List of Special Collections

Association for Creative Change Records, 1968-1996

University Archives and Special Collections

Administrative materials, publications, and photographs pertaining to the Association for Creative Change, a national group of behavioral scientists employed in religious systems.

Size: 5.5 linear feet (11 boxes)

The materials in this collection document the operation and history of the Association for Creative Change. The collection includes bylaws, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, conference brochures, professional recognition records, publications, research projects, and photographs, among other records. The collection spans 1968-1996.

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Brown Collection

University Archives and Special Collections

Donated to the library by University of Dayton alumnus Jack Brown and his two brothers, this collection represents their interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, in Civil War military cemeteries and tombstones, and in the resting place of prominent Americans. It is mainly an archival collection, consisting of books and pamphlets, photographs, and miscellaneous documents.

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Bruno V. Manno Collection on Michael Polanyi, 1936-2009

University Archives and Special Collections

Materials pertaining to 20th century philosopher and scientist Michael Polanyi, including articles, lectures, correspondence, and audio recordings. Polanyi was Hungarian-born and later worked in Germany and Great Britain. He was a senior research fellow at Merton College, Oxford, when he died in 1976. The materials in this collection were accumulated by Bruno V. Manno, S.M., member of the UD Religious Studies Department.

Size: 7 linear feet (9 boxes)

The Bruno V. Manno collection on Michael Polanyi consists mainly of articles written by and about Polanyi as well as some of Polanyi’s lectures. Also included are records from symposia, conferences, and workshops about Polanyi. The collection includes documents and newsletters pertaining to the Consortium for Higher Education and Religious Studies (CHER), the Polanyi Society of Explorers, Convivium, and the Polanyi Society. The collection also contains the papers of Bruno V. Manno, S.M.

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Catholic Council on Civil Liberties Records, 1958-1967

University Archives and Special Collections

Administrative records, publications, photographs, and correspondence of the Catholic Council on Civil Liberties (formerly the American Freedoms Council), a national group of Catholics involved in the civil liberties front.

Size: 1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)

The materials in this collection document the creation and operation of the Catholic Council on Civil Liberties, originally named the American Freedoms Council. The collection includes the constitution, bylaws, membership applications, and mailing lists of the organization, as well as briefs filed in court cases, publications, photographs, and newspaper clippings. A large portion of the collection is the correspondence of the organization's officers and members, namely Thomas F. Ritt (director), Russell W. Gibbons (secretary), William B. Ball and A.V. Krebs (members of the national board of directors), and Joseph O'Meara, A.C. Germann, and Rev. Louis A. Gales (members of the national advisory committee).

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Charles W. Whalen Jr. Congressional Papers, 1945-2003 (bulk 1967-1978)

University Archives and Special Collections

Congressional and personal papers of former Congressman Charles W. Whalen Jr. (1920-2011) of Ohio's 3rd District, which he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1966-1979. A former economics professor at the University of Dayton, Whalen was interested in political and economic diplomacy and international economic issues.

Size: 237.5 linear feet (481 boxes, 41 scrapbooks)

This collection provides a window into local and national history in the 1960s and 1970s through the files of Ohio's 3rd District representative to Congress, Charles W. Whalen Jr. Although these papers span 1945-2003, the bulk is from Whalen's years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1966-1979). The papers include correspondence, news clippings, financial reports, speeches, bills, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and other materials pertaining to Whalen's campaigns, legislative career, and personal life.

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Dayton Bach Society Records, 1974-2001

University Archives and Special Collections

Administrative, publicity, and performance materials of the Dayton Bach Society, a highly regarded semi-professional chorus in Dayton, Ohio, founded by UD music professor Dr. Richard P. Benedum in 1974. The Dayton Bach Society dissolved in 2002.

Size: 36 linear feet (57 boxes)

These records document the operations and performances of the Dayton Bach Society and its activity in the performing arts community of Dayton, Ohio in the late 20th century. The materials include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial and grant records, programs, news clippings, posters, and audio and video recordings, among others. The materials span the life of the Dayton Bach Society, 1974-2002.

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Dime Novel Club Reprints, 1877-1964

University Archives and Special Collections

Charles Bragin, an avid collector of dime novels, used his vast personal collection to issue a series of reprints in the late 1940s. This enterprise became known as the Dime Novel Club and was based in Brooklyn, New York. For a small fee, collectors around the country would receive the reprints through the mail.

Size: 36 linear feet (57 boxes)

This collection contains sixty-five facsimile reprints of original dime novels. The original publication dates span 1877-1915. The dime novels feature heroes such as Buffalo Bill, Frank Merriwell, Nick Carter, and Deadwood Dick.

