1937 Flood Scrapbook (MS-663)
Scope and Contents
The collection contains a scrapbook featuring various newspaper clippings covering the 1937 Ohio River flood. Clippings include photographs, brief articles and photo captions, advertisements, and local cartoons showing the flood’s impact on daily life, flood prediction, damage, and relief efforts. Material covers the flood’s impact on Cincinnati as well as some locations in Kentucky (e.g., Newport, Louisville, Dayton) and Indiana. Additionally, it contains a newspaper, published by the Cincinnati Times-Star as a pictorial history of the flood. This newspaper includes some of the photos that appear in the scrapbook.
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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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
In January and February 1937, record rainfall caused significant, record-breaking flooding in Ohio, as well as Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, especially along the Ohio River. Overall, the flood left a million people homeless, causing $500 million in property damage. In Cincinnati, the flood displaced a hundred thousand people and killed two.
1 linear feet (1 scrapbook and 1 newspaper)
Language of Materials
The collection contains a scrapbook featuring newspaper clippings (articles, photographs, and advertisements) reporting the impact of the 1937 Ohio River flood on Cincinnati, Ohio, and surrounding areas in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. It also contains a special edition Cincinnati Times-Star newspaper about the flood.
The collection is arranged as two single items in original order.
Other Finding Aids
The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at https://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/collectionguides/files/ms663.pdf. It is also available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/.
The donor Roger Hopkins purchased the scrapbook in 2001. No additional information about the album’s provenance or creation is known.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, by Roger A. Hopkins, in July 2007.
An oversize newspaper clipping in the collection has been separated to oversize storage.
- Guide to the 1937 Flood Scrapbook (MS-663)
- Lisa Rickey, Megan O'Connor
- 2019 Sept 25
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