San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Photographs by the Miles Brothers, 1906

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San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Photographs by the Miles Brothers, 1906

Collection number: BANC PIC 19xx.181--PIC

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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Processed by Terry Boom and The Bancroft Library staff.
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Photographs by the Miles Brothers
Date: 1906
Collection Number: BANC PIC 19xx.181--PIC
Creator: Miles Brothers
Extent: 43 glass plate negatives 35 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

Information for Researchers

Access

Original glass plate negatives restricted. Use viewing prints with call no. BANC PIC 19xx.181--PIC.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Photographs by the Miles Brothers, 1906, BANC PIC 19xx.181--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Organization History

The Miles brothers (Harry, Herbert, and Earl C.) were film exhibitors who established the first motion picture exchange in the United States in San Francisco in 1902. Prior to this they and other exhibitors had to purchase movies directly from the makers. Brother Harry came up with the idea of renting films to exhibitors, an idea that forever changed the growing industry.
Under the Miles Brothers Motion Picture Company, the brothers produced "actualities," filmed records of local views and current events. They were also active in foreign film distribution and the development of early storefront theaters (nickelodeons). In 1906, they constructed an elaborate studio in San Francisco with the intention of making narrative films. Had the earthquake and fire not destroyed their facility (before a single film was produced), they might have become major producers. They continued to make actualities through 1907, establishing a reputation for filming important boxing matches. The exchange was still in business as of 1915 on Mission Street in San Francisco, as noted in “Miles Brothers, Pioneers” ( The Moving Picture World, July 10, 1915, p. 248).
Souces: Bell, Geoffrey. The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen. Rutherford, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1984. p. 100-104. Musser, Charles. The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907. New York, Charles Scribner's, 1990. p. 484.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 43 glass plate negatives from which copy prints have been made. The photographs are primarily of street scenes and buildings damaged or destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire. Also included are two shots of the Miles brothers, two of boxer Jim Jeffries, and a few unidentified photos. Most of the photographs bear the company's name and a photograph number. The original glass plates are not available for use.
Sources: Bell, Geoffrey. The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen. Rutherford, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1984. p. 100-104
Musser, Charles. The Emergence of Cinema: the American Screen to 1907 . New York, Charles Scribner's, 1990. p. 484

Container Listing

 

Girls' High School BANC PIC 19xx.181:01--PIC

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Number: 1
 

St. Dominic's Church before steeple fell BANC PIC 19xx.181:02--PIC

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Number: 14
 

St. Dominic's Church BANC PIC 19xx.181:03--PIC

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Number: 15
 

St. Dominic's Church BANC PIC 19xx.181:04--PIC

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Number: 19
 

Olsen Family in Jefferson Park BANC PIC 19xx.181:05--PIC

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Number: 21
 

Band Stand in Golden Gate Park BANC PIC 19xx.181:06--PIC

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Number: 22
 

Southern Pacific Information and Register Tent BANC PIC 19xx.181:07--PIC

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Number: 33
 

Museum in Golden Gate Park BANC PIC 19xx.181:08--PIC

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Number: 34
 

Wrecked house BANC PIC 19xx.181:09--PIC

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Number: 58
 

Steam Wrecker on Van Ness Avenue BANC PIC 19xx.181:10--PIC

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Number: 59
 

Novelty Theater on Powell St. BANC PIC 19xx.181:11--PIC

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Number: 60
 

Bread line BANC PIC 19xx.181:12--PIC

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Number: 61
 

Group of wrecked houses, 17th and Howard Streets BANC PIC 19xx.181:13--PIC

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Number: 62
 

Wrecked house, Scott near Post St. BANC PIC 19xx.181:14--PIC

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Number: 64
 

Post Office Building, 7th and Mission Streets BANC PIC 19xx.181:15--PIC

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Number: 71
 

Lick Baths, 11th near Howard St. BANC PIC 19xx.181:16--PIC

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Number: 73
 

Safes on Sutter St. BANC PIC 19xx.181:17--PIC

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Number: 77
 

Book stores on Geary St. BANC PIC 19xx.181:18--PIC

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Number: 83
 

Book stores on Geary St. (copy 2) BANC PIC 19xx.181:19--PIC

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Number: 83
 

Claus Spreckels' Mansion BANC PIC 19xx.181:20--PIC

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Number: 86
 

Panorama, Grant Building BANC PIC 19xx.181:21--PIC

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Number: 87
 

Panorama, Grant Building BANC PIC 19xx.181:22--PIC

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Number: 88
 

Church on Van Ness Ave. BANC PIC 19xx.181:23--PIC

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Number: 95
 

Hall of Justice BANC PIC 19xx.181:24--PIC

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Number: 100
 

Chinatown from California and Mason Streets BANC PIC 19xx.181:25--PIC

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Number: 104
 

Broken sidewalk on Howard St. BANC PIC 19xx.181:26--PIC

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Number: 109
 

Cracks on Howard St. BANC PIC 19xx.181:27--PIC

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Number: 110
 

Jefferson Park, "The Whole Dam Family" BANC PIC 19xx.181:28--PIC

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Number: 113
 

Lake County Springs Wagon (copy 2) BANC PIC 19xx.181:29--PIC

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Number: 115
 

Ruined building BANC PIC 19xx.181:30--PIC

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Number: 127
 

View from Ferry Building BANC PIC 19xx.181:31--PIC

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Number: 130
 

Men and women posed in front of ruins BANC PIC 19xx.181:32--PIC

 

Miles Bros. lab after fire BANC PIC 19xx.181:33--PIC

 

Horse and buggy with men and woman in front of ruins BANC PIC 19xx.181:34--PIC

 

Ocean Shore Railway BANC PIC 19xx.181:35--PIC

 

Balloon disaster of the 80's BANC PIC 19xx.181:36--PIC

 

Jim Jeffries refereeing fight BANC PIC 19xx.181:37--PIC

 

Jim Jeffries at Colma BANC PIC 19xx.181:38--PIC

 

The Miles brothers: pictured on platform above crowd (Herbert, left) BANC PIC 19xx.181:39--PIC

 

The Miles brothers: pictured in front of their motion picture exchange (Herbert, left) BANC PIC 19xx.181:40--PIC

 

Man with clenched fist posed in front of house BANC PIC 19xx.181:41--PIC

 

Four men in automobile BANC PIC 19xx.181:42--PIC

 

New York: photographic copy of a 1911 lithograph by Richard Rummell BANC PIC 19xx.181:43--PIC