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Horace Wright Papers (MS-579)

Identifier: MS-579

Content Description

The Horace Wright Papers consist primarily of albums with photographs, clippings, and mementos documenting both Horace’s life and activities, as well as commemorations of the accomplishments of Horace’s uncles, Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Materials pertaining specifically to Horace's life and activities include childhood photographs; Horace’s education at Moraine Park School, studies at Miami University, and honorary degree from Wright State University; fishing and boating at Lambert Island; photos with Wright family members including Orville Wright; farming and livestock, including chickens, ducks, and sheep; Hickory Hollow Farm Projects and Horace’s broiler chicken business; iris breeding and cultivation; trips to Hawaii (1966) and Kittyhawk, North Carolina (1967); photos of Wright Brothers memorabilia inside Horace and Susan Wright’s home; Horace and Susan’s experience of the 1974 Xenia tornado; .

Many materials in this collection also document various commemorations honoring Wilbur and Orville Wright, as well as Horace’s participation in those activities as a representative of the Wright family. These include notable anniversaries especially the 75th anniversary of flight (1978), including activities at the Wright Memorial, Carillon Park, Wright-Dunbar historic district, and other places, as well as the 75th anniversary of the French flights at Pau (1984). There are also photos and mementos from other celebrations and events at the aforementioned places, as well as at Hawthorn Hill; the National Museum of the United States Air Force; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Kettering Moraine Museum; Asahel Wright house museum; South Dayton Airport; Montgomery, Alabama; and the National Soaring Museum in New York.

Notable people pictured or described in the collection include: Horace Wright and his wife Susan (Blair) Wright; Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright (Horace’s uncles); Lorin Wright (Horace’s father); Katharine Wright Haskell; Ivonette Wright Miller and Harold “Scribbs” Miller; Lowell Thomas; Jimmy Doolittle; Neil Armstrong; Ervin Nutter and Zoe Dell Nutter; Virginia Kettering; U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr; John and Evelyn Warlick; and August Brunsman.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

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

Horace Alfred Wright, also known as "Bus" or "Buster" to the family, was born on July 11, 1901, in Dayton, Ohio, the fourth and youngest child of Lorin and Ivonette (Stokes) Wright. Horace graduated from Moraine Park School and Miami University. He married Susan Blair (born 1902) on June 30, 1928, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Horace and Susan lived on Spahr Road near Bellbrook for many years. Horace was reknowned as a hybridizer of iris flowers and also a breeder of broiler chickens.

Horace and Susan Wright frequently participated in ceremonies and events honoring Horace's uncles, Wilbur and Orville Wright. Horace enjoyed telling stories about his famous uncles and representing the Wright family on these occasions. Horace and his sister, Ivonette Wright Miller, are fairly iconic in photos of most Wright Brothers commemorations from the latter part of the 20th century.

Horace Wright died on April 13, 1988, at Kettering Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. His wife Susan lived several more years (and continued to represent the Wright family at various functions), until her death in 1999. Horace and Susan Wright are buried in Dayton's Woodland Cemetery (section 122, near the lake).


2 linear feet

Language of Materials




The collection is arranged into two groups: documents and albums.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Horace Wright Papers were donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by the Wright family in 2010 and 2012.

Related Materials

MS-1: Wright Brothers Collection

MS-216: Ivonette Wright Miller Papers

Processing Information

Most of the albums were originally in 3-ring magnetic binders and have been transferred into 3-ring archival binder boxes. Newsprint has been photocopied for preservation of the information.

Guide to the Horace Wright Papers (MS-579)
Lisa Rickey
2023 November 15
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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