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1937 Flood Scrapbook (MS-663)

Identifier: 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.


  • Creation: 1937

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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)

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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.

Custodial History

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.

Separated Materials

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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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