Guide to the Kenneth Middaugh Scrapbook

Kenneth Middaugh Scrapbook
Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives
Phone: 937-775-2092
Middaugh, Mildred A. Bartlett, 1903-2000
0.5 linear feet (1 scrapbook)
A scrapbook created by Mildred Middaugh for her husband, Kenneth Middaugh, on his birthday in 1924. The scrapbook highlights Kenneth's activities as a jazz musician in the early 1920s.
The records are in English

Biography of Kenneth Middaugh

The Middaugh family was from New Paris, Preble County, Ohio. Kenneth Middaugh was born December 1, 1901, at New Paris, to Edwin and Pearle (Hinmon) Middaugh. He married Mildred Bartlett on June 25, 1924, in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. Kenneth and Mildred Middaugh had two sons, Richard and James. Kenneth was a jazz musician who played piano and who was a part of Marion McKay's orchestra, sometimes referred to as the Greystone Orchestra, and he was a part of a few other musical groups that borrowed the names of places they performed at. Kenneth took over management of the Trianon in Terre Haute, after he left Dayton and the Greystone Amusement Company. Kenneth performed in a variety of places such as Canton, Ohio, and Indian Lake. Later in life, Kenneth worked as a traveling salesman. In 1930, he lived in Syracuse, New York, and sold caskets; and in 1940, he lived in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and worked as a salesman for a folding box company. Kenneth died February 3, 1982, in Richmond, Indiana. He was buried in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris, Ohio.

Scope and Content

This scrapbook was created by Middaugh's wife for his birthday in 1924. It highlights his activities as a jazz musician in the early 1920s. The Middaugh family is from New Paris, Preble County, Ohio. Kenneth played in a jazz orchestra which performed in Dayton at the Greystone Ballroom, Cincinnati, Terre Haute, and other locations. He also was employed at Wilbur Wright Field. The scrapbook includes pictures of the recording studio he used in Indiana, and Wilbur Wright Field and Country Club.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection consists of a single scrapbook arranged in original order.

Restrictions on 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Related Material: Related Material

Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection (
NMAH.AC.1323) at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (includes information about Marion McKay Orchestra)

Subject Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Jazz musicians -- Indiana
Jazz musicians -- Ohio


Lange, Henry
McKay, Marion
Middaugh, James Douglas, 1929-
Middaugh, Kenneth, 1901-1982
Middaugh, Mildred A. Bartlett, 1903-2000
Middaugh, Richard Edwin, 1925-2009


Greystone Orchestra


Dayton (Ohio)--History
Terre Haute (Ind.)--History

Material Types:

Newspaper clippings

Technical Requirements

The collection resides in a flat box. The scrapbook is a black covered album that is bound with a black string. Inside there are photographs and newspaper clippings. This scrapbook is interleaved with archival paper.

Preferred Citation

[Description of item, Date], MS-542, Kenneth Middaugh Scrapbook, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Acquisition Information

The scrapbook was donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, by James Middaugh, son of Kenneth Middaugh, in October 2016.

Processing Information

Prior to donation, the scrapbook was digitized by Rafael Rivera of Richmond, Indiana; however, a digital copy is not currently in possession of Special Collections and Archives.


No additions are expected.

Other Finding Aid

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at It is also available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at

Collection Inventory

Box 1
Scrapbook, circa 1920-1924