Scope and Contents Note
Title: San Francisco Subjects Photography collection,
Date (inclusive): 1850s-1980s
Date (bulk): (bulk 1870s-1970s)
Collection number: PC-SF: Box [number]
105 boxes, 28 oversize boxes
(ca. 26,500 items)
California Historical Society, North Baker Library
San Francisco, California 94105-4014
Abstract: Contains photographs and picture postcards depicting scenes of San Francisco places, people and events from the 1850 to the
Physical location: Please consult repository.
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the
California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
San Francisco Subjects Photography collection, PC-SF: Box [number], California Historical Society, Photography Collection.
Scope and Contents Note
Contains photographs and picture postcards depicting scenes of San Francisco places, people and events. Each listing represents
a file containing from one to more than fifty images. Some files may also include a small number of non-photographic reproductions
Includes images of places listed by category (parks, beaches, cemeteries, islands, etc.), types of establishments (banks,
churches, hotels, saloons, etc.), specific buildings and structures (City Hall, Holmes Book Store, Jewish Home for the Aged,
Golden Gate Bridge, etc.), as well as districts and neighborhoods (Mission District, Chinatown, North Beach). Views of San
Francisco homes and street scenes are found under the headings for architecture-- domestic, and transportation. Also includes
images depicting members of organizations (Bohemian Club, San Francisco Bicycle Club, Swedish Athletic Club, etc.) and social
groups (Chinese, Italians, etc.), as well as general categories of people by occupation (butchers, labor, newsboys, police).
Also includes photographs of events such as expositions and fairs, including the Panama Pacific International Exposition,
holidays, parades, strikes, and the earthquake (1906). Images included here complement those found under the named streets
and general views files in the San Francisco Streets Photography Collection.
Organized alphabetically by subject.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915: San Francisco, Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works.
San Francisco (Calif.)--History--Pictorial works.
San Francisco (Calif.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.
Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.)--Pictorial works.
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)--Pictorial works.
Architecture, Domestic--California--San Francisco--Pictorial works.
Business districts--California--San Francisco--Pictorial works.
Church buildings--California--San Francisco--Photographs.
Earthquakes--California--San Francisco--Pictorial works.
San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906--Pictorial works.
Genres and Forms of Material
Photographic prints--California--San Francisco.
Photographic postcards-California--San Francisco.