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San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs by W.S. Smith, 1906
BANC PIC 1981.116 -- STER  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs by W.S. Smith,
    Date (inclusive): 1906
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1981.116 -- STER
    Extent: 24 color stereographs, 9 x 18 cm. 24 digital objects
    Publisher: W.S. Smith
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open 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 Earthquake and Fire Stereographs by W.S. Smith, BANC PIC 1981.116 --STER, 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 Earthquake and Fire Stereographs collection was purchased in 1981.

    Scope and Content

    The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs by W.S. Smith collection contains 24 color stereographs published in San Francisco in 1906 by W.S. Smith during and following the earthquake and fire which destroyed much of the city. Notable scenes of devastation include buildings such as the Palace Hotel, the United States Mint, City Hall, the Grand Hotel, Temple Emanu-El, St. Patrick's Church, the Call Building, St. Mary's Hospital, The Hall of Justice, and St. Ignatius Church, as well as areas such as Russian Hill, Market Street, and Portsmouth Square. Also pictured are refugee camps at Fort Mason, Jefferson Square and Union Square.
    The stereographs appear to be photomechanical reproductions, perhaps the result of a half-tone color process.