1937 Ohio River flood photograph collections, 1937

Descriptive Summary

Title
1937 Ohio River flood photograph collections, 1937
Creator
Ohio River Flood
Extent
40 items
Subjects
History
Photography
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
The Great Ohio River flood of January 1937 was one the worst natural disasters of the 20th century. Much of the media attention focused on Louisville, Kentucky, because, although the city was ravaged by the flooding, it was still accessible to the national media via air and rail. Most of the materials in the Photographic Archives collections were acquired through donations in the fall of 1986 as the result of a publicity campaign for a fiftieth anniversary exhibition held in early 1987. Among the gifts were several hundred feet of 35mm-newsreel film as well as 16mm documentary films and home movies. All the motion picture film has been professionally transferred to one-inch video. Still photos vary from snapshots to 8x10 professional studio prints with negatives ranging in size from 35mm copy negatives to 8x10. Highlights include photographs of Life magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White making some of her well known photographs of the flood, aerial views of the flooded city, and a flood scrapbook compiled by Neville Miller, mayor of Louisville during the disaster. Also present are many publications, postcards, souvenir booklets, flood memoirs, company newsletters, assessments of damage, and accounts of the relief efforts by charitable organizations.