Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Topics in Chronicling America
In 1906, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake caused 3,000+ deaths in San Francisco. This guide provides access to materials related to the "1906 San Francisco Earthquake" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
Horrific shrieks of pain and grief pervade San Francisco as the most violent earthquake in modern history slams the city in the early morning hours of April 18, 1906. EARTHQUAKES DEAD MAY NUMBER 3,000; FIRE IS NOW RAGING, screamed the Final edition of the New York Evening World. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
April 18, 1906
Earthquake occurs at 5:12-5:13 a.m.; fires begin; many aftershocks occur.
April 19, 1906
Fires continue; several newspapers print a combined newspaper on the presses of the Oakland Tribune.