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1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Collection

The collection includes personal accounts of Bay Area residents during and after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, along with original and photocopied ephemera. It also includes newspaper articles from the days and months following the earthquake.

Abstract of title & certificate of search to Portion of Block 84 Horner's Addition

Title abstract to a parcel in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Abstract of title and certificate of search as to … portion of 50 Vara lot No. 3 of Block 212, Western Addition

Title abstract for a property on the northeast corner of Laguna and Haight Streets, San Francisco

Abstract of title and certificate of search for… a subdivision of Block number 61 in the Mission Addition

Title abstract for lot on south-west corner of 18th and Howard Streets, San Francisco

Abstract of title and list of incumbrances on 50 Vara lot 810 in the City and County of San Francisco, State of California

Abstract of title to lot on southwesterly corner of Vallejo and Taylor Streets, San Francisco

Abstract of title for that piece or parcel of land situate in the City and County of San Francisco [Kane Title]

Title abstract for several pieces of land near Mountain Lake, San Francisco

Abstract of title to all that lot of land situated in the City … being part of 50 vara Lot 2 in Block No. 118, Western Addition

Title abstract for lot on north side of Vallejo Street between Gough and Franklin Streets, San Francisco

Abstract of title to all that lot of land situated in the City … part of 50 vara Lot No. 1267

Title abstract for lot on Hyde Street between Geary and Post streets, San Francisco

Ackerman, Charles L. family papers

Ackerman family papers include personal correspondence of Carrie Meyer Ackerman, her sister Henriette Meyer Davis, her husband Charles L. Ackerman, and brother-in-law Sigmund L. Ackerman. The bulk of the letters are addressed to Carrie's son, Irving C. Ackerman. Carrie's letters...

Agnos (Art) papers

This collection documents the political career of Art Agnos, who represented the 16th district in the California Assembly from 1976 to 1988 and was mayor of San Francisco from 1988-1992.

Alcatraz Indian Occupation Records

Correspondence, minutes, legal files, promotional materials, publications, petitions, and a few objects and photographs documenting the activities of Indians of All Tribes, its governing council, and individuals involved in the occupation of Alcatraz from Nov. 1969 - June 1971.

Alfafara (Celestino Tagimacruz) Papers SFH 557

Celestino T. Alfafara (1897-1990) was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1929. He is possibly best known for the Alfafara v. Fross case. Mr. Alfafara was denied a land purchase based on the argument that...

Alien Enemy Registration Affidavits, 1918

Affidavits for San Francisco residents, labeled Registration Affidavit of Alien Enemy [male] and Registration Affidavit of Alien Female, arranged alphabetically by surname. Summary sheets of registration affidavits collected by each police district, arranged by district and then alphabetically by surname.

Alioto (Joseph L.) Papers

This collection documents the two-term administration of Mayor Joseph L. Alioto during the years of 1967 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...

Allen (Harris S.) Ina D. Coolbrith collection

Press clippings, one photograph, and two letters to Harris S. Allen

Anderson (John Hawkins) papers,

Contains Anderson's files, mainly as a consultant to the City of San Francisco, on the reuse of the Hunters Point Shipyard which the Navy had deactivated.

Antelope (steamship) receipt book

Receipt book for steamer Antelope

Anthony (T.J.) Papers

Contains personal papers of T.J. Anthony, a gay activist who worked on social justice issues and shaped much of San Francisco's political agenda of the 1990s.

April (Wayne) Portrait Photograph Collection

An artificial collection of over 500 late 19th - early 20th century original portrait photographs by San Francisco studios and photographers collected by private collector Wayne April. Formats include cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, tintype, mounted twentieth century prints, and photo postcards.

Assessor’s block books of San Francisco

Block books owned by a San Francisco realtor.

Austin (Benjamin F.) Gold Rush correspondence

Letters from a San Francisco mariner to his sister in New London, Connecticut.

Aviles (Mauricio) Papers on Carnaval San Francisco

Mauricio Aviles, a longtime resident of the Mission district, produced the first dance event in association with Carnaval SF in 1981. In 1982, Mauricio took on the role of Media Coordinator of Carnaval SF, and continued to produce entertainment events...

Baffico (Paul) Rebuilding the San Francisco Cable Car Line Color Slide Collection

The Paul Baffico Rebuilding the San Francisco Cable Car Line Color Slide Collection contains 3,324 color slides documenting the repair and rebuilding of San Francisco’s cable car system during the period of October 12, 1982 to June 18, 1984, taken...

Baldwin & Howell records

This collection documents the business dealings of Baldwin & Howell--a firm which specialized in realty, insurance, property management, leasing, loans, insurance, and appraisal. The records in the collection span the years between 1891 to 1974, but the bulk of the...

