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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Loma Prieta earthquake collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.189
    Physical Description: 4.34 Linear Feet 2 cartons; 2 flats
    Date (inclusive): 1989-1990
    Abstract: The Loma Prieta earthquake collection documents how Santa Cruz County was affected by the Loma Prieta earthquake, which took place on October 17, 1989. The collection contains personal accounts of the earthquake and material from goverment agencies, local businesses, and UC Santa Cruz.
    Physical Location: Collection stored off-site at NRLF: Advanced notice is required for access.
    Language of Material: English .

    Access Restrictions

    Collection open for research. Audiovisual media is unavailable until reformatted. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to audiovisual media.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.

    Preferred Citation

    Loma Prieta earthquake collection. MS 189. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquisition information for this collection is unknown.

    Historical Note

    The Loma Prieta earthquake was a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that took place on October 17, 1989. The earthquake was centered in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park on a section of the San Andreas Fault. In Santa Cruz, the Pacific Garden Mall was severely damaged and several buildings listed on the Santa Cruz Historic Building Survery were damaged enough to warrant demolition.

    Scope and Contents

    The Loma Prieta earthquake collection documents how Santa Cruz County was affected by the Loma Prieta earthquake. The collection contains personal accounts of the earthquake, such as journals, poems, and photographs, from community memebers; materials from both the local and national government, such as bulletins and information about aid for repairing historic buildings; material that documents how local businesses were affected, such as updates on businesses' operations and flyers and t-shirts from fundraising events; and material on the effects of the earthquake on UC Santa Cruz, including items issued by the campus Public Relations Office.


    The collection is arranged in four series:
    • Series 1. Community response and accounts
    • Series 2. Government response
    • Series 3. Local business response
    • Series 4. UC Santa Cruz response
    Materials in each series are arranged alphabetically.

    Processing Information

    The Loma Prieta earthquake collection was processed by Zoe MacLeod in 2023.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Loma Prieta Earthquake, Calif., 1989
    Earthquakes -- California -- Santa Cruz County