Guide to the Alexander Lowry Photographs

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The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
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Guide to the Alexander Lowry Photographs

Collection number: MS 188

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
April 2005
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2005 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Lowry Photographs
Dates: 1989
Collection number: MS 188
Creator: Lowry, Alexander
Collection Size: 30 photographs

2 flats
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection consists of black and white photographs taken of downtown Santa Cruz, California, immediately after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and scenes of the University of Califoria, Santa Cruz Campus.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Alexander Lowry Photographs. MS 188. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alexander Lowry in 1990

Biography

Alexander Lowry has been making personal and professional photographs since 1957. During his career he has been a newspaper photographer and public relations photographer, and for the last 30 years has concentrated on contract work, primarily for educational and conservation organizations. Photo Researchers, Inc. in New York has represented his stock photography since 1964. He has taught workshops for University of California, Santa Cruz Extension and others since 1974. His photographs have appeared in more than 500 publications worldwide over a span of five decades. He has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows, and his prints are in public and private collections.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of twenty four 8x10" black and white photographs taken of the damage to downtown Santa Cruz, California, after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
At the time of the earthquake, Alexander Lowry and his wife owned and operated a studio in downtown Santa Cruz. He took these photographs immediately after the earthquake and during the next few days when most of the downtown was off limits to the general public.
Also included are scenes of the University of California, Santa Cruz campus.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Lowry, Alexander--archives
Photographers--California--Santa Cruz County
Earthquakes--California--Loma Prieta
Photographic Prints--1980-1989

Related Material

  • F868.S25L68 Santa Clara County, a second look; photographic essay, 1965.
  • LD781.S4C3 Tutorial project. Photos by Alexander Lowry, with inroduction by Tom Knight, 1968.
  • F868.S33L68 Castle Rock: west of skyline. Photographs by Alexander Lowry, text by Deanne Earnshaw, 1973.
  • TR 654.L68 10 Critters by Alexander Lowry; afterword by David Brockman, 1978.
  • F868.S3I5 In the ocean wind; the Santa Cruz north coast. Cynthia Wayburn and Peter Scott, editors. With an introd. by Peter Beagle. Felton, Calif., Glenwood Publishers, 1974.

Container List

Box 1

ms0188_pho_0001 Part of Cooper House gable. It was in 8 pieces; Background: Billie (foreman for Granite Construction); Right: Bobby Bauer (did most of the work to get the sculpture out); Left: Tony (son of man who ran wrecking ball), October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #635-13-23
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0002 A room in St. George Hotel; Lots of chunks fell from the ceilings; Bracing is cracked and twisted, mostly on 2nd and 3rd floors, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #635-46-29
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0003 Fireplace in St. George [Hotel] Lobby; Pacific Avenue, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #635-47-25
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0004 Pacific Avenue; Rittenhouse Building; Lilly Marlene's, October 23, 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-A-15
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0005 The Hihn Building (Medical and Dental Building) built in 1894, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-B-2
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0006 Al Lowry's Studio; Sharon Lowry surveying the damage, October 18, 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #640-B-3
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0007 Pacific Avenue after 1989 'Quake; Disaster teams from all over the world October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-B-11
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0008 314 Spruce, Santa Cruz, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #639-6-23
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0009 Cooper House gable, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-B-31
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0010 Cooper House; Water spray holds dust down; after the 'quake, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-C-29
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0011 Files retrieved from front of Hihn Building; Claw retrieved these, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-E-3
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0012 St. George Hotel on right; Demolition of hardware store, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-E-10
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0013 Rubble from Ford's Department Store in front, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-F-22
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0014 Ford's Department Store rubble, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-F-34
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0015 Pacific Avenue; Del Mar Theater, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-G-9
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0016 Dr. Zwerling's Office; Demolition photo, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-E-13
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0017 Colonial Building on right; Good Times [building] next to it; Pacific Avenue, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-G-15
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0018 Gensler Lee (far right); Pipeline (middle); Logos Books, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-6-25
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0019 River Street Home, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-H-6
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0020 Shandrydan and Shen's Gallery were here, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-J-2
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0021 Looking down Pacific Avenue; Across from Bubble Bakery was Penniman Title, Zwerling's, Santa Cruz Hardware, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-J-4
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0022 Looking down Church Street toward Pacific [Avenue]; Demolition going on, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #636-J-7
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0023 131 Myrtle Street, October 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #639-4-17
Box 1

ms0188_pho_0024 130 Myrtle Street, [Santa Cruz]; Home exploded after the quake on October 17, 1989

Scope and Content Note

File #639-10-1
Box 2

ms0188_pho_0025 Sculpture, University of California, Santa Cruz 1989

Scope and Content Note

Note on mount: "Neg #619-C-35 Date: 1989, Print #1 Date: 1997"
Box 2

ms0188_pho_0026 Cowell College, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1971 1971

Scope and Content Note

Note on mount: "File #392-C-18, Silverprint 1994"
Box 2

ms0188_pho_0027  Natural Sciences Building (Now Thimann Labs) University of California, Santa Cruz 1965

Scope and Content Note

Note on mount: "Neg #212-23 - date 1965, Print #1 - date 1997"
Box 2

ms0188_pho_0028  Ansel Adams with Students Santa Cruz, CA, 1967 1967

Scope and Content Note

Note on mount: "File #249-D-17, Copyright Alexander Lowry, 1967, Silver-gelatin print, 1980s"
Box 2

ms0188_pho_0029  Rugby Match 1984

Scope and Content Note

Note on mount: "File #532-G-18, Rugby Match, Santa Cruz, CA, 1984, Silver-gelatin print, late 1980s"
Box 2

ms0188_pho_0030  Garden Project UC Santa Cruz 1971

Scope and Content Note

Note on mount: "Neg #342-A-6, date 1971, Print #1, date 1997"