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Doris Speyer J. F. Kennedy Collection

University Archives and Special Collections

This collection focuses on President Kennedy and to a lesser extent on his immediate family. Collected by Doris H. Speyer, it consists of over 100 books, 12 scrapbooks, medals, coins, framed pictures, sculptures, a letter to Ms. Speyer signed by President Kennedy, and other memorabilia. Research materials on JFK's assassination donated by Roy Schaeffer are included.

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Edward C. Dill Collection of Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorabilia, 1797-1952

University Archives and Special Collections

Materials collected by UD alumnus, Edward C. Dill (1911-1953). Dill was a great admirer of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and an avid collector of memorabilia related to the thirty-second president of the United States of America.

Size: 27 linear feet (17 boxes, 10 scrapbooks)

The Edward C. Dill collection of Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia contains books, pamphlets, busts, plaques, campaign pins, photographs, medals, scrapbooks, and other materials related to FDR. There are also several items of interest not pertaining to FDR, including a U.S. Centennial medal and a Columbian Exposition medal.

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George Zimmerman Music Collection

University Archives and Special Collections

In 2001 this special collection was donated to the Libraries by retired Music Professor George Zimmerman. This multifaceted collection consists of dozens of musical instruments from many parts of the world, over 1200 pieces of rare American sheet music, and musical scores of American musicals.

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Glenn R. Walters Collection, 1893-1999 (bulk 1954-1999)

University Archives and Special Collections

Collection of video recordings and associated materials produced by Glenn Walters and his production company, Valdhere, Inc., during his active career as a non-theatrical film and television producer (1954-1999). The recordings cover topics of business and industry throughout the twentieth century.

Size: 126.3 linear feet (including 995 video segments on 256 DVC Pro tapes)

In addition to video footage, the collection includes scripts; shooting, editing, and sound mixing notes; and pre-production research. There are also some antique media materials dating back to 1893. The collection is a resource for the history of local video and television production in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Josephine L. Schwarz Papers, 1905-1999

University Archives and Special Collections

Personal and professional papers pertaining to dancer and choreographer Josephine Schwarz and to the Schwarz School of Dance and Dayton Ballet, both of which she founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1927 and 1937, respectively.

Size: 9.6 linear feet (20 boxes)

In addition to photographs, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, scrapbooks, and other materials pertaining to the career and life of Josephine Schwarz, this collection contains materials on Dayton-area dance organizations. It documents the Schwarz School of Dance and the Dayton Ballet from the 1920s to the 1980s through press releases, brochures, announcements, summer schedules, ballet scores, and Miss Jo's choreography notes. It also contains programs and articles of the Dayton Civic Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

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Julien M. Christensen Papers, 1943-1998

University Archives and Special Collections

Publications and documents on human factors engineering accumulated by Dr. Julien M. Christensen (1918-1998), a UD psychology professor. Christensen worked for the U.S. Air Force for many years, performing psychological research and applications work. He wrote more than 133 books and journal articles, and the Human Factors Association of Canada gives an annual award in his name.

Size: 24 linear feet (20 boxes)

The Julien M. Christensen papers contain publications and documents related to human factors engineering in both the public and academic spheres. Included are journals; newsletters and magazines; design guides, standards, and regulations; and Christensen's personal publications, classroom materials, and correspondence.

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Karl West Flaster Papers, 1837-1994

University Archives and Special Collections

Professional and personal papers of the librettist and poet, Karl West Flaster (1905-1965). Flaster collaborated with musical composer Vittorio Giannini on three operas: Lucedia, The Scarlett Letter, and The Harvest.

Size: 5 linear feet (7 boxes)

The collection includes contracts, royalty statements, musical scores, poems, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to librettist and poet Karl West Flaster. The majority dates to his adult life, circa 1920-1965, but some materials date to after his death in 1965. These include materials compiled by his son, Karl Wonderly Flaster, after his death and Jeffrey W. Price's book about Flaster's work with Vittorio Giannini, published in 1994.

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Miriam Jacobs Baseball Collection

University Archives and Special Collections

This special collection was bequeathed to the Libraries by Daytonian Miriam Jacobs, who wanted it kept next to that of her brother and sister-in-law, Victor and Irene Jacobs. It witnesses to Miss Miriam's lifelong love of baseball. It consists of books and serials, two extensive collections of baseball cards, autographed baseballs and photographs, and other baseball memorabilia.

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Pflaum Publishing Company Publications, 1889-1971

University Archives and Special Collections

Publications of the Pflaum Publishing Company, founded in Dayton, Ohio in 1885 by George Pflaum Sr. Upon his death, George Pflaum Jr. took over operation of the company and expanded its offering of religious publications for a Catholic readership that spread across the United States and Canada.

