Guide to the San Fernando Earthquake Damage Photograph Collection, 1971

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: San Fernando Earthquake Damage Photograph Collection
Dates: 1971
Identification: SC/BDE
Physical Description: 0.42 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: This collection includes photographs of damage caused by the 1971 Sylmar earthquake.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Photographic material

Geographic Name:

Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- Olive View Medical Center
Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- Probation Dept. San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall

Topical Term:

Buildings -- Earthquake effects
Earthquakes -- California -- Los Angeles
San Fernando Earthquake (Calif.) -- 1971

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Electronic Format:

Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.   For more information please see  

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

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Scope and Contents

The San Fernando Earthquake Damage Photograph Collection includes photographs of damage caused by the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. Photographs primarily document the Sylmar area and northern section of the San Fernando Valley, particularly of the Olive View Hospital and San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall. Photographs were taken, unofficially, by a building inspector of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, Conservation Bureau, in his earthquake investigations.