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                                    Document of the Month
                  1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire: The Freeman Report

                                                                                                   ieutenant Frederick N. Freeman,

                                                                                              L    stationed at the nearby Mare Island
                                                                                                   Naval Shipyard in Vallejo,
                                                                                              California, deserves acclamation as a
                                                                                              “Real Hero” of the catastrophic 1906
                                                                                              San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.
                                                                                               The firefighting work of Freeman and
                                                                                               his crew, hard at work without sleep
                                                                                               for three crucial days of the 1906
                                                                                                earthquake and fire, had special
                                                                                                significance because the earthquake
                                                                                                had destroyed San Francisco’s
                                                                                                 municipal water supply; furthermore,
                                                                                                 San Francisco firefighters and police
                                                                                                 were largely unavailable on the

                                                                                                     ortunately for posterity,
                                                                                                 F   Lieutenant Freeman’s lively, and
                                                                                                 informative report of his activities
                                                                                                 and observations during the 1906
                                                                                                  rescue effort, submitted on April 30,
                                                                                                  1906, has survived. Soon after its
                                                                                                   discovery as a “classified docu-
                                                                                                   ment” in 1972 among the holdings
                                                                                                   of the National Archives Pacific
                                                                                                    Region-San Francisco, it was
                                                                                                    declassified and made available to
                                                                                                    historians and the public as a
                                                                                                    major historical primary source
                                                             USTBD Perry on .                       concerning the 1906 Earthquake
                        ant Frederick N. Freeman n Francisco April 18 - 23, 1906
     Report of Lieuten e earthquake and fire in Sa                                                   and Fire.
     Activities during th

  A digital copy of “The Freeman Report” is available via the National Archives web page, as part of NARA’s
  Archival Research Catalogue (ARC). For quick access, use the search term “Freeman Report.” For documents including the latter plus
  letters of appreciation for the efforts of Freeman and his crew, enter the individual ARC numbers from 296766 through 296775.
  For access to a large number of National Archives ARC documents and photographs relating to the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, use
  the search term “San Francisco Earthquake.”

NARA                                                                                              Northeast Region                                     Exhibits:
                                                                                                  New York, NY                                         Mid-Atlantic Region
                                                                                                  From NARA’s Holdings:                                Philadelphia, PA
                                                                                                  New York Photographs                                 Tea & the Constitution

East Coast                                                                                                                           A View of
                                                                                                                                    the Rally on
                                                                                                                                                       Education in
                                                                                                                                                       Black & White
                                                                                                                                                       The Constitution at

