As reported in the July/August 2004 SRI, the Seismological Society ofAmerica will be celebrating its centennial in 2006, the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

The events of 18 April 1906 were not lost on the scientific community of then. From our SSA archives, we have found a first document, a simple typewritten letter from A. F. McAdie sent to a group of now well known scientists, that alludes to the need, among other things, for a scientific society and a research journal to study such seismic disasters. The letter begins auspiciously:

Can you attend a...

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