Loma Prieta Earthquake remembrance collection, 1989-1990

Graphic from the response form used to collect stories.
Graphic from the response form used to collect stories. Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Center.

Following the Loma Prieta Earthquake of October 17, 1989, the Oakland Public Library undertook a project to collect memories of the earthquake from the local community. A one-page form with the title “October 17, 1989 Earthquake: Where Were You?” was prepared and distributed throughout the library system. Library visitors recorded their memories on the form, often completely filling both sides of the form with their reminiscences. Some library visitors took the forms home, attached extensive narratives and mailed them back to the library. 175 responses were received, mostly between late October 1989 and June 1990, and they are preserved in this collection. 

(OHC COLL 2016-10)

5 folders in box (.21 linear feet)

Go here for a more detailed list of this collection's contents. 

Available at Oakland History Center, Main Library.