                                                                                                                                   the Steps of
                                                          Citation: Records Relating to                                           the Sub-
                                                                                                                                                       Ground Level
                                                Bond Promotion; General Records of the                                           Treasury              Around the World With
                                                    Department of the Treasury, RG 56;                                           Building, WWII
                                                  NARA’s Northeast Region, (New York).
                                                                                                                                 Bond Drive.           the USS Olympia
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                                                                                                            Waltham, MA
                                    Papers from the 1839
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                                                                                                           Document An
                                                                                                                          arch &
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                                     Amistad Case                                                          K-12 Teachers
                                      In this case, the Connecticut               Philadelphia, PA                                         Philadelphia, PA
                                       District Court ruled that                  Researching Maritime Pittsfield, MA                      The Sinking
                                                                                  History               Lighthouses &                      of the Lusitania
                                       Africans, transported as slaves                                                   Early
                                                                                  Workshop              Maritime Reco                      Film Screening
                                        on the schooner Amistad,                  General Public        Film Screening
                                                                                                                        /General           General Public
                                         were free.                               215-606-0112         Public/413-236                      215-606-0100
                                                                                                       Morrow, GA
                                                       New York, NY                                                                                                     Morrow, GA
                                                8     Using Custom
                                                      House Record
                                                                      s       9                        National Day
                                                                                                                                                              12        Victory at Sea &
                                                                                                                                                                        Why We Fight
                                                      Workshop/Ge                                                                                                       Film Screenings
                                                                      n. Public                       Public/770-96
                                                      866-840-1752                                                    8-2100                                            770-968-2100
                                                    New York, NY                                                                                                        Hanover, MA
                                                    Educational Re                                                                                                      South Shore
                                                                     sources at
Citation: United States v.                         the National Ar                                                                                                      Genealogical Society
Cinque and the Africans,                           Lecture/K-12                                                                                                         Lecture/Genealogists
United States Circuit                              866-840-1752                                                                                                         866-406-2379
Court, Connecticut,          Waltham, MA                                                                                                                                Waltham, MA
                                                  Pittsfield, MA
September Term 1839;         Genealogical                                          Philadelphia, PA           Pittsfield, MA                                            African-American
                                                  Using Naturaliz
Records of District          Records                                ation          The Constitution at        Introduction to Early                                     Historic & Genealogical
                                                 Records at NA
Courts of the United         at NARA                              RA               Sea Level                  Navy Records
                                                 Lecture/Genea                                                                                                          Society
                             Lecture                              log
States, RG 21; NARA -                            413-236-3604 ists                 Lecture                    Film Screening                                            Research Visit
Northeast Region             Genealogists                                          General Public             General Public                                            Genealogists
                                                Waltham, MA
(Boston).                    866-406-2379                                          215-606-0112               413-236-3604                                              866-406-2379
                                               Customs Hous
                                                               e Records
                                               Lecture &
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                                                                                                                       rs     18           Philadelphia, PA
                                                                                                                                           On the Waterfront  19
                                                                                                                                           Film Screening/Gen. Public
                                                                                          land, N
                                                                                  Ellis Is Your Immig Public                               215-606-0112
                                                                                            g            l
                                                                                  Tracin op/Genera
                                                                                   Works 0-1752                                             Key West, FL
                                                                                    866-8            A                         9
                                                                                                                                            Keys Community College      Waltham, MA
                                                                                              am, M         cords         6-237             Emerging Research in        Swedish Ancestors
                                                                                      Walth s House Re rs/866-40
                                                                                       Custo /K-12 Teac     he                               American Indian Pottery    Research Association
                                                                                                                                ept Th
                                                                                        Lecture                           Who K        4      Graduate Students         Tour/Research Visit
                                                                                                     A             omen 13-236-360            Symposium                 Genealogists
                                                                                                ld, M        the W
                                                                                        Pittsfie n. Lights & ral Public/4                    816-268-8012               866-406-2379
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                                                                                         19th C ening/Gen
                                                                                          Film S
Citation: Station Logs-
                                            22         New York, NY
                                                       Teaching With
                                                       Maritime Records
                                                                         23                                                      25                           26        Lifeboat Carrying
Entry 452, Philadelphia                                Workshop
Naval Shipyard,                                        K-12 Teachers
                                                                                                                                                                        Titanic Survivors
                             Philadelphia, PA                                                                                              Philadelphia, PA             Citation: Records of District
Records of Naval                                       212-401-1637
                             Old Hands Out of Work                                                                                         Around the World             Courts of the United States,
Districts and Shore
                             Lecture                   Waltham, MA                                                                         with the U.S.S. Olympic      RG 21; NARA-Northeast
Establishments, RG181;
                             General Public            Sailors & Seamen                                                                    Exhibit Opening              Region (New York City).
NARA - Mid-Atlantic
                             215-606-0112              Lecture & Tour                                                                      215-606-0100
Region (Philadelphia).

                                                      Log Book
                                                                         30                        31         Exhibit:
                                                                                                              New York, NY
                                                      Entry                       Philadelphia, PA
                                                      Sunday,                     Passenger Lists &           Disasters:
                                                      December 7, 1941.           Genealogy
                                                                                  Workshop                    The Titanic &
                                                                                                              The Lusitania

NARA’s Northeast Region                         Boston 866-406-2379                              NARA’s Mid-Atlantic                               NARA’s Southeast Region
Pittsfield 413-236-3600                                       Region                                            Morrow 770-968-2100                    New York 866-840-1752                            Philadelphia 215-606-0100               
NARA                                                                                                                                                Exhibits:
                                                                                                                                                    Central Plains Region
                                                                                                                                                    Kansas City, MO

Midwest                                                                                                                                              Women Ordnance Workers
                                                                                                                                                       Dwight D. Eisenhower
                                                                                                                                                       Presidential Library

                                                                                                                                                        U.S. Versus Lee Kim
                                                                                                                                                         NARA, Kansas City, Missouri

                                                                                                                                      Citation: RG 156, Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance,
                                                                                                                                      Cornhusker Ordnance Plant, Grand Island, Nebraska.

