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Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire:
Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916

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Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress

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This collection consists of twenty-six films of San Francisco from before and after the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1897-1916. Seventeen of the films depict San Francisco and its environs before the 1906 disaster. Seven films describe the great earthquake and fire. The two later films include a 1915 travelogue that shows scenes of the rebuilt city and a tour of the Panama Pacific Exposition and a 1916 propaganda film.
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Early San Francisco

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Selected Bibliography: San Francisco

Selected Bibliography: Early Motion Pictures

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