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Finding Aid to the San Francisco Biography Collection SF BIO COLL
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Related Collections
  • Preferred Citation
  • Additions to the Collection
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Indexing Terms

  • Title: San Francisco biography collection
    Date (inclusive): 1850-present
    Collection Identifier: SF BIO COLL
    Extent: 45.0 Linear feet (27 file drawers)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    415-557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite; some materials require retrieval from separate storage.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: Consists of a wide variety of materials relating to people widely known and relatively unknown in San Francisco, the greater Bay Area, and California. Includes materials pertaining to: prominent historical San Franciscans such as past mayors, railroad and mining barons and their heirs, early explorers and Gold Rush and Victorian era figures; police and fire chiefs; local and state politicians and judges; architects, especially Victorian era and practioners of the Bay Region style; bishops and pastors; labor leaders; Olympic Club members; artists, artisans, poets, writers, and composers; restaurateurs, hoteliers, merchants and other ordinary citizens; unique San Francisco personalities such as Emperor Norton and Mary Ellen Pleasant. Also contains genealogical correspondence between relatives and library employees and volunteers, as well as material originating from outside the region contributed by relatives. The subjects of these inquiries are often pioneers, 49ers, or victims of the 1906 earthquake and fire. The range of ephemera includes: newspaper and magazine clippings, pamphlets, brochures, political mailings and advertisements, biographical sketches, obituaries, court transcripts, certificates, receipts, fliers, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks, drawings, programs and commemorative materials from consecrations, memorials, and other official events. Individual ephemera files can contain a single item or more extensive amounts of material, ranging from photocopies to handwritten documents.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. 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.

    Related Collections

    Related ephemera collections at the San Francisco Public Library include:
    San Francisco Ephemera Collection
    California Ephemera Collection
    Grabhorn Ephemera Collection
    San Francisco Menu Collection

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item/Title of folder], San Francisco Biography Collection, San Francisco Public Library.

    Additions to the Collection

    Additions to the collection are ongoing.

    Processing Information

    Processed by San Francisco History Center staff; additional processing and description by California Ephemera Project staff, funded by a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, in 2009-2010.

    Arrangement

    Collection is arranged alphabetically by last name.

    Scope and Contents

    Consists of a wide variety of materials relating to people widely known and relatively unknown in San Francisco, the greater Bay Area, and California. Includes materials pertaining to: prominent historical San Franciscans such as past mayors, railroad and mining barons and their heirs, early explorers and Gold Rush and Victorian era figures; police and fire chiefs; local and state politicians and judges; architects, especially Victorian era and practioners of the Bay Region style; bishops and pastors; labor leaders; Olympic Club members; artists, artisans, poets, writers, and composers; restaurateurs, hoteliers, merchants and other ordinary citizens; unique San Francisco personalities such as Emperor Norton and Mary Ellen Pleasant. Also contains genealogical correspondence between relatives and library employees and volunteers, as well as material originating from outside the region contributed by relatives. The subjects of these inquiries are often pioneers, 49ers, or victims of the 1906 earthquake and fire.
    The range of ephemera includes: newspaper and magazine clippings, pamphlets, brochures, political mailings and advertisements, biographical sketches, obituaries, court transcripts, certificates, receipts, fliers, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks, drawings, programs and commemorative materials from consecrations, memorials, and other official events.
    Individual ephemera files can contain a single item or more extensive amounts of material, ranging from photocopies to handwritten documents.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California Ephemera Project.
    Advertisements.
    Brochures.
    Certificates
    Clippings.
    Ephemera.
    Exhibition catalogs.
    Obituaries.
    Programs.
    Receipts (financial records).
    Scrapbooks.