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Special Collections & Archives

1913 Dayton Flood

The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 was a catastrophic, yet defining, event in the city of Dayton's history. Out of this tragedy came a great community spirit of generosity, strength, and accomplishment in the prevention of another flood of such devastating proportion. In 2013, the community again comes together in commemoration of this event to reconnect with the past and understand its lasting legacy on our history, and on our physical landscape.

Captivating photographs and primary sources tell the story of the flood on three fabric panels each measuring 33.5" wide and 7' tall. An in depth brochure accompanies the exhibit free of charge. In addition, our web site offers enhanced resources on the flood, including a gallery of images, and extensive list of 1913 Flood resources.

This project is made possible through the generosity of a Wright State University's Friends of the Libraries Staff Grant, and the Dayton office of Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio. Due to their support, the 1913 Dayton Flood Traveling Exhibit is available at no cost, with the exception of shipping if needed. Any organization or institution is welcome and encouraged to borrow the exhibit for a two week period by filling out a request form. Please visit our FAQ or email us with any questions.