New San Francisco: Three Years after the Great Conflagration: Photographs, 1909

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

New San Francisco: Three Years after the Great Conflagration: Photographs, 1909

BANC PIC 1933.007 -- ALB

The Bancroft Library

University of California

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 1995
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: New San Francisco: Three Years after the Great Conflagration: Photographs,
Date: 1909
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1933.007 -- ALB
Extent: 24 mounted photographs; compiled in an album, 23 x 33 cm. 24 digital objects
Photographer: Edward N. Sewell
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: 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] New San Francisco: Three Years after the Great Conflagration: Photographs, 1909, BANC PIC 1933.007 --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 New San Francisco album was received as a gift of the James D. Phelan estate in 1932.

Scope and Content

The New San Francisco album contains 24 mounted prints taken by Edward N. Sewell in 1909 representing the state of recovery of San Francisco three years after the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906 which destroyed much of the city. The album primarily features scenes of the city's financial district, mostly along Market Street and its cross streets. Buildings pictured include the Phelan Building, the Crocker Building, First National Bank, the Palace Hotel, the Chronicle Building, the Monadnock Building, Mutual Bank, the Aronson Building, the Call Building, the Roos Brothers Building, Humboldt Bank, the Flood Building, the Emporium, the Westbank Building, the Fyfe Building, the White House, the City of Paris, the Bank of California, and the Hotel St. Francis. The album also includes a view from the top of the Ferry Building westward, showing the overall development of the portion of the city most damaged by the 1906 disaster.


:1 View from Ferry Tower looking west. Market Street, Sacramento Street. Every building seen in this view has been built since the conflagration.


:2 California Street W [West] from Market St. Fyfe Building


:3 Market and Post Streets looking West. Phelan Bldg. [building] Mutual Savings Bank, Chronicle Bldg., Crocker Bldg., First Nat [National] Bank


:4 Market, Montgomery and Post Streets. Crocker Building, First National Bank


:5 Montgomery, Market, Post and New Montgomery Streets. South. Palace Hotel, Crocker Building, First National Bank


:6 Market St. East from Kearny St. Chronicle Bldg. [building], Palace Hotel, Monadnock Bldg., Lotta's Fountain


:7 Market, Geary and Kearny Sts., looking West. Mutual Bank, S. [San] F. [Francisco] Chronicle, Lotta's Fountain


:8 Third St. South from Market St. Aronson Bldg. [building] Call Bldg.


:9 Market and O'Farrell Streets. Phelan Building


:10 Market St. East from Stockton Street. Roos Bros. [brothers] Call Bldg. [building], Hunboldt Bank


:11 Market St. West from Phelan Building. Pacific Bldg. [building], Westbank Bldg., Commerical Bldg., The Emporium, Jas [James] Flood Bldg.


:12 Market St. East from Powell St. Jas [James] Flood Bldg. [building], Westbrook Bldg., Roos Bros. [brothers], Phelan Bldg.


:13 Powell Street. North from Market St. Hotel St. Francis, Jas [James] Flood Bldg. [building]


:14 The White House. S E cor Sutter St. and Grant Ave.


:15 North side of Sutter St. E [East] from Grant Ave., Davis Schonwasser Co., Sloaner Co.


:16 Kearny St. South from Post St. Call Bldg. [building], Koenig Shoe Co.


:17 Geary St. East from Grant Avenue. Carlliano [?], Chronicle, Palace Hotel


:18 Geary St. East from Stockton Street. Wolfe and Hawley, City of Paris


:19 North West corner of Pine and Sansome Streets. West Coast Life, Bank of Cala [California], Merchants Exchange, Royal Insurance Co., Security Bldg. [building], Site for U. S. Sub. [?] Treasury, Alaska Council Bldg.


:20 California St. W. from Sansome St. Kahl Bldg. [building], S. [San] F. [Francisco] Nat.[ional] Bank, Halsey [?] and Co., Bank of Cala [California]


:21 Looking South West across Union Square. Elkan Gunst Bldg. [building], Naval Monument, Hotel St. Francis


:22 South East corner Post Street and Grant Avenue. O'Connor-Moffitt, Cala Optical Co., The Juvenile, Lisbes [?] and Co., Gardner and Mattison, Caillian's


:23 North side of Post St. at Grant Ave. Shrewer Co., Hastings Clothing Co.[mpany]


:24 Market Street at night. Phelan Building. O'Fa rrell St.