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

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Selected Annotated Bibliography

General

Beebe, Lucius, and Charles Clegg. San Francisco's Golden Era. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North Books, 1960.
Excellent pictorial and graphic coverage of pre-1906 San Francisco.
Cameron, Robert. Above San Francisco. San Francisco: Cameron and Company, 1986.
One of a series, superb aerial coverage of San Francisco and the Bay Area, including "then and now" views.
Dillon, Richard. San Francisco: Adventurers and Visionaries. Tulsa, OK: Continental Heritage Press, 1983.
Contains rich pictorial coverage of San Francisco history.
Johnson, Paul, and Richard Reinhardt. San Francisco: As It Is, As It Was. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1979.
An excellent pictorial history of San Francisco.
Lewis, Oscar, and Milton S Ray. San Francisco Since 1872. San Francisco: W.S. Ray and Company, 1946.
An interesting early pictorial history of the city.
Watkins, T.H., and R.R. Olmsted. Mirror of the Dream -- An Illustrated History of San Francisco. San Francisco: Scrimshaw Press, 1976.
Includes a thorough pictorial history of San Francisco.

Buildings

Corbett, Michael R. Splendid Survivors: San Francisco's Downtown Architectural Heritage. San Francisco: California Living Books, San Francisco Examiner, 1976.
Excellent detailed coverage of the buildings of downtown San Francisco.
McGrew, Patrick, and Marion Brenner (photographer). Landmarks of San Francisco. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991.
A splendid pictorial survey, in color and black & white, of San Francisco's landmark buildings.
Olmsted, Roger, and T.H. Watkins. Here Today: San Francisco's Architectural Heritage. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1968.
Detailed pictorial coverage of San Francisco's surviving pre-1910 buildings.

Transportation

Smallwood, Charles S., Warren E. Miller, and Don DeNevi. The Cable Car Book. Millbrae, CA: Celestial Arts, 1980.
Excellent pictorial survey of a century of San Francisco cable cars.
Stindt, Fred A. San Francisco's Century of Streetcars. Kelseyville, CA: F.A. Stindt, 1990.
Thorough pictorial coverage of San Francisco streetcars.
Wurm, Ted, and Al Graves. The Crookedest Railroad in the World. Glendale, CA: Trans-Anglo Books, 1983.

Chinatown

Dicker, Laverne Mau. The Chinese in San Francisco: A Pictorial History. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1984.
Good pictorial coverage of all eras of San Francisco's Chinatown.
Tchen, John Kuo Wei, ed. Genthe's Photographs of Old Chinatown. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1984.
Unique photographs of Chinatown at the turn of the century.

Maritime

Harlan, George H. San Francisco Bay Ferryboats. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North Books, 1967.
Thorough pictorial coverage of the golden age of San Francisco Bay ferryboats.
Kemble, John H. San Francisco Bay: A Pictorial Maritime History. New York: Bonanza Books, 1978.
An excellent pictorial survey of the maritime history of San Francisco Bay and the Delta.

San Francisco and Environs

Gilliam, Harold, and Michael Bry. The Natural World of San Francisco. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1967.
Good pictorial coverage of San Francisco's natural landscape, including Lands End.
Loomis, Patricia. Signposts II. San Jose, CA: San Jose Historical Museum Association, 1985.
Includes pictorial coverage of San Jose and surroundings in the early years.
Pierce, Marjorie. San Jose and Its Cathedral. San Jose, CA: Western Tananger Press, 1990.
A history of San Jose and St. Joseph's Cathedral with good pictorial coverage of local history.
San Francisco and California. San Francisco (?): E.P. Charleton & Company, 1909.
Early pictorial coverage of "the most striking features of the newly made metropolis" following the earthquake and fire.
Wurm, Theodore G., and Alvin C. Graves. The Crookedest Railroad in the World. Glendale, CA: Trans-Anglo Books, 1983.
Includes thorough pictorial coverage of the Mount Tamalpais Railroad.

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

Beebe, Lucius, and Charles Clegg. San Francisco's Golden Era: A Picture History of San Francisco Before the Fire. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North, 1960.
Bronson, William. The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1959.
Includes detailed pictorial coverage of the earthquake and fire and its aftermath in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Hansen, Gladys, and Emmet Condon. Denial of Disaster. San Francisco: Cameron and Company, 1989.
Includes many rare high-quality photographs of the disaster, and several colored reproductions.
Himmelwright, A.L.A. The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire: A Brief History of the Disaster. New York: Roebling Construction Company, 1906.
An account of the earthquake and fire from an engineer commissioned by the Roebling Construction Company of New Jersey to report on the fire-proofing construction materials patented by Roebling that were found in the debris of San Francisco's ruins.
Saul, Eric, and Don DeNeri. The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Millbrae, CA: Celestial Arts, 1981.
Good pictorial coverage of the disaster.
San Francisco Before and After April 18, 1906 (2nd edition). San Francisco: L.C. Osteyee, ca. 1906.
San Francisco and Vicinity Before and After its Destruction... Portland, ME: L.H. Nelson Company, 1906.

Panama-Pacific International Exposition

Ewald, Donna, and Peter Clute. San Francisco Invites the World. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1991.
Good pictorial introduction to the Fair.
Newhall, Ruth. San Francisco's Enchanted Palace. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North Books, 1967.
A look back at the Fair and the rebuilding of the Palace of Fine Arts in the mid-1960s, with many photographs.
Reid, Robert A. The Blue Book: the Official Souvenir and View Book of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. San Francisco: P.P.I.E., 1915.
The best pictorial source book on the Fair.
Roesch, Roberta Fleming. World's Fairs: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. New York: John Day Company, 1962.

Selected Bibliography: Early Motion Pictures

Allen, Robert C. Vaudeville and Film, 1895-1915. New York: Arno Press, 1980.

Barnouw, Erik. The Magician and the Cinema. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Everson, William K. American Silent Film. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Hampton, Benjamin. A History of the Movies. New York: Covici, Friede, and Co., 1931;reprint ed., retitled History of the American Film Industry. New York: Dover, 1970.

Hendricks, Gordon. The Edison Motion Picture Myth. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1961.

Horowitz, Rita, and Harriet Harrison, comp. The George Kleine Collection of Early Motion Pictures in the Library of Congress A Catalog. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1980.

Musser, Charles. "The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907," History of the American Cinema, v. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.

________. Before the Nickelodeon: Edwin S. Porter and the Edison Manufacturing Company. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1991.

________. A Guide to Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors, 1894-1908: A Microfilm Edition. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1984.

Niver, Kemp R. Motion Pictures from the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection, 1894-1912. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1967.

Nye, Russel. The Unembarrassed Muse. New York: Dial Press, 1970.

Ramsaye, Terry. A Million and One Nights. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1926; reprint ed., New York: Touchstone, 1986.

Smith, Albert E. Two Reels and a Crank. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1952.

White-Henson, Wendy and Veronica M. Gillespie, comp. The Theodore Roosevelt Association Film Collection A Catalog. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1986.

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