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Eugene W. Sayer Collection (MS-648)

Identifier: MS-648

Content Description

The collection consists primarily of black and white negatives (as well as a few black and white prints and a few color slides) of Reynolds and Reynolds Company buildings and employees; animals and people at Richard H. Grant's Normandy Farm near Centerville; and other activities and scenes around Dayton, including (but not limited to) Esther Price Candy Company, the building of a new St. Anthony Catholic Church, Liberal Market, harness racing, downtown Dayton road construction, and aircraft on display.

All items are negatives unless otherwise indicated at the file level.


  • Creation: 1938 - 1952


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers must use scans or reference prints copies of to view the negatives.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene W. Sayer (1907-1986) was a layout artist and graphic artist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company, a forms printing company founded in Dayton in 1866. Sayer retired from Reynolds and Reynolds after 45 years of service. Sayer was also a member St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on Bowen Street in Dayton, as well as a member of the Dayton-area Wood Carver's Guild. Eugene Sayer and his wife Mary had eight children.

Richard H. Grant, Sr., (1878-1957) worked at National Cash Register and General Motors' DELCO-Light Company before becoming the head of Reynolds and Reynolds in 1938. Grant's Centerville estate on West Alexandersville-Bellbrook Road, called "Normandy Farms," included a mansion (which later became Normandy United Methodist Church), more than 700 acres of land, and a working farm and dairy operation.


0.2 linear feet (2 small flip-top boxes)

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The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Reynolds and Reynolds
  2. Richard H. Grant's Normandy Farm
  3. Other Dayton-Area Activities

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Eugene W. Sayer Collection was donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by Eugene Sayer's daughter, Judith M. (Sayer) Thompson in March 2019.

Guide to the Eugene W. Sayer Collection (MS-648)
Lisa Rickey
2023 October 30
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA