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Adah Lowe Higgins papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Adah Lowe Higgins papers
    Dates: 1906
    Collection Number: SFH 544
    Creator/Collector: Higgins, Adah P. Lowe, 1866-1912
    Extent: 1 folder
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    Adah Lowe Higgins papers. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    Gift, 2018-60

    Biography/Administrative History

    Adah P. Lowe was born in Indiana and married John C. Higgins in Marion County in 1888. John worked as an iron moulder. The couple moved to San Francisco, where he worked for the Standard Brass Casting Co. and Great Western Smelting Co. After the 1906 earthquake and fire, the couple moved to Alhambra, Los Angeles County.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Folder includes handwritten letter describing the disaster (9 leaves), written by San Francisco resident Adah L. Higgins to uncle Frank Johnson a few days after the April 18 earthquake and subsequent fires. Fleeing the fires, Adah and husband John C. Higgins, manager at Great Western Smelting Co., are given refuge with the family of August Jacquemet, florist, at 1401 Woolsey St. in the southeast of the city. Folder also includes a transcript of the account (7 leaves), a two-page biographical sketch written by descendant Robert Hessong, and photocopies of portraits of Higgins and of San Francisco postcards formerly in Adah's possession (9 leaves.)

    Indexing Terms

    Florists—California—San Francisco.
    Iron moulders—California—San Francisco.
    San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906--Personal narratives.
    Higgins, Adah P. Lowe, 1866-1912 – Archives.
    Higgins family.
    Jacquemet family.
    Great Western Smelting Company (San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)