Title:Nellie May Brown materials relating to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and her family, 1860-1939
Los Angeles examiner
Creator/Contributor:Brown, Nellie May., creator
Creator/Contributor:Brown, Estella L.
Creator/Contributor:Brown, William Penn.
Contains earthquake materials including letters from Nellie May Brown to her mother, Estella L. Brown, detailing her anxiety
about being in the Bay Area; her concern for her brother, Ralph Brown; and her experiences as a nurse in the Relief Corps.
Also included are pictures of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire, and an article about the efforts of the Los Angeles
Examiner Relief Corps. Nellie May also collected 18 photographs, possibly taken by Los Angeles Examiner photographer Arthur
Holliday, of the Relief Corps nurses, the refugees' attempts to leave San Francisco, the damage caused by the earthquake and
fire, and the Hearst tent cities in Oakland; copy prints of these remain in the collection. Finally, there are two postcards
to Estella from Ralph, who worked for the San Francisco Bulletin, written in the week following the earthquake.
The family material consists of five portraits of Estella, William, Ralph, and Nellie May taken in Toronto, Canada; Nellie
May's nursing memorabilia and secondary school diploma; a letter from her father, William Penn Brown, to Estella; and personal
ephemera of William and Estella from their life together in Kincardine, Canada. Their personal ephemera includes prayer cards;
Estella's 1920 obituary; and documents detailing William's public life in Canada. Finally, there is an outline of instruction
for U.S. citizenship classes in Los Angeles, Calif.
Subject:Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs
Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco
Fires -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs
Fires -- California -- San Francisco
Earthquakes -- California -- Oakland -- Photographs
Nurses -- California -- Photographs
Nurses -- California
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906 -- Personal narratives
Disaster relief -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Disaster relief -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Photographs
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906 -- Photographs
Original earthquake photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1999.018--PIC),
but copy prints remain in the manuscript collection.
Nellie May Brown, a nurse from Los Angeles, Calif., who trained in Omaha, Neb., took part in the Los Angeles Examiner Relief
Corps. The Relief Corps arrived in Oakland on April 19, 1906, to assist in the aftermath of the earthquake and fire.
2 portfolios and 2 oversize folders (.1 linear ft.)
BANC MSS 99/173 cz no.1
BANC MSS 99/173 cz no.2
BANC MSS 99/173 cz oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 99/173 cz oversize folder 2
BANC MSS 99/173 cz