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Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire from the Charles Derleth Papers, 1868-1908, bulk 1906-1908
BANC PIC 1958.021--fALB  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire from the Charles Derleth Papers.
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1958.021--fALB
    Extent: 4 albums (ca. 825 photographic prints); albums are 32 x 26 cm. 557 digital objects
    Photographer: Charles Derleth, T. E. Hecht, A. Blumberg, R. J. Waters & Co., C. P. Magagnos, the Pillsbury Picture Co., A. L. Murat, and Stewart Rogers.
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    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] , Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire from the Charles Derleth Papers, BANC PIC 1958.021--fALB, 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.

    Related Material

    Title: Charles Derleth Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 717,
    and
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 91/116 c

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from the Charles Derleth papers (BANC MSS C-B 717). The papers were a gift of Paul Keim in 1957.

    Biography

    Charles Derleth, Jr. (1874-1956) received his B.S. degree at the City College of New York in 1894 and his degree in Civil Engineering at Columbia University in 1896. After serving as an instructor at Columbia and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado, he became Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1903. In 1907 he became Dean of the College of Civil Engineering. He held this position until 1942.
    Derleth was the chief engineer for the Carquinez Bridge, and consulting engineer for both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, as well as for the Posey Tube in Alameda, the Campanile on the Berkeley campus, and the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. Derleth was also the Director of the Testing Laboratory in the Civil Engineering Department at UC Berkeley, and a member of the Technical Society of the Pacific Coast.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of four albums of views collected by Charles Derleth of fires and ruins immediately following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The albums have been divided by Derleth into 28 subject groupings that include seismographic records, geological views (before and after the earthquake), and views of various types of structures and the effects of the earthquake upon them. The focus of the collection is upon structural damage to buildings and the infrastructure of the city, such as water supply pipelines. Also included are photographs of sites in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, including Stanford University, Santa Rosa, Point Reyes and Berkeley. Volume one also includes a small section of copy photographs from the earthquake of 1868.
    Many of the photographs have handwritten captions, presumably by Derleth. Some of the photographs were taken by Derleth. Other photographers' work featured in the albums include T. E. Hecht, A. Blumberg, R. J. Waters & Co., C. P. Magagnos, the Pillsbury Picture Co., A. L. Murat, and Stewart and Rogers.