Size: 20.75 linear feet

The collection is mainly bound volumes of original weekly newspapers and comic books for Catholic youth. Titles include the Young Catholic Messenger, the Junior Catholic Messenger, Our Little Messenger, and the Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact, among other publications.

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Robert C. Koepnick Papers, 1879-1995 (bulk 1930s-1980s)

University Archives and Special Collections

Papers of Robert C. Koepnick (1907-1995), Dayton sculptor and long-time art instructor at the Dayton Art Institute. Koepnick is well known for his modern perspective on ecclesiastical art, and many of his works appear as architectural elements on churches and professional buildings throughout southwestern Ohio as well as around the United States.

Size: 5 linear feet (9 boxes)

This collection comprises files and photographs related to Koepnick's career as a sculptor and art instructor. Materials include correspondence, freelance ledgers, commission files, personal and professional photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and interviews on VHS tapes.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Collection

General stacks, 2nd Floor, Roesch Library

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America give Nebula Awards to outstanding authors in the genre each year. Many publishers circulate complimentary copies of their releases among SFWA members to promote their titles. These books are eventually donated to select libraries, including the UD Libraries. The collection was formed in the early 1970s with the first gift of books from Lloyd Biggle Jr. It circulates for campus use.

Si Burick Baseball Collection

University Archives and Special Collections

Bequeathed to the Libraries by the well-known Dayton sports journalist Si Burick, this special collection mainly contains books on baseball and other sports autographed by their authors. Histories of baseball teams and biographies and autobiographies of baseball players prevail.

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Si Burick Papers

University Archives and Special Collections

Papers of Simon "Si" Burick (1909-1986), a sports writer and later sports editor for the Dayton Daily News for sixty-one years (1925-1986). The collection contains sports memorabilia and files and objects pertaining to Burick's sports writing career. The collection includes some books, but many additional books can be found in the Rare Books and Special Collections of the University of Dayton's Roesch Library.

Size: 52 linear feet

The Si Burick collection contains 46 boxes of sports memorabilia, files, and objects, including articles, correspondence, reporter's notebooks, books, and photographs. The collection covers sports events of local, national, and international significance -- from high school athletics to the Olympics -- throughout the mid-twentieth century.

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Urban Schnurr Collection, 1886-1973

University Archives and Special Collections

This collection of memorabilia highlights music and theater performances in the U.S. and abroad during the mid-20th century. It was collected by UD Preparatory School alumnus Urban Schnurr (1906-1972). It includes Schnurr's personal papers.

Size: 31.2 linear feet

Posters, programs, playbills, newspaper clippings, books, scrapbooks, photographs and other memorabilia of the theater and performing arts. Materials originating in Dayton and Cincinnati form a large part of the collection, although the geographic range is extensive, with some materials from Europe, South America, and Asia. Particularly unique is Schnurr's collection of celebrity autographs.

The personal papers of Urban Schnurr include his correspondence, military papers, photographs, and movie reviews.

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Victor and Irene Jacobs Collection

University Archives and Special Collections

This special collection consists mainly of first editions of famous English and American literary works published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection represents the passionate lifelong collecting interest of Dayton lawyer Victor Jacobs and his wife Irene. The collection also includes many book auction catalogs.

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Victory Theatre Records, 1902-1981

University Archives and Special Collections

Records of the Victory Theatre (known as the Victoria Theatre since 1988), located on the corners of First and Main streets in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The Victoria Theater has been a center for performing arts since 1866.

Size: 10 linear feet

The Victory Theatre records consist of rental agreements, posters, photographs, programs, sheet music, and other items used at the Victory Theatre. The bulk of the collection is from the files of the Victory Theatre Association (VTA) and dates to 1975-1981. However, there are photographs, contracts, and programs from the 1920s and 1930s, and some of the sheet music is copyrighted as early as 1902.

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Wayne and Bette Morse collection on the Kenley Players, 1966-1995

University Archives and Special Collections

The Wayne and Bette Morse collection on the Kenley Players, a traveling theater company founded by John Kenley (1906-2009), is an accumulation of programs and organizational documents related to activities and performances of the Kenley Players in Dayton, Ohio, between 1966 and 1995.

Size: 1.7 linear feet (4 boxes)

This collection on the Kenley Players includes a wide range of materials related to the theater company's operations and performances at Memorial Hall in Dayton, Ohio. Included are programs and playbills, correspondence, agency documents, advertisements, flyers, and black-and-white photographs.

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