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Guide to the The San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper photograph archive and newsclipping files, ca. 1915-September, 1965
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The San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper photograph archive consists of the twentieth century photographic files of The News-Call Bulletin (1959-1965) and its predecessors publications; The Call (ca. 1915-1929) and The Call Bulletin (1929-1959). The bulk of the collection as it exists today is divided between The Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley, and the History Room of the San Francisco Public Library. Additional dispersals of photographic prints and newsclippings relating to shipping and the US Navy have also been made, resulting in related holdings at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, the San Francisco Maritime Museum Association, and the Treasure Island Museum of the US Navy. Virtually all photographic negative files and a relatively small series of photographic prints are held by The Bancroft Library, and the majority of photographic print files are held by the San Francisco Public Library. The newsclipping files maintained by the newspaper are also held by the San Francisco Public library. Maritime-related clippings files were given to the J. Porter Shaw Library of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
The San Francisco News-Call Bulletin was the final incarnation of several newspapers with a long history in the city of San Francisco. Formed in August 1959 by the merging of The San Francisco News and The Call Bulletin, the paper was also the descendant of The Call, The Bulletin, The San Francisco Journal and The San Francisco Post. Under these various titles, the newspaper's history dates back to the earliest years of the city of San Francisco. The photographic and newsclipping files that make up the present archive, however, date to the second decade of the twentieth century (ca. 1915), therefore this later period is most important for an understanding of the collection.
ca. 365,000 negatives, ca. 1.2 million photographic prints, and ca. 4.5 million newsclippings.
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