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                                                              Kansas City, MO                                                                                                   Ft. Worth, TX
                                                              Know Your Records:                                                                                                Fort Worth Public Library
                                                              The Civil War                                                                                                     Native American
                                                              Lecture                                                                                                           Research
                                                              General Public                                                                                                    Lecture/General Public
                                                              816-268-8072                                                                                                      817-817-READ

Profile of
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Water Surface From Levels                                                                                                                            Schooner,
This chart depicts a portion of the                                                                                                                  Chicago Harbor
Missouri River floodplain as it appeared                      Kansas City, MO
in the fall of 1879.                                          Know Your Records:                                                                      Citation: RG 77,
Citation: Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of      Maritime Records                                                                        NARA’s Great Lakes
Engineers; Records of the Office of the Chief of              Lecture                                                                                 Region- Chicago.
Engineers, RG 77; NARA - Central Plains Region                General Public
(Kansas City, Missouri).                                      816-268-8072

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                                                             Kansas City, MO
                                                             Know Your Records:                                                                     Kansas City, MO             St. Joseph, MO
                                                             US Naval                                                  Independence, MO             Finding Your Lost           NARA Records for
                                                             Photographic Records                                      Internet & the Genealogist   Cherokee Ancestors          Genealogy
                                                             Lecture                                                   Lecture                      Lecture                     Lecture
                                                             General Public                                            Genealogists                 General Public              Genealogists
                                                             816-268-8072                                              816-268-8012                 816-268-8014                816-268-8014

Exhibit:         21                              22                              23                            24                       25                           26                          27
National Personnel
Records Center                                               Kansas City, MO
                                                                                                                                                    El Paso, TX
                                                                                                                                                    Chinese Exclusion Records
Archival Programs Division                                   Know Your Records:                                                                     Texas-Mexico Border:
                                                             Seaman Impressment
St. Louis, MO                                                Cases
                                                                                                                                                    Mexican Revolutionaries
                                                             Lecture                                                                                Archival & Allied
                                                             General Public                                                                         Professionals
                                                             816-268-8072                                                                           817-831-5620

                                    The Sea Services
                                                                                 30                            31       Exhibits:
                                                                                                                        Great Lakes Region
                                    Jefferson Barracks Historic Park Exhibit
                                    documents Navy, Marines, Coast Guard &
                                                                                                                        Chicago, IL
                                    Merchant Marine services during various                                             A Natural Resource in a
                                    historical periods.                                                                 Local Setting
                                    314-544-6224 / 314-544-5714
                                    Citation: Official Military Personnel Files; RG 127; National Personnel
                                    Records Center (NPRC) Archival Programs Division (St. Louis).                       Windy City Sports

NARA’s Great Lakes Region                             NARA’s                                                  NARA’s National Personnel                     NARA’s Southwest Region
Chicago 773-948-9001                                  Central Plains Region                                   Records Center (NPRC)                         Fort Worth 817-831-5620                             Kansas City 816-268-8000                                Archival Programs Division          
                                                                        St. Louis 314-801-0850
NARA                                                                                           Exhibit:
                                                                                               San Jose, CA
                                                                                               1906 San Francisco
                                                                                                                                     Citation: “Looking North towards City Hall”; Records
                                                                                                                                     of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, RG 181;
                                                                                                                                                         NARA’s Pacific Region (San Bruno)

West Coast                                                                                     Earthquake & Fire
                                                                                               Photographs from the
                                                                                               catastrophic 1906 earth-
                                                                                               quake/fire, mostly by
                                                                                               significant Federal “first

May    SUNDAY                        MONDAY                   TUESDAY                WEDNESDAY
                                                                                               Begins 5/1: San Jose, CA
                                                                                               Martin Luther King Public Library.

