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Finding Aid to the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of San Francisco Refugee Shacks Collection 1983-2005 (bulk 1983-1999)
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Series 1 Jane Cryan's Research Files

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This series comprises Jane Cryan's research on San Francisco earthquake refugee shacks and their history, including a bibliography of contemporary newspaper citations on refugee shacks, a bibliography of photographs of refugee shacks from contemporary newspapers, and survivor lists and shack lists. Included are Cryan's original surveys. The bibliography of newspaper articles regarding refugees has been arranged by Cryan into the following categories: Refugees, Relief, Refugee Shacks, Camps (General), Camps, (Specific), Flour Riots, Mary Kelly, Chinese Refugees.

Materials Transferred

See Appendix A for photographs removed from this series.


Arranged by subject.
Box 1, Folder 1

Shack Surveys, research and historical data

Box 1, Folder 2

Bibliography of newspaper citations from San Francisco Chronicle

Box 1, Folder 3

Bibliography of photographs and drawings from San Francisco Chronicle


Series 2 Shack Files and Correspondence

Physical Description: 30.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Included here are files of correspondence to and from Jane Cryan and other SPASFRS members with property owners of shack sites, shack inhabitants, City Supervisors and other officials, members of the Landmarks Preservation Board, architects and others. Also included are architectural/historical surveys written by SPASFRS members of the shack site, including documentation through written notes and photographs (removed to Photo Archives), permit applications (in photoduplicate), letters of certification and related material. Notes and documentation (including some notes to clippings) that are germane to the individual shacks have been left in their respective folders, both dated and undated. General correspondence documents Cryan's contacts in research, outreach, activism and authorship.
In Jane Cryan's original foldering, photographs were kept in the file folder representing each shack. Due to archival necessity, these were removed to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection (see Appendix B). Highlights include slides and photos documenting the Goldie Shack's move and other shacks extant and destroyed. Highlights include correspondence between Labor Leader Bill Bailey and Jane Cryan, correspondence surrounding the Goldie Shacks preservation and moving by aid of the U.S. Army, and the many missives fired on behalf of the La Rosa shacks. Also included are two files about shacks funded outside of San Francisco, at the Salinas Duck Club and its environs, and those found in Santa Cruz.


Shack files arranged by Jane Cryan, in alphabetic order by address or by the name by which the recognized shack was commonly known, then chronologically by item. Other files are chronologically ordered.
This series is divided into four subseries: Subseries A: Authenticated 1906 refugee shacks; Subseries B: Structures determined not to be authentic 1906 refugee shacks, including the Bill Bailey shack; Subseries C: General correspondence of the SPASFRS and Jane Cryan; and Subseries D: Awards.

Subseries A Authenticated 1906 refugee shacks

Materials Transferred

See Appendix A for photographs removed from this series. See Appendix C for artifacts removed from this series.
Box 1, Folder 4

52 Allen St.

Box 1, Folder 5

164 Bocana St.

Box 1, Folder 6

43 Carver St.

Box 1, Folder 7

300 Cumberland St.

Box 1, Folder 8

"Goldie" Shack: pre-Army

Box 1, Folder 9

"Goldie" Shack: post-Army

Box 1, Folder 10

"Goldie" Shack: Army Museum--Presidio

Box 1, Folder 11

"James" Shack

Box 1, Folder 12

Kirkham Avenue

Box 1, Folder 13

54 Montana St.

Box 1, Folder 14

20 Newman St.

Box 1, Folder 15

Parker Ave.

Box 1, Folder 16

222 Prague St.

Box 1, Folder 17

Salinas Duck Club

Box 1, Folder 18

Santa Cruz Shacks

Box 1, Folder 19

1254 and 1258 25th Ave.

Box 1, Folder 20

1227-1227A 24th Ave. (Landmark No.171) (1 of 2)

Box 1, Folder 21

1227-1227A 24th Ave. (Landmark No.171) (2 of 2)

Box 1, Folder 22

1368 24th Ave ("La Casita")

Box 1, Folder 23

349 27th Ave. ("La Rosa")


Subseries B Structures determined not to be authentic 1906 Refugee Shacks, Iincluding the Bill Bailey Shack

Materials Transferred

See Appendix A for photographs removed from this series.
Box 1, Folder 24

Bill Bailey Imposter Shack

Box 1, Folder 25

Other Structures


Subseries C General Correspondence of the SPASFRS and Jane Cryan

Box 1, Folder 26

Correspondence, 1983-1985

Box 1, Folder 27

Correspondence, 1986-1987

Box 1, Folder 28

Correspondence, 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 29

Correspondence, 1990-1993

Box 1, Folder 30

Correspondence, 1994-2005


Subseries D Awards

Materials Transferred

See Appendix C for artifacts removed from this series.
Box 1, Folder 31

Certificates and awards


Series 3 Press and Speeches

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This series is organized into folders representing lectures, press releases, and news clippings. Highlights include press releases and related hoopla regarding the saving and moving of the "Goldie Shacks," the bitter battle to save the "La Rosa" shacks, and 125 slides (removed to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection) from Jane Cryan's informative lectures on the shacks.

Materials Transferred

See Appendix A for photographs removed from this series.


Arranged by format, chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 32

Speeches and lectures

Box 1, Folder 36

Videotape of Jane Cryan's earthquake shack slideshow program, Feb. 1, 1992

Box 1, Folder 33

Press releases

Box 1, Folder 34

Newspaper citations generated by SPASFRS (clippings)

Box 1, Folder 35

Newspaper citations generated by SPASFRS (bound version)


Series 4 Writings by Jane Cryan

Physical Description: 6.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Here are outlines, the draft and the finished manuscript of "Hope Chest: A History of One of the Most Magnificent Charities of All Time" by Jane Cryan; also included is her manuscript of "From Tents to Shacks."


