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Photograph Albums of the Great Mino-Owari (1891) and Great Kanto (1923) Earthquakes, 1891-1923
1 half archives box (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MA.00278

Abstract:
Two albums of photographs of the Great Mino-Owari Earthquake (also known as the Great Nobi Earkthquake), 1891, and the Great Kanto Earthquake, 1923. Compiler(s) unknown.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Collection for research use.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Historical Note

The 1891 Mino-Owari earthquake struck the former Japanese provinces of Mino and Owari in the Nobi Plain in the early morning of October 28. The event, also known as the Great Nobi Earthquake, is the largest known inland earthquake to have occurred in the Japanese archipelago. The shock occurred near Nagoya, and was felt throughout the country, but was the strongest in central Japan. The cities of Gifu and Ogaki experienced heavy damage, due largely to fire, but Osaka and Nagoya were also significantly affected. Estimated casualties: 7,273 dead and 17,175 injured.

The Great Kanto earthquake struck the Kanto Plain on the Japanese main island of Honshu on Saturday, September 1, 1923. This was the deadliest earthquake in Japanese history, and at the time was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region. A strong typhoon struck Tokyo Bay at about the same time as the earthquake. Altogether, the earthquake and typhoon killed an estimated 99,300 people, and another 43,500 were missing.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Two bound albums of photographs documenting the aftermath of the Nobi Earthquake (1891) and the Great Kanto Earthquake, 1923. Photographs were printed on printing-out paper. Compilers of the albums are unknown. Vol. 2 (Nobi earthquake) bears a label inside the back cover, not concurrent with compilation of album, that seems to indicate that pages were treated with some sort of gaseous preservative. Also inside the back cover of vol. 1 are two bus or train ticket stubs, probably issued during the time of the earthquake and inserted by owner as souvenirs.

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Volume 1: The Great Kanto Earthquake, 1923
  • Volume 2: The Great Mino-Owari Earthquake (also known as the Great Nobi Earthquake), 1891

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Collection for research use.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Photograph Albums of the Great Mino-Owari (1891) and Great Kanto (1923) Earthquakes, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Purchase, 2013. (Accession #2013.124)


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
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Language
Japanese


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Subjects
  • Earthquakes -- Japan -- Kanto Region.
  • Earthquakes -- Japan -- Nobi Plain -- Pictorial works.
  • Kanto Earthquake, Japan, 1923.


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