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Wright Family Photograph Album, circa 1880

 File — Box: 40

Scope and Contents

The album was begun circa 1880. It includes tintypes, cabinet cards and cartes des visites of Wright family members and friends. Portraits include John Gottleib Koerner; Catherine Koerner; Bishop Milton Wright; Susan Koerner Wright; Katharine Wright aged about 18; Wilbur Wright aged about 13 and at age17; Reuchlin and Lulu Billheimer Wright; their first daughter, Catharine Louise Wright as an infant and at age 4; Katharine Wright aged about 6; Orville Wright as an infant and aged about 10; Viola Oberlender; Ella Maude Nevertell; Pepka Elkader; E.E. Esterley; Emma Teller Dennis; Joseph Boyd; Dr. Lewis Davis; the Ten Dayton Boys; John Feight; Charles and Sarah Wright Harris; Wilbur Landis; William and Lottie Andrews; Irvin Koogle; Frank Gilbert; and M.L. Rinehart. The majority of the photographs are in excellent condition however the album itself is in fragile condition.


  • circa 1880

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The records are in English, French, German and Italian

Restrictions on Access

Due to preservation concerns, original audio and video recordings in the collection cannot be played in the reading room. Patrons may have access to reference copies. Items without reference copies can be digitized at the request of a patron for the cost of creating a digital copy. Please provide us at least two weeks advance notice if you would like to request an audio or video reference copy. Call (937) 775-2092 or e-mail us at Use of digitized content is subject to conditions governing use.

To reduce stress on the original photographs, photo albums, newspapers, Wright Family School Items, and Milton Wright Diaries, patrons are asked to first use digital copies, in place of the originals. The digitized items are available online in CORE SCHOLAR at


From the Collection: 38.75 linear feet (and 203 volumes)

Existence and Location of Originals

The Wright Family Photograph Album has been digitized and can be viewed online in Wright State University’s Campus Online Repository (CORE Scholar): In addition to the album as a whole, the individual photographs contained therein may be found in CORE Scholar by searching for ms1_40*.

Physical Description

Original brown leather photograph album with gold embossed edges, about 9 by 12 inches, designed to hold cabinet card and carte de visite photographs.


Repository Details

Part of the Wright State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA