This CD contains the page images and searchable text from three contemporary reports, and photographs from a fourth report, describing the damages to San Francisco from the April 1906 earthquake and fire:
San Francisco and Vicinity, the Story of the Great Disaster, April 18th to 21st, 1906, Told by Pen and Pencil.
By Wilbur Gleason Zeigler.
The San Francisco Conflagration of April, 1906. Special Report To The National Board Of Fire Underwriters Committee Of Twenty.
By S. Albert Reed.
The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Of April 18, 1906, and Their Effects on Structures and Structural Materials Reports.
By Grove Karl Gilbert, Richard Lewis Humphrey, John Stephen Sewell, & Frank Soule; United States Geological Survey.
Photographs from The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire; A Brief History of the Disaster. A Presentation of Facts and Resulting Phenomena, with Special Reference to the Efficiency of Building Materials. Lessons of the Disaster.
By A. L. A. Himmelwright; The Roebling Construction Company.
Wilbur Zeigler gives a brief but vivid account of his experiences during and after the quake, and provides 90 photos of the event and the aftermath.
The reports for the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the United States Geological Survey tell the story of the disaster from the perspective of contemporary engineers and geologists. They describe and illustrate the damages to landmark buildings, streets, and water systems of San Francisco and the surrounding cities. The reports thoroughly examine the strengths and weaknesses of the building design and construction standards which were tested by the quake and fire, and they critique the response of civil authorities and property owners during the disaster.
Included among the 300 photographs from these three books (and from the Roebling Construction Company report) are panoramas of the devastated areas, and many images of the individual buildings affected by the disaster.
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