Report of the John A. Murtaugh, 1st Lieutenant, Assistant Surgeon USA, Assistant to Chief Sanitary Inspector, sent from Fort Mason District Hospital, San Francisco to Chief Sanitary Officer., 4/29/1906
File Unit: Inspection Reports: General Inspections, Reports of Special Inspections, 1906 - 1906. Series: Correspondence and Related Records Pertaining to the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906, 1906 - 1906. Record Group 112: Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army), 1775 - 1994
The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake struck 110 years ago on the morning of April 18, 1906. With an estimated magnitude of 7.9, it was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, with the earthquake and subsequent fires claiming more than 3,000 lives, and leaving half the city’s population homeless.
The National Archives Catalog also holds over 150 digitized photos related to the San Francisco Earthquake from multiple federal agencies, departments and congressional committees.
More on the San Francisco Earthquake from the National Archives:
- 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
Primary documents about the earthquake aftermath, from the National Archives at San Francisco.
- San Francisco Earthquake, 1906,
From the Center for Legislative Archives (on Tumblr at @congressarchives)
- When an American City Is Destroyed, via Prologue Magazine
How the U.S. military became the “first responders” and took charge when an earthquake struck San Francisco a century ago.