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March 27, 2006

Exhibit looks back at the aftermath of the Great Earthquake of 1906

The Earthquake of 1906: Stanford University and Environs is on view at the Peterson Gallery on the second floor of the Bing Wing at Green Library through Sept. 15. The exhibit, organized by the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford University Libraries, is free and open to the public.

The exhibit uses historic photographs, letters, telegrams, reports and physical evidence to illustrate the dramatic impact the Great Earthquake of April 18, 1906, had on Stanford University and surrounding areas. It also documents student and faculty relief efforts and how the young university came to terms with the damage and began to rebuild itself.

The exhibition is a project of the Stanford University Libraries and the Stanford University Quake '06 Centennial Alliance, which aims to increase community awareness of the effects of the earthquake on the campus and broaden understanding of how these contributed to technological advances in seismic hazard and earthquake preparedness and mitigation. For information and related sites, go to

Exhibit cases are illuminated Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. The gallery is accessible whenever Green Library is open; hours vary with the academic schedule. For library hours, call 723-0931. (First-time visitors must register at the east entrance portal to gain access to the library.)

Green Library will be closed on the following Sundays: April 2; June 18 and 25; Aug. 20 and 27; and September 3 and 10. The library also will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day and Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day.

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Images to accompany this press release are available upon request. Please contact Becky Fischbach at (650) 725-1020 or



Barbara Palmer, News Service: (650) 724-6184,


Becky Fischbach, Stanford Libraries: (650) 725-1020,

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