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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Messina Earthquake Photographs Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of one hundred and seventeen black-and-white, silver gelatin prints of the destruction and the aftermath caused by the earthquake in Messina, Italy, in 1908.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one hundred and seventeen black-and-white, silver gelatin prints (6.5 x 5 in.) of the destruction and the aftermath caused by the earthquake in Messina, Italy, in 1908. The photographs are divided into 2 groups. One group consists of forty-seven photographs with a white border. Most are numbered, though the photographs do not represent a complete numbered set. They are dated, and each print bears location information either printed or handwritten in Italian. The second group consists of seventy photographs with no white borders. They are not dated, and the only information of the location is written in pencil on the verso of each print, also in Italian. A few of these photographs have printed on the verso "Guglielmo Schlatter, Catania."

Collection History


AM 1995-68.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Jill Baron in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Messina Earthquake Photographs Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1