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Everett Neukom Papers

Identifier: MS-90

Scope and Content

Correspondence, photographs, newspapers, a map, and other flood related materials provide researchers with personal experience enduring and recovering from the 1913 Dayton Flood, as well as the perspective of a photographer visually documenting the flood for publication. The Everett Neukom papers fall into two series: Series I: Personal, and Series II. 1913 Flood Newspapers and Map.

Series I Personal, contains correspondence of Everett and his family and deals mainly with Everett moving to Dayton and with other common family occurrences. Researchers concerned with the Flood, would want to examine the correspondence of Edward and Nellie Neukom who lived in Dayton with Everett, as their letters provide some insight into that event. Correspondents Edward and Nellie Neukom were Everett's parents; Vinnie Bacher became his wife; and Lisetta Neukom was Everett's sister. Also included in this series are photographs of the family, and miscellaneous flood items from their experience, such as sanitary notices. Please see oversize folder 6, file 8 for a Dayton Journal newspaper with the article "Well-Known Young Couple Wedded in Tiffin Saturday" on Neukom's wedding announcement.

Series II 1913 Flood Newspapers and Map, contains flood coverage from Dayton and other major cities, such as Detroit and Philadelphia. Also included is a 1913 map showing the flood affected areas in Dayton.


  • Creation: 1900-1927
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1908-1915


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Biography of Everett Neukom

Everett Edward Neukom was born in 1894 in Philadelphia, the son of Nellie and Edward Neukom. Neukom graduated from Steele high School in Dayton in 1912 to embark on a career in photography. In November of 1912 Neukom was hired by the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO) as head of the Photographic Department. Later he became involved in the Miami Conservancy District and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He also was associated with Arthur Morgan, one of the founders of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Neukom died in 1979 while residing in Knoxville, Tennessee.


2 linear feet

Language of Materials



Neukom worked as a photographer for both the DELCO Corporation in Dayton and the Miami Conservancy District during the early part of the 20th century. His papers include family correspondence, clippings, personal memorabilia, pamphlets, and photographs relating to the 1913 Dayton flood.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 2 series:

  1. Series I: Personal
  2. Series II: Flood Newspapers and Map

Other Finding Aid

The finding aid is available on the Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives web site at

Acquisition Information

The Wright State Archives received this collection from the Antioch Archives who had in turn received the papers after they had been examined by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Therefore the collection at Wright State is only the segment of Neukom's papers that deal mainly with his personal life while at Dayton. The collection was accessioned on September 20, 1979

Related Material

MS-128 Miami Conservancy District Records

Separated Material

The Flood photographs (which includes a small collection of Flood photos by Mayfield) have been separated to the Dayton Flood Photograph File (MS-128). The published pamphlets relating to the Flood and also the DELCO have been separated and placed in the Pamphlet File (PAM files).

Published materials separated from the collection include:

The 1913 Flood and How it Was Met by a Railroad, Lewis S. Bigelow, The Pennsylvania Lines, 1914?

A Pictorial History of the Great Dayton Flood, Nellis R. Funk, Otterbein Press, 1913

Our National Calamity of Fire, Flood and Tornado, Logan Marshall, L.T. Myers, 1913

Dayton - A Story of the Great Flood (2 copies), DELCO Factory, 1913

The Book of the DELCO (2 copies), General Printing Co., 1914-1915

The Miami Conservancy Bulletin, Miami Conservancy District, 1923

Plus assorted copies of:

Scientific American

Abel's Photographic Weekly

DELCO Magazine

DELCO-Light Sales Bulletin

DELCO Doings

Processing Information

Processed by Wesley Henry, 1980. The finding aid was reformatted and the collection was rehoused in March, 2014 by Toni Vanden Bos.

Guide to the Everett Neukom Papers (MS-90)
Finding aid prepared by Wesley Henry, 1980
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2014 March: Finding aid revised.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA