Dayton Music History Project Records (MS-607)
Scope and Contents
The majority of the collection consists of oral history interviews conducted with local musicians from 2017 to 2019. Individual interview files include digital video (MP4), transcript, and release form. Most text-based materials (such as transcripts and release forms) are available in both paper and electronic format. The files for Story Circle 1, a group interview with more than a dozen artists, include audio-only recordings (MP3), as well as administrative documentation, in addition to video, transcript, and release forms. Interviews were conducted by either archivist Chris Wydman or Public History student Matthew Mercer (as part of his capstone project).
Topics of discussion include the background and musical influences of the individual artists; band histories; notable venues, events, bands, and individuals in the local music scene; and reflections on the early history, major influences, distinctive qualities, and evolution of the Dayton music scene from the mid-1900s to 2019.
- Creation: 2017-2019
- Wydman, Chris (Person)
- Carrasas, Steve, 1948- (Person)
- Carter, James L. (Rev. Cool) (Person)
- Davis, Lenny, 1936-2022 (Person)
- Hill, Gary, 1951- (Person)
- Foreman, James (Person)
- Linville, Phil, 1950- (Person)
- MaLoon, Daniel C., 1948- (Person)
- Moore, Vondal (Person)
- Ogg, Janet (Person)
- Razor, Frances M. (Person)
- Stanley, Ira (Person)
- Craycraft, Vicki (Van Winkle) (Person)
- Webster, Rick (Person)
- Wright State University. Special Collections and Archives (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Original project documents which list the personal contact information of individual artists, such as release forms and participant lists, are restricted for 75 years from the date of creation. Redacted access copies of all such documents may be accessed with no restrictions. Restricted digital files in the E-Archive are filed under the collection number in a directory called “Restricted,” with subdirectories for the year that the restriction ends. Unrestricted digital files are in a directory called “Open.”
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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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
The Dayton Music History Project is an effort of Special Collections & Archives at the Wright State University Libraries. The project’s mission is to document, preserve, and provide access to the history and culture of Dayton’s vernacular and pop music scenes, including but not limited to Jazz, Blues, Rock, Punk, Funk, R&B, and Alternative music that have thrived locally in Dayton over the mid-to-late twentieth century.
The project’s goals are to: address the gap in the historical record related to vernacular and popular music culture in Dayton; collect recordings, set lists, photographs, zines, posters, flyers, ephemera, oral histories and early web history related to the Dayton music scene; process, preserve, and provide open access to the research collection; and use the collection to curate exhibits and programs designed to engage the community on Dayton music history, and the ongoing role of Special Collections & Archives at WSU in the preservation of local history.
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Language of Materials
The Dayton Music History Project is an effort of Special Collections & Archives at the Wright State University Libraries to document, preserve, and provide access to the history and culture of Dayton’s vernacular and pop music scenes, including but not limited to Jazz, Blues, Rock, Punk, Funk, R&B, and Alternative music that have thrived locally in Dayton over mid-to-late twentieth century. The collection consists primarily of oral history interviews with local musicians.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Electronic files require the use of appropriate computer hardware and software. File formats include JPG, TIF, PDF, and DOCX. (Note: All DOCX files include a PDF preservation copy.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Dayton Music History Project Records were generated by and within Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries.
Additions are anticipated.
Existence and Location of Copies
Some of the oral history videos and their associated transcripts are available online in CORE Scholar, Wright State University’s Campus Online Repository, at: https://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/special_ms607/. The videos are being added gradually as transcription and other metadata work is completed.
Materials donated by individual artists are preserved in separate collections for each artist.
- Guide to the Dayton Music History Project Records (MS-607)
- Lisa Rickey
- 2019 Aug 29
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- 2019 Aug 29: Revised Aug 2019 by Lisa Rickey to add new materials.
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Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA