New Special Collections & Archives Web Site

The University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives are happy to announce the launch of our new website, created in collaboration with the Office of Marketing. The new website officially launched on August 3, 2022, in conjunction with the launch of the new website for the University Libraries. For more information about the overall UL web site makeover, learn more on the UL blog.

New WSUL Special Collections and Archives web site (screen shot captured Aug 4, 2022)
New WSUL Special Collections and Archives web site (screen shot captured Aug 4, 2022)

Most of the sections and content are the same as they were before, but things have just been moved around a bit and look a little different.

Changes specific to Special Collections and Archives include:

  • Explore the SC&A resources and services through a new drop-down menu that is accessible from any page of the UL web site.
  • Our “Ask an Archivist” and Research Request Form have been incorporated into the streamlined and simplified “Ask Us” service, a one-stop location (also accessible from any page of the UL web site) for all your library/archives-related questions! You can still find our Archives Research Request form there, and (for more general inquiries) we are also listed on the Contact Us form.
  • We have a brand new Collection Guides portal, for a much more dynamic searching experience in our manuscript and local government collections.
WSUL SC&A's new Collection Guides portal powered by ArchivesSpace (screen shot captured Aug 4, 2022)
WSUL SC&A’s new Collection Guides portal powered by ArchivesSpace (screen shot captured Aug 4, 2022)

Our archivists have been working hard for the past 2+ years to import our legacy finding aids into a new system powered by ArchivesSpace (an open-source archives information management application), replacing the previous home-grown collection guides system that served us well for more than a decade! Among its many perks, the new system will allow for much more granular searching and description. We are really excited about it, and we hope you will be too!

If you have any questions about our new web site or collection guides portal, please use the Contact Us form, and under “My question is related to,” please be sure to select “Archival material or local history” so that your question comes directly to us.

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Job Posting: Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian

If you’re passionate about metadata and institutional repositories, enjoy opportunities to collaborate across campus units, and want to work with a great group of people, then we’re looking for you! Come join our team at Wright State University Libraries.

We’re hiring a Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian who will be responsible for metadata creation and associated authority and quality control and other duties associated with enhancing discovery, access, and delivery of content through our institutional repository, CORE Scholar.  This work supports research, innovation, scholarship, and creative activities of the students, faculty, and staff of Wright State University.

 For detailed information and to apply for the position, please visit

First preference is given to applications received by August 5, 2022.

Wright State University

Wright State University is a national public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 11,000 students. Offering 315 degree programs, the university is made up of five colleges, two schools, and a branch campus in Celina, Ohio. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education.

University Libraries

The University Libraries uphold the mission of Wright State University by providing exceptional research services and resources to facilitate faculty and student success and by fostering innovation and life‐long learning in our diverse community. Our staff support the values of service, people, learning, research, collaboration, and stewardship. Wright State is a founding member of OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network, which cooperatively and cost-effectively purchases print and digital scholarly resources for its members, over 120 Ohio academic libraries.

About the region

Located in Southwestern Ohio, Dayton is known as the crossroads of innovation. Dayton ranked No. 2 on Livability’s list of the Best Affordable Places to Live. “Dayton offers a rich assortment of things to do, from outdoor recreation that includes canoeing and ice skating to cultural amenities, like the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.”

·         “Best Places to Live” – U.S. News and World Report
·         “Top Three places to Live in Ohio”U.S. News and World Report
·         “America’s Most Affordable Cities” – Forbes
·         “Top-10 Cities for Career Opportunities” – SmartAsset
·         “Top-10 Most Creative Mid-Sized Cities” – Movoto
·         “The 25 Best Towns of 2017” – Outside
·         “These U.S. Cities Have the Most Green Spaces” – National Geographic

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New Exhibit Honors #Dunbar150

A new exhibit about renowned Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar is now on display in the lobby of the Dunbar Library, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the the poet’s birth (June 27, 1872).

Paul Laurence Dunbar exhibit, Dunbar Library lobby Alumni case, June 2022
Paul Laurence Dunbar exhibit, Dunbar Library lobby Alumni case, June 2022

The centerpiece of this exhibit is a painting of Dunbar created by local artist Angelo Hopson and donated to Wright State University Libraries.

The exhibit also includes biographical information and photographs illustrating Dunbar’s life, as well as reproductions of the covers of Dunbar’s books. (Some original first edition Dunbar poetry books can be seen on display in the Special Collections and Archives reading room, 401 Dunbar Library, during our open hours.)

For more information about the life and works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, take a peek at the Paul Laurence Dunbar section of our web site, which includes book cover images, text for all of his poems, a photo gallery, and more!

If you have any questions, please ask us!

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