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Miami Valley School Records

Identifier: MS-358

Scope and Content

The Miami Valley School Collection contains the administrative, academic, and community history of the Miami Valley School. It would be most useful to someone interested in the history and practices of this particular school. A selection of materials from the collection are digitized and available online through the Campus Online Repository (CORE Scholar) at The collection is divided into six series.

Series I, History and Administrative, includes documents related to administration, policymaking, and operation at the school. It includes history materials, early brochures and an oral history project focusing on the founding of MVS. Other materials in the collection include administrative minutes and memos, Board of Trustees files, faculty minutes and memos, correspondence, faculty handbook, statistics and evaluations, parents' association minutes, student directories, and information about school construction projects. Use of the Administrative series is restricted because it contains some sensitive personal information about students and former students, such as grades, behavior issues, and home addresses.

Series II, Development Office, includes items related to school fundraising and special events, such as: the school's auction fundraiser, Annual Fund drive, annual reports, anniversary celebrations, endowments, and memorial celebrations. This series also includes information relating to Mazza, a collection of artwork at the Miami Valley School.

Series III, Academics, contains items related to the school's academic curriculum and programs. These items include: student handbooks, courses of study, course descriptions, Immersion intensive study programs, summer reading lists, summer camp, and academic awards nights. This series also includes items related to commencement, such as thank-you booklets, commencement programs and videos, and graduation speeches.

Series IV, Publications, contains works published by or about the Miami Valley School, usually by MVS staff or students. This series is divided into 5 subseries. Subseries IV-A: Yearbooks, consists of school yearbooks (usually titled Successions), with available volumes dated from 1971 to 2008, as well as 2016. Subseries IV-B: Newsletters (1964-2019), includes a variety of newsletters, newspapers, or magazines, developed by MVS staff and students, to share MVS-related news. Newsletters produced by adults (MVS faculty and/or staff), and usually directed at parents, alumni, or other community members, include The Bulletin (1980-2008) and The MVS Magazine, among other titles. One section includes classroom newsletters from all teachers for the entire 2006-2007 academic year. This section also includes what appears to be an internal staff newsletter Community Concinnities (2007-2013). The main student newspaper is Phloem and Xylem (1973-2018), as well as The Miami Valley Commonweal (1966), The Sapling (1993), and Around the Horn (2019). Subseries IV-C: Literary and Art Publications (1977-2012) is subdivided between Upper School publications (Aesthesia, Moire, Spume, etc.) and Lower School publications (Leisure Literature, MVS Writes Again, Many Voices Sounding, Magnesia, etc.). Subseries IV-D: Cookbooks, includes holiday and international cookbooks (1985-1987), as well as Bread and Roses (2015), which has mainly recipes and herbal information, as well as some articles. Subseries IV-E: MVS History Publications (1992-2004), consists of publications documenting the history of MVS, such as: The Miami Valley School: 1956-2003, A Retrospective by Barbara Cleary and On the MVS Woods by William H. King.

Series V, Scrapbooks, includes numbered scrapbooks dating from 1959-1995, as well as a series of scrapbooks called "MVS in the News," covering the years from 1985-1997. These scrapbooks consisted mainly of newspaper clippings, which have been photocopied onto acid-free archival copy paper and placed in folders.

Series VI, Audiovisual, contains photographs (and some negatives), most of which are unlabeled. The photographs existed in two distinct groups upon donation to the archives, so those two groupings have been maintained and reflected in their arrangement: by subject or by year. Any photo CDs were separated and stored in the electronic archive. The bulk of photographs in both groups seem to be from the late 1980s through 2008. This collection also contains promotional videos, complimentary television news clips, commencement videos and two DVDs.

The first group of photographs is organized according to broad subject headings. These photographs were all mixed up, in no particular order, when they came to the archives, so they were arranged by subjects, such as academics, student life, sports, special events, and student organizations. This first group also included several negatives, which have been filed with them. It is believed that these photographs came from the development office.

The second group of photographs is organized according to year. These photographs came to the archives neatly arranged in photo albums, with the year clearly marked on the album. The original order has been maintained as nearly as possible-that is, the order in which they were placed into the albums. They are not in order by subject. It is believed that these photographs came from the yearbook staff, because many of them contain traces of the stickers used to designate page number and placement for yearbook layout. There were no negatives in this group.


  • Creation: 1954 - 2019


Restrictions on Access

There are restrictions on access to, and use of, the Miami Valley School Collection.

Privacy/confidentiality: The Administrative series is restricted because it includes sensitive personal information about students and former students, such as grades, behavior issues, and home addresses.

