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Downtown Association of San Francisco Records
SFH 440  
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Description
The Downtown Association of San Francisco was an organization devoted to the betterment of San Francisco and its Downtown Business District from 1907 to approximately 2004. The collection contains articles of incorporation, correspondence, minutes, membership records, subject files, publications to members, newspaper clippings, original artwork and photographs.
Background
The Downtown Association of San Francisco (DASF) was founded just one year after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire devastated San Francisco. A temporary business district was established on Van Ness Avenue while the city was rebuilt. In 1907 W.D. Fennimore and John Hammersmith established the Downtown Association with the purpose of rebuilding and improving the downtown corridor and to bring business back to downtown from Van Ness Avenue where they feared it would stay. Once downtown was reestablished as the city’s commercial center, the association shifted its mission to improving the downtown triangle and eventually broadening its influence to include the entire city of San Francisco and adopting the motto “For the Good of the City”.
Extent
17 cartons, 8 flat boxes, 3 bully boxes. (28 Cubic Feet)
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.