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Series II: Subject Files


Scope and Contents

Series II: Subject Files documents events, places, and things - any news item that is not a person.


  • Creation: 1890 - 2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930 - 1980


Restrictions on Access

The Dayton Daily News Archive is stored off-site. Please contact the Archives staff at 937-775-2092 or with your research topic at least three business days in advance of visiting to allow time to retrieve files.


From the Collection: 2090 linear feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


The arrangement of files in this series varies by subseries. See individual subseries for arrangement details.

Other Finding Aids

No comprehensive typed index to the Subject Files series is available; however, some Journal Herald subseries were indexed by the newspaper using a card file system (that was typed into a database by Wright State). See individual subseries for details.


Since 2022, this series has been undergoing weeding (reappraisal) to remove photographs created by external news agencies, such as the Associated Press, United Press International, World Wide News, etc. As a result, the extent (linear feet) for this subseries is expected to decrease in the future.

The former Subseries B: Dayton Daily News Black & White Country and Island (37 records storage boxes), contained photos (and some clippings) on international news produced largely by media sources other than the Dayton Daily News. In 2023, these files were weeded (reappraised) and materials created by external news agencies were discarded. The remaining approximately 2 linear feet of materials were then re-integrated into the "regular" Dayton Daily News Black and White files, which is where they appeared to have come from originally (based on the file naming conventions).

Related Materials

Researchers are encouraged to also search Series V: Negatives for photographs of subjects.

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