Relief Camps for Refugees from the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, 1906

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

Relief Camps for Refugees from the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

BANC PIC 1933.006 -- 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:
    October 1996
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Relief Camps for Refugees from the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire,
Date: 1906
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1933.006 -- ALB
Extent: 25 photographic prints, 20 x 25 cm. or smaller; compiled in album, 27 x 32 cm. 25 digital objects
Photographer: Charles Weidner
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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Relief Camps for Refugees from the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, BANC PIC 1933.006 --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 Relief Camps for Refugees from the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire album was received as a gift from the estate of James D. Phelan in 1932.

Scope and Content

The Relief Camps for Refugees from the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire album contains 25 photographic prints taken in 1906 by San Francisco photographer Charles Weidner. The album documents the relief camps constructed for refugees from San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and fire. The album primarily features views of the grounds of the refugee camps at such locations as the Golden Gate Park Speedway, Lobos Square, Twentieth and Pennsylvania Streets, Franklin Square, Jefferson Square, Hamilton Square, Washington Square, Precita Park, Columbia Square, the Richmond District, South Park, Mission Park, Portsmouth Square, and Camp Ingleside. The album also pictures many refugees, the interiors of many camp buildings, camp cottages in horse-drawn transport, the Land and Building Department office at Union Square, and the Native Sons Hall, which served as the Relief Headquarters building.
All prints in the album are captioned and labeled "Weidner Photo, S.F." A few pages in the album are unused.


:1 Relief Headquarters Bldg. Gough and Geary.


:2 Land and Building Dept. Union Sq. [Union Square].


:3 Camp 6, Speedway, G.G. Park [Golden Gate Park].


:4 Camp 9. Lobos Square.


:5 Camp 9. Lobos Sq. [Lobos Square]. Sterilized water.


:6 Camp 10, 20th and Pennsylvania Ave.


:7 Camp 13, Franklin Square.


:8 Camp 16, Jefferson Square.


:9 Camp 20, Hamilton Square.


:10 Camp 21, Washington Square.


:11 Camp 23, Precita Park.


:12 Camp 24, Columbia Square.


:13 Camp 25, Richmond Dist. [Richmond District].


:14 Camp 28, South Park.


:15 Camp 29, Mission Park.


:16 Camp 30, Portsmouth Sq. [Portsmouth Square].


:17 Moving cottage through street.


:18 Camp Ingleside.


:19 Relief cottage after removal.


:20 Camp Ingleside -- Women's section.


:21 Camp Ingleside -- Bed-Room.


:22 Camp Ingleside -- Dining Room.


:23 Camp Ingleside -- Reading Room.


:24 Camp Ingleside -- Hospital.


:25 Home of the Aged.