Bay Area Radical Teachers' Organizing Collective Records

The Bay Area Radical Teachers’ Organizing Collective (BARTOC) was a small collective of Bay Area teachers, active from October 1969-1974, committed to providing alternatives to the conventional curriculum of the time. The collection contains correspondence, a written history of BARTOC,...

Beggs (Larry) Papers on Huckleberry House

The collection consists of correspondence and other personal papers, clippings, ephemera, reports, publications, audiorecordings, posters, and photographs of and about Huckleberry's for Runaways, later known as Huckleberry House, the nation's first runaway shelter for adolescents ages 12-18, founded and co-directed...

Bertelsen (Emil T.) family papers

Papers of Emil T. Bertelsen, his wife Florence Volz, her second husband Louis Grundwick, and Florence’s son-in-law Albert A. Baker, Jr.

Bishop (Mrs. James Hall) scrapbook

Scrapbook documenting San Francisco woman’s World War II sales of defense savings stamps

Blanding (William) letter: San Francisco, California, to Collector of the Port,

Letter from U.S. District Attorney to the Collector of the Port of San Francisco.

Bohemian Grove Photographs

This artificial collection consists of 397 photographic prints of Bohemian Grove (Sonoma County, Calif.) activities from 1890 to 1950. The Bohemian Grove is a secret society annual gathering place in the redwoods in Northern California for members of the Bohemian...

Bolton (Charles) Papers on Community Organizing

Charles Bolton was a community organizer active in the Mission District and Bernal Heights in San Francisco. He worked with the Mission Coalition Organization, a community action group that advocated for the residents of the mission district, and the Model...

Born (Chester (Chet)) Papers

Chester (Chet) O. Born's papers document his professional and public life from the 1940s until his death in 1973, tracing the trajectory of his career as a San Francisco Fire Department photographer; as well as his public life as a...

Brady (Ed) Aero Photographers, Inc. San Francisco Aerial Photograph Collection

The collection consists of approximately 2,000 black and white photographic prints and 4,000 negatives of aerial photography of San Francisco, California from the late 1950s to 1988 taken by Ed Brady and Jack Van Wart of Aero Photographers, Inc. (API)....

Brower (Robert W.) Old Poodle Dog Restaurant Collection

Contains menus, wine labels, and postcards of the Poodle Dog, Old Poodle Dog and Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog restaurants.

Brown, Jr. (Willie L.) Papers

This collection documents the mayoral career of Willie L. Brown, Jr., who was mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004. Included are bill files, subject files, correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Brownie Mary Collection,

Contains news clippings, flyers, and brochures about Rathbun, the cannabis brownies she served to people with AIDS and other serious illnesses, and the medical marijuana legalization movement; awards, some photographs, and items including her signature vest.

Bunyan (Matthew C.) Photograph Album of the Construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

The bound volume contains 52 gelatin silver photographic prints taken by Matthew C. Bunyan which document the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California, 1935 – 1936.

Bush (Larry) Papers

Contains paper records documenting Larry Bush's work as a journalist and ethics watchdog, mainly following his time as an aide to former Assemblyman and former Mayor Art Agnos.

Cabinet Card (San Francisco) Collection

The artificial collection consists of over 450 portrait cabinet cards by San Francisco, California photographers and photo studios collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The cabinet cards range in date from the 1880s – early...

Caen (Herb) 'Faded Summer Love' typescript

Typescript of a daily newspaper column giving impressions of Lake Tahoe.

Cahill (Thomas J.) Papers

Cahill's papers document his professional and public life from the 1940s-until his death in 2001, tracing the trajectory of his career as a San Francisco Police Department officer, homicide inspector, deputy chief of police, and chief of police; as well...

California Camera Club Lantern Slide Collection of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition

The collection of 124 lantern slides was created by members of San Francisco’s California Camera Club. The lantern slides document the buildings of the Panama Pacific International Exposition. The majority of the shots are exteriors of the Fair buildings including...

California Camera Company daybook

Daybook of sales of cameras, chemicals, photographic prints, negatives and equipment

California Midwinter International Exposition and California Photograph Album

The buckskin bound photograph album contains 27 photographic prints documenting the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California as well as other significant locations in California.

California Photograph Collection

The artificial collection contains over 48,440 photographic prints of California (excluding San Francisco) places, activities and cultural resources collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library compiled from selections from the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue...

California Pictorial Lettersheet Collection

Collection contains 48 pictorial lettersheets from 1849 to 1875. Pictorial lettersheets are writing paper illustrated with lithographs or wood engravings depicting San Francisco and California mining themes and are a visual account of the Gold Rush. Topics and scenes include...

