San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs by W.S. Smith, 1906

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The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs by W.S. Smith, 1906

Collection number: BANC PIC 1981.116 -- STER

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California 1996
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    September 1996
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

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.

Container List


:1 No. 300. Palace Hotel.


:2 No. 301. United States Mint.


:3 No. 302. Ruins of Grand Hotel.


:4 No. 303. Donohue Fountain. Market Street.


:5 No. 304. Old Jewish Synagogue.


:6 No. 305. St. Patrick's Church.


:7 No. 306. Government Appraiser's Building.


:8 No. 308. Camp at Fort Mason.


:9 No. 309. Camp in Jefferson Square.


:10 No. 310. Modern Structures After Fire.


:11 No. 311. Dewey Monument.


:12 No. 312. Under Martial Law.


:13 No. 313. City Hall.


:14 No. 314. Call Building.


:15 No. 315. St. Mary's Hospital.


:16 No. 316. Russian Hill.


:17 No. 317. Northeast from Fifth St.


:18 No. 318. Portsmouth Square.


:19 No. 319. First Relief.


:20 No. 320. Hall of Justice.


:21 No. 321. Temporary Hospital at Fort Mason.


:22 No. 322. Looking down Mission St.


:23 No. 323. Y.M.C.A. Building.


:24 No. 324. St. Ignatius Church.