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San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Postcards Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Postcards Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2015.04.14
    Physical Description: 1 Box 0.67 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1910
    Abstract: This collection includes postcards that feature black and white images of ruins from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The devastating earthquake occurred on April 18, 1906, and fires proceeded for the next several days. The impact of the earthquake affected surrounding cities as well, with San Francisco's destruction being the most severe. Destroying the city and taking many lives, this event remains one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States.

    Scope and Contents

    The San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Postcards Collection consists of 31 (unused) postcards that feature black and white photographs of the ruins from the San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906. Included are depictions of the aftermath of the disaster in various locations of San Francisco: City Hall, Mission Street, Market Street, and other prominent buildings. There are also two postcards that depict the ruins of the New Hotel in Santa Rosa, California as well as two postcards portraying the impact on Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Each postcard includes a caption with the date April 18, 1906.


    This collection is arranged by alphabetical order by location: San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Stanford University.

    Preferred Citation

    San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Postcards Collection, MSS-2015-04-14, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives 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 from or derived from these collections is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
    History -- California
    Earthquakes -- California
    Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco -- 1900-1910.
    Ruins -- California -- San Francisco -- 1900-1910.
    Stanford University -- Photographs
    Buildings -- Earthquake effects -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs
    Santa Rosa (Calif.)