Magnetic media formats (audio/video reels, cassettes) without a reference copy: Due to preservation concerns, original audio and video materials cannot be played in the reading room. Patrons may have access to digitized reference copies. Items without existing reference copies can be digitized at the patron’s request for the cost of creating a digital copy. Please contact us at least two (2) weeks in advance if you would like to request an audio or video reference copy.

Electronic records: Access to electronic records (indicated by an e-number, e.g., ms358_e0001) in this collection is restricted until they are fully processed. Requests for unprocessed electronic records can be submitted for consideration by contacting us at least two (2) weeks in advance. Archives staff reserve the right to restrict access to files with privacy or confidentiality concerns or to deny requests in which the review period is insufficient, given the volume of records requested and the desired access date. Access to original electronic media is restricted.

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.

History of Miami Valley School

In the mid-1950s, many parents in Dayton, Ohio, were looking for a way to provide their children with exceptional educations, rooted in experiential learning as well as a classical, liberal arts curriculum to prepare students for higher education in college. In 1956, Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Marti came to Dayton and founded just such a school, The Marti School, on Munger Road in Dayton. Eight years later, the Miami Valley School evolved from its predecessor The Marti School.

The Miami Valley School (MVS) opened at the Munger Road site in 1964. In 1966, the school moved to its present location at 5151 Denise Drive, Dayton. Mrs. George H. Mead donated the 17-acre tract of land that comprised the original Denise Drive campus, which has expanded and changed much over the years. There have been many additions to the Miami Valley School, including many new classrooms and new buildings. Major additions include: Student Activity Center (1978); Nutter Science Center (1993); Hobart Early Childhood Center (2001); Lofino Athletic Center and Yannes Arts Center (2004).

The Miami Valley School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). It received preliminary accreditation at its opening in 1964 and permanent accreditation in 1973. In 1974, the school's tenth anniversary year, MVS launched its Immersion program, an experiential learning program for grades 7-12, and in that same year was the school's first graduating class of 17 students. In 1976, MVS received its college preparatory charter from the state of Ohio.

Source: Barbara A. Cleary, The Miami Valley School, 1956-2003: A Retrospective (Wilmington, Ohio: Orange Frazer Press), 2004.

Walter "Ted" Truslow
Robert E. Fatherly
Duncan W. Alling
Thomas G. Brereton
Peter B. Benedict, II


34.64 linear feet

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The Miami Valley School Records includes administrative materials, such as meeting minutes, Board of Trustees files, faculty and parents' association information; development office materials, related to fundraising and special events; academics materials, such as course of study, student handbooks, academic programs, and commencement exercises; publications, such as the school newspapers, yearbooks, and other writings about the school; scrapbooks, mainly consisting of news articles; and photographs. All of the items in this collection relate directly to the Miami Valley School in some way, being either created by, for, or about the school or a member of its community. The Miami Valley School Records dates from 1954 to 2019. However, the vast majority of materials, especially the scrapbooks and photographs, date from the late 1980s through the 1990s. There are restrictions on the use of the Miami Valley School Records. The Administrative series is restricted because it includes sensitive personal information about students and former students, such as grades, behavior issues, and home addresses. In celebration of the School's 50th anniversary in 2014, a selection of materials are digitized and available at

Statement of Arrangement

The Miami Valley School Collection is organized into 6 series:

  1. Series I: History and Administrative, 1954-2016
  2. Series II: Development Office, 1956-2018
  3. Series III: Academics, 1968-2019
  4. Series IV: Publications, 1964-2019
  5. Series V: Scrapbooks, 1959-2006
  6. Series VI: Audiovisual, 1960-2008

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Electronic files will require the use of appropriate computer hardware and software.

Acquisition Information

The Miami Valley School Records were originally donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by the school in May 2006.


Additions are expected for this collection. Many additions have been received between 2007 and 2021.

Related Materials

Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives includes personal and family papers of some individuals associated with the Miami Valley School, including former students Dr. John Erni Remick (MS-554) and David L. Smith (MS-588).

Processing Information

Processed by: Lisa Pasquinelli, August 2007, and Victoria Penno, March 2014. Additions processed by Lisa (Pasquinelli) Rickey, January 2022.

Guide to the Miami Valley School Records (MS-358)
Lisa Rickey
2022 January 12
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Revision Statements

  • 2007 August: Lisa Pasquinelli (Lisa Rickey) completed initial processing and finding aid in August 2007.
  • 2014 March: Victoria Penno processed additions and revised finding aid in March 2014.
  • 2022 January: Lisa Rickey, Donna Bobb, and Delaney Dawson processed additions to Series IV: Publications, and Lisa Rickey revised finding aid accordingly, in January 2022.
  • 2022 February: Lisa Rickey processed additions to Series I: History/Administrative, Series II: Development Office, Series III: Academics, and Series VI: Audiovisual (video only), in February 2022.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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