This collection documents the two-term
administration of Mayor Joseph L. Alioto during the years of 1968 to 1976, with the bulk of
the collection covering the years 1968 to 1974. The papers provide a broad, policy-level
view of the Alioto years. The collection is rich in housing and redevelopment
Joseph Lawrence Alioto was born February 12, 1916 in San Francisco to Giuseppe and Domenica
Alioto. His father, a Sicilian imimgrant, was a successful San Francisco fish wholesaler.
Alioto graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary's College, Moraga, California, in 1937 where
he was student body president and valedictorian. In 1940, he graduated Catholic University
of America Law School, Washington D.C. He received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from St.
Mary's College, Santa Clara University and Catholic University of America.
37 cubic feet
(36 boxes, 1 map folder, 6 oversized volumes)
Copyright has 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 and the copyright.
Collection is available for research during San Francisco History Center hours. Previously
restricted housing documents in Box 8, Folder 41 and Box 9, Folders 2, 4, and 5, were
released in July of 2021. The names of minors have been redacted in police reports in Box
16, Folders 12 and 32.