Arranged by title, chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 1

"Hope Chest": outline, notes

Box 2, Folder 2

"Hope Chest": permissions to use photos, etc.

Box 2, Folder 3

"Hope Chest": Mary Kelly research

Box 2, Folder 4

"Hope Chest" 1993

General note

Earlier un-illustrated version, unpublished.
Box 2, Folder 5

"Hope Chest" 1998

General note

Finished version, unpublished.
Box 2, Folder 6

"From Tents to Shacks" 1999

General note

Manuscript version, unpublished.

Series 5 Shack-Related Projects

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Contents

The two projects: 1. Serge Amunategui's Master's Thesis "Shelter, Dwellings, and Metamorphosis: Adaptations of the 1906 Earthquake Refugee Shelter in a Single Family Dwelling" along with relating correspondence and pieces of his study model for the "Cryan Residence" (which was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake) and 2. The Randall Museum Shack Replica and its related correspondence and press.

Materials Transferred

See Appendix C for artifacts removed from this series.
Box 2, Folder 7

"Shelter, Dwellings and Metamorphosis": Amunategui's Master's Thesis

Box 2, Folder 8

Serge Amunategui: related correspondence

Box 2, Folder 9

Randall Museum Shack Replica Project


Appendix A Photographs separated from SPASFRS files

Box 3, Folder 1

Historical Data

Box 3, Folder 2

Shack Surveys

Box 3, Folder 3

52 Allen St.

Box 3, Folder 4

164 Bocana St.

Box 3, Folder 5

"Goldie" pre-Army

Box 3, Folder 6

"Goldie" post-Army

Box 3, Folder 7

"Goldie" Museum--Presidio

Box 3, Folder 8

"James" Shack

Box 3, Folder 9

Kirkham Ave.

Box 3, Folder 10

254 Montana St.

Box 3, Folder 11

20 Newman St.

Box 3, Folder 12

165 Parker Ave.

Box 3, Folder 13

222 Prague St.

Box 3, Folder 14

Salinas Duck Club

Box 3, Folder 15

Santa Cruz Shacks

Box 3, Folder 16

1254 & 1258 25th Ave.

Box 3, Folder 17

1227-1227A 24th Ave.

Box 3, Folder 18

1368 24th Ave.

Box 3, Folder 19

349 27th Ave.

Box 3, Folder 20

Bill Bailey Imposter Shack

Box 3, Folder 21

Slides for lectures, presentations

Box 3, Folder 22

Amunategui photographs and slides

Box 3, Folder 23

Randall Museum Project


Appendix B Books and periodicals separated from the collection and cataloged


The Argonaut: Journal of the San Francisco Historical Society, Fall 1998

General note

Vol. 9, no. 2. Ed. by Charles Fracchia. Illus. 107 pp.

California Fault: Searching for the Spirit of a State Along the San Andreas

General note

Clarke, Thurston. 417 pp.

In the Victorian Style, 1991

General note

Delehanty, Randolph. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Illus. From photographs by Richard Sexton. 177 pp. (Inscribed to Cryan from the author and photographer).

Russian Hill: The Summit, 1853-1906. Volume I of a Neighborhood History, 1997

General note

Kostura, William. San Francisco: Aerie Publications. Illus. 131 pp. Incl. index. (Inscribed to Cryan from the author).

…If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake, [1987]

General note

Levine, Ellen. Illus. By Richard Williams. New York: Scholastic Inc. 64 pp. (Inscribed to Cryan by the author).

Sure of You, 1989

General note

Maupin, Armistead. New York: Harper & Row. 262 pp. (Inscribed to Jane Cryan from the author).

1906 Remembered: Firsthand Accounts of the San Francisco Disaster, 1981

General note

Ed. by Patricia Turner. San Francisco: Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Illus. By Charlie Aquilina. 80 pp. incl. index.

The Story of Julia Page, 1915

General note

Norris, Kathleen. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. 421 pp.

The Refugees' Cook Book, 1979

General note

Compiled by one of them. San Francisco: S.F. Archives. [20 pp.] + index.

San Francisco Relief Survey: The Organization and Methods of Relief Used After the Earthquake and Fire of April 18, 1906, 1913

General note

Compiled from studies by Charles J. O'Connor et al. New York: Survey Associations. 449 pp. + photos, index.

The Cottage Book, 1989

General note

Sexton, Richard. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Intro. By Sally B. Woodbridge. Illus. 119 pp. (Inscribed to Cryan by the author).

Tiny Tiny Houses, 1987

General note

Walker, Lester. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press. 220 pp. Illus.

Appendix C Artifacts separated from the collection

Box 4

One (1) doorknob set from "The Goldie Shacks" removed from 485 34th Ave., SF, CA. by the U.S. Army and now sited in the U.S. Army Presidio of San Francisco

Box 4

Three (3) redwood boards painted McLaren's Parkbench Green which were removed from "La Casita" Refugee Shack, 1368 -- 24th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122, prior to demolition on February 13, 1991

Box 4

Award fabricated of glass presented to Jane Cryan by the San Francisco History Association for her work to save San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake Refugee Shacks, 1997

Box 4

Seven (7) wood Refugee Shacks. Scaled to "Type A" Shack. Hewn by Sergio Amunategui for his thesis, "Shelter, Dwellings and Metamorphosis: Adaptations of the 1906 Earthquake Refugee Shelther in a Single Family Dwelling"

Box 4

One (1) paper Refugee Shack. Part of Amunategui Study Model for Cryan Residence. Model destroyed in 1989 Earthquake (this is all that remains)

Tube 1

Three (3) architectural drawings by Sergio Amunategui "The Cryan Residence" (drawings are part of Amunategui's thesis)