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  • Film, Video

    [Unidentified Staples & Charles. San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of 1906] /

    This film is made up of five panoramas, four wide and one close-up, of the ruins of downtown San Francisco shortly after the 1906 disaster, plus a panorama and scene in a nearby refugee camp. Original intertitles precede each change of scene, but the locations provided are incorrect for three of the five views. The state of the ruins and camp suggest a date ...

    • Contributor: Afi/Staples (robert) & Charles (barbara) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    San Francisco disaster /

    This film shows the partial burning of a small-scale model of downtown San Francisco in an early attempt at simulating the 1906 disaster. The model is seen in aerial view from above the South-of-Market district, looking northwest toward Market Street and the downtown area. Russian Hill (left) and Telegraph Hill (right) are shown in a painted background. The Call Building at 3rd and Market ...

    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
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    Exploded gas tanks, U.S. Mint, Emporium and Spreckels Bld'g /

    This film is a spectacular pan of the downtown area of San Francisco as seen from south of Market Street. The location among low ruins was ideal to view the tall ruined buildings along and north of Market Street. Since the facade of St. Patrick's Church is not visible in the pan, the film is probably later than May 9, the date the facade ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    San Francisco earthquake and fire, April 18, 1906 /

    This film shows the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, and the devastation resulting from the subsequent three-day fire. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12am and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands ...

    • Contributor: Afi/Adams (l. F.) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    Early films of San Francisco, before and after the great earthquake & fire, 1897-1916 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Compilation of 26 films from the collections of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress.

    • Date: 1994
  • Film, Video

    Scenes in San Francisco, [no. 2] /

    This film is a compilation of panoramas filmed in the ruins of downtown San Francisco and outlying refugee camps following the 1906 earthquake and fire. The film dates from Wednesday, May 9, 1906. The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [Frame: 0102 (part 1)] The film begins with a long, dramatic pan of downtown ruins viewed from Natoma Street between 4th and ...

    • Contributor: Gove, Otis M. (otis Meader) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    San Francisco's future /

    By mid-1916, after viewing the carnage in Europe, the United States saw itself poised with great reluctance on the edge of participation in World War I. Isolationism and anti-preparedness feeling remained strong in San Francisco, not only among radicals such as the International Workers of the Worlds ("the Wobblies"), but also among responsible labor leaders. At the same time, with the rise of Bolshevism ...

    • Contributor: Hearst, Phoebe Apperson - Rodiester, Claire - Rolph, James - Afi/Post (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    Scenes in San Francisco, [no. 1] /

    This film is a compilation of views and pans among the ruins of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire and dates from Wednesday, May 9, 1906. The film was shot in the downtown area along Market and Mission streets. The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [Frame: 0100] The camera, positioned at the southwest corner of Mission and 5th streets, makes ...

    • Contributor: Gove, Otis M. (otis Meader) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    Before and after the great earthquake and fire early films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Site offers a perspective on the effects the San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires of 1906 had on the development of the city. Seventeen films shot before the devastating events and seven shot detailing the horrendous damage are available for viewing. In addition a 1915 and 1916 film are included to illustrate the rebuilt area.

    • Date: 1999
  • Film, Video

    Army pack train bringing supplies. /

    This film highlights the role of the United States Army in transporting supplies following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. The Army's relief operations headquarters was at their base, the Presidio, outside the burned part of the city. The Army played a major role in relief and refugee operations. In the first weeks after the fire, food, water, tents, blankets, medical supplies, ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    Mabel and Fatty viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco, Cal.

    Comedy co-stars Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand take viewers on a tour of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. The antics of Fatty and Mabel are accompanied by shots of Exposition attractions, including the U.S. Battleship "Oregon", the Australian convict ship "Success" (complete with such punishment devices as a flogging rack and a spiked Iron Maiden), the world's tallest flagpole (251 feet), the ...

    • Contributor: Arbuckle, Roscoe - Sennett, Mack - Keystone Film Company - Mutual Film Company - Blackhawk Films - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Afi/Meggers (william F.) Collection (library of Congress) - Normand, Mabel
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video

    The big house. Alcatraz, Sing Sing / Catalog Record Only

    The men who served time in the Alcatraz and Sing Sing speak out in this fascinating look at America's most notorious prisons. Interviews from former inmates, guards, wardens and other insiders offer an unvarnished look at what life is like behind bars, while journalists and historians detail the stories that have become part of prison lore, including the "Escape from Alcatraz."

