Scope and Contents
Title: Eureka Valley Promotion Association Records
Date (inclusive): 1926-2008
Collection Identifier: SFH 51
Eureka Valley Promotion Association.
(2.25 cubic ft.)
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in
Abstract: Constitution and bylaws, minutes, committee and treasurer's reports, membership records, financial records, topical files,
clippings, and newsletters of the neighborhood association founded in 1881 for Eureka Valley in San Francisco, also known
as the Castro district. Dates of coverage reflect two accessions, with earlier material spanning the years 1926-1957 and later
material from 1978-2008.
The collection is open for research. Please call the San Francisco History Center for hours and information at 415-557-4567.
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.
[Identification of item], Eureka Valley Promotion Association Records (SFH 51), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco
Materials from 1978-2008 are a gift of Heide Chipp, Oct. 2008.
During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some metal staples
Researchers are encouraged to see also the San Francisco History Center's vertical files under SF Districts. Castro.
Founded in 1881, the Eureka Valley Promotion Association (EVPA) is purportedly the oldest continuously-active neighborhood
association in San Francisco. Its geographical area is defined by Dolores Street on the East, Twin Peaks to the West, 22nd
Street to the South, and Duboce Street to the North. Its members, consisting of merchants, home owners, and residents, advocate
for neighborhood livability and civic betterment by addressing issues such as zoning, transportation, city services, education,
community development, and neighborhood beautification.
Scope and Contents
Constitution and bylaws, minutes, committee and treasurer's reports, membership records, financial records, topical files,
clippings, and newsletters. Dates of coverage reflect two accessions, with earlier material spanning the years 1926-1957 and
later material from 1978-2008. The most thorough coverage is in the minutes from the 1930s and newsletters from 1979-2008,
with additional substantial material on zoning issues from 1978-2003. Topical highlights from the earlier years include the
development of a cross-town divisional highway with a Castro-Divisadero connection; street gradings; establishment and maintenance
of utilities, insurance, police and fire; and social events. Later years reflect the influx of gay residents and the development
of a gay community; the development of the Castro and Upper Market as commercial districts, and the various names and sub-neighborhoods
by which the Eureka Valley as a geographical entity is recognized, such as the Castro, Upper Market, and Twin Peaks. Businesses,
transportation lines, social issues, street parades, parks, housing and homelessness, political candidates, and other topics
are well represented.
The collection is arranged in three series: Series 1: Administrative Files; Series 2: Subject Files; and Series 3: Clippings
and Newsletters. Subject files have been created by the archivist, as materials were received in folders whose labels only
partially reflected the items inside.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Eureka Valley Promotion Association. -- Archives
Castro (San Francisco, Calif.)
Citizens' Associations--California--San Francisco