The University of South Carolina Libraries presents this digital web gallery documenting the Charleston Earthquake that occurred on August 31, 1886. Contemporary photographs by George LaGrange Cook, William Wilson, W.H. Fairchild, J.H. Wisser, and Joseph Hall show the destruction immediately following the earthquake and are complemented by reports, maps, and geological surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For example, a search on "tent" retrieves a view of a tent city in Washington Square, another on Hampstead Mall, and yet another in an unnamed park. There are multiple views of buildings, including Mayor William A. Courtenay's house, with roof damage and props to hold up the walls until more repair could be done. The gallery was created with CONTENTdm software; moving from image to image can be a little clunky, but once an image is selected, images can be zoomed for great detail viewing.
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