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1906 Earthquake Centennial Exhibition from the Stanford Archives

Stanford University

The Stanford University Archives exhibit displays 20-24 cases of material to mark the centennial of the Great San Francisco Earthquake. The April 18, 1906 earthquake forced the University to close temporarily, yet the resilience of the Stanford community was remarkable.

Although effects of the earthquake would be evident for many years, staff, faculty, and students worked together to make the reopening of the university in the fall of 1906 possible. The seismic event provided research opportunities for scholars in geology and engineering and led to advancement of knowledge in a number of fields.

One hundred years later the centennial provides an opportunity to educate the Stanford and local communities about what really happened on April 18, 1906 and subsequent days, months, and years.

The exhibition will explore the effects of the '06 quake on the Stanford community and surrounding areas, with particular focus on the physical, psychological, and financial impacts. The reactions of faculty, staff, and students are well documented in letters, documents, and news accounts. Reports made for the Board of Trustees on the extent of the damage and the proposed rebuilding of structures on campus are also available together with photographic documentation.

The exhibition will feature documentation of research undertaken by faculty and students on the geological effects throughout the entire area affected by the earthquake. Results of research on development of new engineering techniques to make buildings safer will be on display. Space will be devoted to the effect of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and to disaster preparedness planning on campus.

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April 1 - July 1, 2006

The exhibit cases are illuminated Mon - Fri: 10 am - 6 pm; Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, and Sun: 1 pm - 6 pm.


Stanford University
Rotunda and Peterson Exhibition Gallery of the Green Library - Bing Wing, 2nd floor
Stanford, CA 94305

Note: First-time visitors must register at the east entrance portal to gain access to the library.

Green Library's east wing entrance faces Meyer Library. View a map of the campus.

The gallery is accessible whenever Green Library is open and hours vary with the academic schedule. For library hours, call (650) 723-0931.


History of 1906 Earthquake at Stanford University


General public. Free event.

Volunteer Opportunities



Margaret Kimball, (650) 723-0931

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