her daily life. Among other topics and events we get insight to her life as companion and assistant to her brother Orville, her burgeoning romantic relationship with Henry, and her friendship with explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson. The letters are from the Katharine Wright Haskell Papers (MS-700).

Katharine Wright, 1914
Katharine Wright, 1914

This digital project has been produced by the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives, through the combined efforts of its archivists, metadata librarian, and digitization specialists, who collaborated to provide the digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of digital content to CORE Scholar.

Special Collections & Archives would also like to make a special acknowledgement to Lois E. Walker for sharing her transcriptions of these letters and to the Haskell family, who donated the letters in 2022 in honor of Dawne Dewey, the long-time head of WSUL Special Collections & Archives.

Please visit the Special Collections & Archives’ CORE Scholar page to browse additional digital collections.

If you have questions or comments about this or any of our many collections, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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November/December Holiday Closures

We are looking forward to the upcoming holidays, and we hope you are too!

As a result, we have a few minor changes to our hours around some of those upcoming holidays:

Veterans Day:

  • Friday, November 10: closed in observance of the holiday (which falls on Saturday, Nov 11)


  • Wednesday, November 22: in-person visitors by appointment only; close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24: closed.

Winter Break:

  • Tuesday, December 19, to Thursday, December 21: in-person visitors by appointment only.
  • Friday, December 22, 2023, through Monday, January 1, 2024: closed for Wright State University’s winter break.

For the most up-to-date listing of our closures and open hours, please check the University Libraries’ Hours calendar, and make sure to look at the line for Special Collections & Archives.

While the office may be closed, the web site, blog, collection guides, and digital collections on CORE Scholar are always available.

SC&A wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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SCA Featured in Society of Ohio Archivists’ Archives Month Spotlight

October is American Archives Month, and to celebrate, the Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) Advocacy and Outreach Committee is spotlighting archives around the state that house materials related the theme of the poster, Land, Water, & Air: Transportation in Ohio.

Visitors to Special Collections and Archives enjoying an exhibit of original materials from the Wright Brothers Collection.

As the home to one of the world’s most complete collections of material by and about the Wright Brothers, the inventors of sustained, controlled, powered flight, we were naturally one such archives that they thought to highlight!

SOA’s post, “Ohio Archives Month Spotlight 1: Wright State University” features a brief overview of Special Collections and Archives, such as where and how to reach us; touches on some of our transportation-themed collections, such as the Wright Brothers Collection, Dayton Electric Railway Collection, Canal Society of Ohio Collection, and the Charles Wald Collection; and includes a Q&A interview with Jane Wildermuth, Head of Special Collections & Archives.

Just a reminder, you can search the listings for all of our available collections, any time, on our collection guides web site.

Thanks to our friends at the Society of Ohio Archivists for helping us spread the word about our unique and wonderful collections!

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