San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs, 1906

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

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs, 1906

Collection number: BANC PIC 1985.072 -- STER

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

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 1996
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs,
Date (inclusive): 1906
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1985.072 -- STER
Extent: 37 stereographs, 12 x 18 cm or smaller. 37 digital objects
Photographers: Tom M. Phillips (publisher), Andrew Price, Alfred A. Hart.
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open 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] San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs, BANC PIC 1985.072 --STER, 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


Scope and Content

The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs collection contains 37 stereographic prints, mostly published by Tom M. Phillips in 1906. The collection documents the devastation caused by the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. Pictured are scenes along Market, Mission, California, and Sutter Streets, and Golden Gate and Van Ness Avenues. Among the notable buildings pictured are City Hall, the St. Francis Hotel, the Emporium Building, the Wells-Fargo Building, Claus Spreckel's residence, St. Dominic's Church, and the Hibernia Bank. Also pictured are refugee camps, as well as the Ferry Building prior to the disaster.
The collection also includes a stereograph of Donner Lake taken circa 1865 by Alfred A. Hart, and two stereographs of tourists at Devil's Canyon, Geyser Springs, Sonoma County, taken by Andrew Price circa 1880.
The stereographs are numbered according to the photographer's number present on each stereograph. Therefore there are many gaps in the numbering sequence.

Container List


:1 No. 1. The Ferry Building.


:2 No. 2. The City Hall.


:4 No. 4. Effects of Earthquake, City Hall.


:6 No. 6. Commemoration Monument.


:7 No. 7. Mission Street.


:8 No. 8. Market Street.


:11 No. 11. American Hotel.


:13 No. 13. Hibernian Bank.


:14 No. 14. Central Theatre.


:15 No. 15. Interior of Bank.


:23 No. 23. Gunt Building.


:24 No. 24. Sutter Street.


:25 No. 25. Market Street. Palace Hotel.


:25A No. 25. [Duplicate No.] Market Street Bank.


:27 No. 27. Hunter Hotel and Howard Church.


:28 No. 28. Union Block.


:29 No. 29. From Golden Gate Avenue.


:30 No. 30. Chinese Camp Kitchen.


:31 No. 31. Chinese at Dinner.


:32 No. 32. Postoffice from Golden Gate Avenue.


:33 No. 33. St. Dominici Church.


:35 No. 35. City Lighting Co. -- Switchboard.


:38 No. 38. Postal Telegraph Building.


:40 No. 40. Schloss Building.


:45 No. 45. Claus Spreckel's Residence.


:46 No. 46. Interior Wells-Fargo Building.


:47 No. 47. C.R. Winslow Building.


:50 No. 50. Birdseye View of Refugees' Camp.


:51 No. 51. Board of Trade Bldg.


:52 No. 52. Emporium Bldg.


:54 No. 54. St. Francis Hotel.


:55 No. 55. Result of the Dynamite


:56 No. 56. City from California St.


:57 No. 57. Residence District from Van Ness Ave.


:58 Donner Lake, 110 miles from Sacramento. Eastern Summits 25 miles distant. Central Pacific Railroad, California. Photographer: Alfred A. Hart, no. 127


:59 Devil's Canyon. Geyser Springs, California, Photographer: Andrew Price


:60 Devil's Canyon. Geyser Springs, California. Photographer: Andrew Price