    • Date: 1998
  • Film, Video

    One California day / Catalog Record Only

    An inside look at California surf culture yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

    • Date: 2008
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    Army pack train bringing supplies / Catalog Record Only

    Shows a U.S. Army pack train bringing supplies to the survivors of the San Francisco earthquake in 1906.

    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    In old California / Catalog Record Only

    A handsome, two-fisted pharmacist moves from Boston to Sacramento during the gold rush. Although he endears himself to the community by acting as a doctor, he tangles with the towns unscupulous political bosses. He becomes engaged to a wealthy woman from San Francisco, but discovers in the end that he loves the local dance hall singer.

    • Date: 1942
  • Film, Video

    Meet me at Brooklyn & Soto celebrating the Jewish community of East Los Angeles /

    Discusses the history of the Jewish community in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    • Date: 1996
  • Film, Video

    The RKO story--tales from Hollywood. Birth of a titan] = Hollywood--the golden years. Episode one, Birth of a titan / Catalog Record Only

    The birth of R.K.O. Radio Pictures is profiled through film clips and interviews with participants. Featured are interviews with Katharine Hepburn, Rudy Vallee, and Fay Wray. The making of the movies Cimarron, King Kong, and Flying down to Rio is also explored.

    • Date: 1991
  • Film, Video

    KPFA on the air / Catalog Record Only

    Reviews the 50-year history the first listener-supported community radio station, KPFA in Berkeley, California. Covers its founding by pacifists and poets, news coverage of the McCarthy hearings, peace issues, race relations, nuclear disarmanent, nuclear power, student protests, the Black Panther Movement, and the Vietnam War, to the present day challenges.

    • Date: 2000
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    Birth of a community Jews & the Gold Rush / Catalog Record Only

    This program relates the history of Jewish pioneers to California during the Gold Rush, outlining their reasons for coming, and their way of life once they arrived. The history of early Jewish settlements in San Francisco and Sacramento, and in Gold Rush mining communities is explored.

    • Date: 1996
  • Film, Video

    The American experience. The great San Francisco earthquake / Catalog Record Only

    Program features the accounts of those who lived in San Francisco before and after it was destroyed by a devastating earthquake and fire in April 1906. Archival footage and rare photos show the event that killed thousands of people and left tens of thousands homeless. It also outlines the remarkable recovery of the survivors who rebuilt San Franscisco within three years.

    • Date: 1988
  • Film, Video

    Du Pont show of the week. Hollywood--my home town / Catalog Record Only

    This anthology series presents a panorama of programs, such as musical variety, dramatic shows, documentaries, and special projects. This episode consists of the home movies taken by Ken Murray, entertainer and amateur cameraman, of Hollywood celebrities from 1927 to the present. Approximately 75 of Hollywood's top stars are seen. The show is divided loosely into five parts: Hollywwod in the 20's; Hollywood revisited; Playtime ...

    • Date: 1962
  • Film, Video

    The Wilderness idea = The American experience. Battle for wilderness / Catalog Record Only

    Tells the story of the two founders of American conservation, John Muir and Gifford Pinchot, and their historic battle over whether a remote valley in California, Hetch Hetchy, should be dammed and flooded to form a reservoir. The battle reflected the two sides of the conservation issue--absolute protection of wilderness lands versus careful management and use of nature to serve human needs.

    • Date: 1989
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    Northwest outpost / Catalog Record Only

    Capt. James Laurence commands the troops of Fort Ross, a Russian outpost in California in the 1830s. Natalie Alanova arrives from Russia in search of Count Igor Savin. He and her father were involved in a plot to kill a Russian government official. Savin finked on his co-conspirators but not her father because she agreed to marry him. He is imprisoned in the fort. ...

    • Date: 1947
  • Film, Video

    Song of a Jewish cowboy Catalog Record Only

    An unlikely mix of Yiddish and cowboy cultures. A descendant of the Petaluma, California chicken ranchers, he carries on the Yiddish and ranching traditions.

    • Date: 2002