Wright State seeks federal funds for archives center

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Wright State University has applied for federal funds for a new center to house its archives, including a Wright Brothers collection and first-edition works by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the university has filed an application with the Priority Development and Advocacy Committee in Dayton for $2.2 million in funding over the next year to go toward the planned $8.2-million archives center.

The committee prioritizes regional applications it receives to determine what money to request from federal officials.

The university announced in October that it was launching a $6.5-million fundraising campaign for a new home for its historical archives.

Officials say the new center would provide improved environmental conditions to protect the historical artifacts and include an exhibit gallery and a conference room.