Gainesville (Ga.) tornado damage postcards
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Gainesville (Ga.) tornado damage postcards

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Gainesville (Ga.) tornado damage postcards
Dates: 1936 April 6
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 2637

Biographical/Historical Note

Gainesville, in North Georgia, was established as Mule Camp Springs by settlers in the early 1800s. It is the county seat of Hall County.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains ten 4x5" unaddressed photograph postcards with images of the damage from the tornado that struck Gainesville, Georgia on April 5th and 6th, 1936. The tornado touched down in the center of town, destroying buildings and causing a fire in the collapsed Cooper Pants factory. Children sheltered in a downtown department store died when the building collapsed. Over 200 people died.

Cleanup and rebuilding efforts began immediately. Franklin Delano Roosevelt stopped in Gainesville a few days after the storm and spoke; money from the federal government soon followed in support of the rebuild.

Index Terms

Cooper Pants Factory (Gainesville, Ga.).
Gainesville (Ga.)
Lost architecture--Georgia--Gainesville.
Natural disasters.
Photographic postcards.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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