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San Francisco Chinese Community and Earthquake Damage, ca. 1906
BANC PIC 1993.033--ALB  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: San Francisco Chinese Community and Earthquake Damage
    Date: ca. 1906
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1993.033--ALB
    Extent: 223 photographic prints, various sizes; compiled in album, 19 x 26 cm. 220 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is available for use.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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 is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco Chinese community and earthquake damage, ca. 1906, BANC PIC 1993.033--ALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The San Francisco Chinese Community and Earthquake Damage album was purchased in 1993.

    Scope and Content

    The San Francisco Chinese Community and Earthquake Damage album contains 223 photographic prints taken circa 1906. A large percentage of the collection features the students of the Chinese Methodist Episcopal Mission, a girls' home in San Francisco's Chinatown. Included are many individual and group portraits, as well as interior and exterior views of the Mission and Church. Also featured throughout the album are several street and alley scenes taken in and around Chinatown; views of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, and a Chinese cemetery; and scenes of the destruction caused by the earthquake and fire of 1906. Identified landmarks in addition to the Mission include Portsmouth Plaza, the Cumberland Presbyterian Chinese Mission, the Globe Hotel, the Grand Chinese Theatre, the Quong Lee Company, the Sing Kee Company, the Chinese Baptist Church, the W.F. Song photography studio, the Boston Store, the Hall of Justice, and the Sing Fat & Co. Chinese and Japanese Bazaar.
    Shadows on the sidewalk in some of the prints indicate that the unidentified photographer of at least a portion of the collection was a woman. She was likely a teacher or student at the Mission, as most of the students' full names, as well as other personal information, are included in the captions. Other photographers identified are Hugo B. Goldsmith and the Goldsmith Brothers.
    The prints are glued to the album pages. The album is a Ward Album for Unmounted Photographs, book no. 721.