San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake of 1868

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

San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake of 1868

BANC PIC 1984.021 -- CDV

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1997
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:
    November 1996
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake of
Date: 1868
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1984.021 -- CDV
Extent: 11 cartes de visite, 10 x 7 cm.; 2 stereographs, 9 x 18 cm. 14 digital objects
Photographer: William Shew, Hector W. Vaughan, Eadweard Muybridge next hit , Isaiah W. Taber
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Restricted originals. Use viewing prints only: shelved as BANC PIC 1984.021 --PIC. Use of originals only by permission of the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.

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 Bay Area Earthquake of 1868 , BANC PIC 1984.021 --CDV, 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 Bay Area Earthquake of 1868 collection was received as a gift of the Friends of the Bancroft Library in 1983.

Scope and Content

The San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake of 1868 collection contains eleven cartes de visite and two stereographs taken in 1868 by various photographers. The collection documents the damage exacted by the Hayward earthquake of October 21, 1868, estimated to have had a Richter scale magnitude of seven. Hayward structures pictured in the collection include the Edminton Grain Warehouse, the Morse and Heslep Flour Mill, and the San Leandro Courthouse. Also pictured is the Estudillo residence of San Leandro, and three San Francisco street scenes.
Several prints in the collection are the work of the early San Francisco daguerreotyper William Shew. Other identified photographers include Hector W. Vaughan, previous hit Eadweard Muybridge next hit , and Isaiah W. Taber.


:1--CDV Effect of Earthquake in San Francisco, 21 Oct. 1868.

Creator/Collector: previous hit Eadweard J. Muybridge next hit

:1A--CDV [Verso.]

Creator/Collector: previous hit Eadweard J. Muybridge

:2--CDV Effects of the Earthquake, Oct. 21, 1868, Cal. St., North side. [No. 983.]

Creator/Collector: [Isaiah W. Taber?]

:3--CDV Edminton Grain Warehouse, Hayward. 1868.

Creator/Collector: Wiliiam Shew

Morse & Heslep Flour Mill, Hayward, 1868.



Creator/Collector: William Shew


Creator/Collector: William Shew

:6--CDV Hayward's. Oct. 21 -- 1868. San Leandro Court House.

Creator/Collector: William Shew

:7--CDV Court House at San Leandro. Earthquake. Oct. 21, 1868. [Duplicate of 13.]

Creator/Collector: William Shew

:8--CDV Estudillo Residence. San Leandro. 1868.

Creator/Collector: William Shew

:9--STER Effects of the Earthquake, Oct. 21, 1868, Railroad House, Clay St.

Creator/Collector: Isaiah W. Taber

Pacific Coast Views


:10--CDV [Ruins of unidentified building. Following earthquake of 1868. San Francisco?]

Creator/Collector: Hector W. Vaughan.

:11--CDV Clay St. below Battery. [San Francisco. Following earthquake of October 21, 1868.]

Creator/Collector: Hector W. Vaughan

:12--CDV 1868 Earthquake. [San Francisco?]

Creator/Collector: Hector W. Vaughan.

:13--STER Court House, San Leandro. County seat of Alameda Co. After the Earthquake. Oct 21, 68 [i.e. 1868]. [Duplicate of 7.]

Creator/Collector: William Shew