                                                                                                               THURSDAY                      FRIDAY                     SATURDAY

                                                                                                          Seattle, WA                                             Auburn, WA
                                                 1                          2                       3     Beginning
                                                                                                          Computer Genealogy
                                                                                                                             4                           5        Green River
                                                                                                                                                                  Community College
                                                          Photograph of                                   Workshop                                                History Day
                                                          Anchorage, Alaska in 1917                       General Public
                                                                                                                                                                  Contest/K-12 Students
                                                          This photograph was                             Denver, CO                                              Burbank, CA
                                                          included in a Forest Supervisor’s               Using Primary Records                                   Southern California
                                                          report on prostitution near                     for Teacher Workshops                                   Genealogical Jamboree
                                                          Anchorage, Alaska.                              Lecture & Tour                                          Workshop
                                                                                                          K-12 Teachers                                           Genealogists
                                                                                                          303-407-5749                                            949-360-3427
                                                                                 Denver, CO
Citation: Forest
Supervisors’ Records.7
Special Use Permits, ca.
                              Denver, CO
                              Non-Census Research8
                              in NARA Textual Records
                                                                            9    Using Computers10
                                                                                 for Genealogy Research
                                                                                                                         11                             12        Seattle, WA    13
                                                                                                                                                                  Maritime Records
1920s - 1960s, Alaska                                                            Workshop & Tour                                                                  Workshop
                              Workshop & Tour
Region, Tongass-Stikine &                                                        Genealogists                                                                     General Public
                              General Public
Chugach National                                                                 303-407-5749                                                                     206-336-5115
Forests; Records of the                                 Denver, CO               Denver, CO                                         San Bruno, CA                 Seattle, WA
                              Denver, CO
Forest Service, RG 95;                                  Using BIA Records        How to Find Homestead                              Military Service Records 1:   Immigration &
                              Naturalization Records
NARA - Pacific Alaska                                   for Genealogy            Records                  Seattle, WA               Revolution-Civil War          Naturalization Records
                              in the US
Region (Anchorage).                                     Workshop & Tour          Workshop & Tour          Brick Wall Discussion     Lecture                       Workshop
                              Workshop & Tour
                              General Public            Genealogists             Genealogists             Genealogists              Genealogists                  Genealogists
                              303-407-5749              303-407-5749             303-407-5749             206-336-5115              650-238-3488                  206-336-5115

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                                                                                                                                                                  Maritime Museum
                                                                                                                                                                  Point Alones Chinese
                                                                                                                                                                  Village 100 Year
                                                                                 Butte, MT                                                                        Remembrance
                                                                                 Montana Tech                                                                     Info. Booth/Gen. Public
                                                                                 Northwest Archivists                                                             510-792-3163
                                                                                 Conference                                                                       Merced, CA
                                                                                 Allied Professionals &                                                           Passenger Arrival &
                                                                                 Archival                                                                         Naturalization Records
                                                                                 206-336-5115                                                                     Workshop/Genealogists

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                              Casualty                                                                     Steamboat Cochan
San Francisco, CA
                              Investigations:                                                              on the Colorado River, 1900
Asian Heritage
                                                                                                            Citation: Records of the US Army Corps of
Street Celebration            The wreck of the                                                              Engineers, RG 77, NARA’s Pacific Region
Information Booth
General Public                Valencia, 1906                                                                (Laguna Niguel).

                28                                                                              31          Exhibit:
                                                                                                            Pacific Alaska Region
   Citation: Records of the
          Bureau of Marine
                                                                                                            Seattle, WA
 Inspection & Navigation,
     RG 41, NARA’s Pacific
                                                                                                            “Abandon Ship!”
  Alaska Region (Seattle).                                                                                  Shipwrecks in the Pacific

NARA’s Pacific Laguna Niguel 949-360-2641                                   NARA’s Rocky                            NARA’s Pacific              Seattle 206-336-5115
Region                                     Mountain Region                         Alaska Region     
                              San Bruno 650-238-3501                        Denver 303-407-5740                                                 Anchorage 907-261-7800

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