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United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Records (MS-680)

Identifier: MS-680

Scope and Contents

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) Collection contains Board of Directors minutes, attachments, correspondence, financial documents, budgets; news clippings (both loose and in large scrapbooks); press releases and newsletters; campaign files and reports; directories of area UW agencies; general history and materials used for the centennial book; photographs, negatives, slides, and slideshows; and audiovisual materials, both audio and video. The collection includes a small amount of digital material, mainly audio, video, and photographs. For more detailed information about the various materials, see the Scope and Content Note at the series or subseries level.


  • Creation: 1915 - 2015


Language of Materials

The majority of the materials are in English; however, at least one item includes Spanish. The presence of other languages are indicated at the folder or item level.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no donor-imposed restrictions on accessing material in this collection; however, this collection is subject to restrictions on accessing original audio/visual and electronic record formats due to preservation concerns.

Due to preservation concerns, original audio and video materials 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 contact us at least two weeks in advance if you would like to request an audio or video reference copy. Use of digitized content is subject to conditions governing use.

Some analog audiovisual materials, already restricted for the preservation reasons stated above, are also stored off-site.

All electronic records listed in this finding aid are processed and available; however, researchers are requested to contact us at least two days in advance when requesting electronic records.

Conditions Governing Use

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area retains any intellectual property rights, such as it may possess, to PHOTOGRAPHS in this collection.

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) is a charitable organization serving Montgomery, Greene, and Preble Counties in Ohio. It was established shortly after the 1913 flood, a natural disaster that devastated Dayton and much of the surrounding areas. It was known in the early days as the Community Chest. It also had close ties to the Dayton Red Cross for several years, as the two campaigned in a "United Fund" in the mid-20th century.

The UWGDA is a part of the larger United Way Worldwide, which was established in 1887. United Way organizations fundraise through workplace campaigns, where employees donate through payroll deduction to the campaign or fund drive, and then the funds are distributed to various United Way affiliated agencies, many of which focus on health, human services, education, housing, family life, and general welfare.

For more information about UWGDA and related support agencies in the area, visit the UWGDA's web site at


50.73 linear feet

6.858 Gigabytes


The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) was founded shortly after the 1913 flood. The United Way fundraises through workplace payroll deduction campaigns, in support of local nonprofit affiliates, to support health and human services agencies. The collection includes minutes, financial records, news clippings, press releases and newsletters, camapaign marketing materials and reports, agency directories, photographs, and audiovisual materials.


The collection is arranged in 8 series:

  1. Series I: Board of Directors
  2. Series II: News Clippings
  3. Series III: Press Releases and Newsletters
  4. Series IV: Campaign Files and Reports
  5. Series V: Directories
  6. Series VI: General History / Centennial Book
  7. Series VII: Photographs and Still Images
  8. Series VIII: Audiovisual

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A computer will be needed to view electronic records in this collection. File formats include but may not be limited to: PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, JPG, TIF, MPG, MP3, MP4, and MOV. The specific file format for a particular record or set of records is generally described at the folder or item level.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Records were donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area in December 2020.


Additional accruals are likely.

Related Materials

Related collections include: American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter, Records (MS-121); Frederick C. and Ruth P. Smith Papers (MS-558); and the Health and Welfare Planning Council of the Dayton Area Inc. Records (MS-689).

Separated Materials

Oversize materials have been separated to oversize flat file storage. Digital media have been separated to the E-Archive.

MS-689: Health and Welfare Planning Council of the Dayton Area Inc. Records were received among the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Records and were split off into a separate collection at processing time.

Guide to the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Records (MS-680)
Lisa Rickey
2023 March 7
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Processing made possible in part through the generous financial support of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area.

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