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Port Chicago Debris Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Port Chicago Debris Collection
    Dates: 1944
    Collection Number: 1984.4
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: Contra Costa County Historical Society
    Martinez, California 94553
    Abstract: The collection contains one piece of twisted metal debris which is labelled as debris from the Port Chicago explosion in 1944.
    Language of Material: English


    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Port Chicago Debris Collection. Contra Costa County Historical Society

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection also includes a photograph of ruined buildings from the explosion, and a copy of an article on the explosion from the Contra Costa Gazette of July 17, 1944. The piece of metal was found in the hills 1.5 miles southeast of Port Chicago. No information is provided on the source of the metal, so it is unclear how the metal was identified as being from the explosion. The photograph of damaged buildings is labelled as photo #195 and slide #53429. All three items together were part of a very large donation by CCCHS co-founder Louis Stein in 1984.

    Indexing Terms

    Port Chicago
    clippings, photographs

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