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Special Collections & Archives

1913 Dayton Flood Frequently Asked Questions

If you can't find the answer to your question below, please contact the Archives.

Who can request the exhibit?

The exhibit is available to any organization or institution interested. This includes, but is not limited to public and private schools and institutions of higher learning, historical societies, civic organizations, businesses, local governments, and event coordinators.

How much does it cost to borrow the exhibit?

The exhibit is loaned free of charge. If the exhibit is shipped to the location, all shipping charges are the responsibility of the borrower.

Is the exhibit shipped or do I need to pick it up?

We encourage the borrower to pick up the exhibit at the Dunbar Library on the Wright State University campus. The exhibit is light weight and comes in a fabric carrying bag. However, we will ship the exhibit if needed at the borrower's expense. The borrower is also responsible for returning the exhibit using FedEx. Insurance is required on the shipping.

What are the space and security requirements to display the traveling exhibit?

The exhibit is an easy to assemble, free-standing pop-up display, consisting of three fabric panels, each measuring 33.5" wide and 7' tall. Each panel is printed on one side only. The exhibit is for indoor display only. While we do not have further security requirements, please be aware that the borrower must agree to terms explained in the Borrower Agreement and the borrower will be responsible for replacement cost if the exhibit is damaged. When planning to borrow the exhibit, please consider whether the exhibit will be in view of staff at all times during open hours, and how the display will be secured after public viewing hours.

How is the exhibit assembled or installed?

Exhibit assembly is simple and is similar to pulling down a projector screen or window blind. We have created a detailed exhibit installation instruction sheet with illustrations, as well as a demonstration video (below), to aid with exhibit setup.If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How long are the loan periods?

The exhibit can be borrowed for up to two weeks at a time. Please contact us if requesting a longer loan.

What if the dates we want are not available?

The exhibit is being scheduled on a first come, first served basis. We will make every effort to accommodate your first choice of dates. If you have scheduling questions, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Does Special Collections & Archives have more traveling exhibits?

The 1913 Dayton Flood traveling exhibit is the only traveling exhibit available from Special Collections & Archives at this time. Please enjoy the web exhibits on our web site. In addition, the public is welcome to see the exhibits on display in the Dunbar Library, which rotate on a regular basis.

What other resources does Wright State have on the 1913 Dayton Flood?

Special Collections and Archives maintains a subject guide of manuscript collections containing significant materials about and from the 1913 Flood. An oral history project with survivors of the 1913 Flood can be found in CORE Scholar. In addition, many of the Archives' collections contain some materials on the 1913 Flood as well. For instance, there is a small folder of photographs in Box 11 of the Frigidaire Tired Old Men Collection (MS-406). We hold several books on the topic as well, some of which were published right after the flood occurred.

I am a teacher, are there sources I can use in the classroom to accompany the exhibit?

Yes! Please contact us for help with obtaining copies of primary sources for your classroom.

Kurtz Miller and Dr. Christina O'Malley are Adjunct Faculty at Wright State University in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department. Dr. O'Malley developed a lesson plan designed for high school students, and offered the lesson plans as a resource and example of how the Great Flood of 1913 can be studied in the classroom. The lesson plan focuses on the math and science behind the flood. A PDF includes readings, assignments and a quiz. In the lesson, students calculate the volume of runoff of the flood, as well as the total volume of all of the conservancy dams to see if a similar type of flood could be prevented. The lesson plan is available courtesy of Kurtz Miller and Dr. Christina O'Malley.

Who sponsored the exhibit?

The 1913 Dayton Flood Traveling Exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the Wright State University Libraries' Friends of the Libraries Staff Grant awarded in 2012. In addition, Battelle Dayton Operations, the Dayton office of the Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio generously contributed funds to support the project.