Carte-de-Visite (San Francisco) Collection

The artificial collection contains approximately 140 cartes-de-visite taken by over 30 known San Francisco, California photographers/photography studios working mostly in the 1860s and 1870s and collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Cavagnaro (Victoria L.) journal

Journal of a New Yorker who travelled around the United States and spent three weeks in San Francisco

Christopher (George) Papers

The collection documents the two-term administration of San Francisco Mayor George Christopher during the years 1956 to 1964, and to a lesser extent his early years as a Supervisor and his post-mayoral years. Materials include memoranda, reports, correspondence, photographs, films,...

City and County of San Francisco Sheriff's Department Records

Founded in 1850, the City and County of San Francisco Sheriff Department's (SFSD) primary function is to operate the system of county jails. The SFSD also provides security and law enforcement in several locations in the city. From 1850-1890 the...

City Guard, Company B, First Regiment of Infantry, Second Brigade, National Guard of California Records

Minute books, membership rolls, account books, correspondence, printed material and ephemera for this state militia unit.

City of Paris Records

The City of Paris was a San Francisco department store owned and operated by the Verdier family from 1850-1972.

Clifford (George) letter book

Letter book kept by a San Francisco commission merchant who sold goods shipped from Jakarta.

Clift (Amos) papers

Papers of a Farallon Islands lighthouse keeper and former Sacramento commission merchant

Colvin (Marjorie) San Francisco Bay Area Antiwar Papers, 1965-1971

Newsletters, fliers, magazines, correspondence, ephemera, and snapshot photographs documenting the anti-Vietnam War movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. The papers appear to be those of Marjorie Colvin, an antiwar activist who edited the Vietnam Day Committee's magazine (1965) and...

Communities of the Outer Mission Organization Records

Documents the organization's incorporation and activities including meetings and neighborhood actions, and publication of the through staff reports, agendas, petitions and flyers, communications with city officials, and photographs.

Cook (Doris) Federal Theatre at Golden Gate International Exposition Collection

Papers from Doris Cook's tenure with the Works Progress Administration's (WPA) Federal Theatre on Treasure Island, where she served as Assistant Director of Information from Jan. 20-July 14, 1939. Types of material include reports, production calendars, programs, research notes, clippings,...

Dana (William A.) correspondence, San Francisco

Letters sent between the Dana brothers, San Francisco commission merchants

Davis Jerry

Contains Davis' files, mainly as staff attorney for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC), on the Family Policy Task Force and AIDS.

Deaf AIDS Center Collection

The Deaf AIDS Center Collection documents the educational and social activities of the Center through photographs, flyers, and ephemera.

Decree of Settlement of Final Account and of Final Distribution in the matter of the estate of Kate D. McLaughlin, deceased

Distribution of the estate of Kate D. McLaughlin, widow of Charles McLaughlin, railroad contractor.

Deutch (Carol) Papers on Carnaval San Francisco

The Carnaval Committee first met in March 1979. There were six original members: Adela Chu (dancer/teacher), Marcus Gordon (master percussionist/music director), Pam Minor (Costume Bank), Sir Lawrence Washington (conceptual artist), Lou DeMatteis (photographer) and Carole Deutch. They named the event...

Dobay (Norma Garrigues) Family Photograph Collection

Photograph collection depicting family life of French Americans in San Francisco, primarily during the first half of the 20th century. Photos depict friends and family at home, on vacation and playing sports, and in relation to French laundries. Collection contains...

Donnell (Charles C.) correspondence, Sacramento, California

Five letters to family in Newburyport, Massachusetts from a Sacramento drayman.

Downtown Association of San Francisco Records

The Downtown Association of San Francisco was an organization devoted to the betterment of San Francisco and its Downtown Business District from 1907 to approximately 2004. The collection contains articles of incorporation, correspondence, minutes, membership records, subject files, publications to...

Downtown Peace Coalition Records

The Downtown Peace Coalition (DPC) was a San Francisco organization active from 1969-1972. The collection consists of correspondence, agendas, leaflets, flyers, financial statements, newspapers, and ephemera advocating for the end of the Vietnam War, the use of nuclear power, San...

Durden (Robert) Color Slide Collection

Collection consists of over 65,000 35mm color slides documenting San Francisco buildings, events and locations between 1950 and early 1990s. The bulk of the collection is from the 1980s to the early 1990s and documents the architectural features of San...

Edgewood Records

Annual reports, board minutes, admission and discharge records, indenture and adoption files, correspondence, administrative and financial records, property and maintenance records, and photographs of children, staff, buildings, activities, and events for the San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum, which became Edgewood....

Emporium Company Records

The Emporium was a San Francisco department store that operated from 1872-1995. Originally opened as the "Davis Brothers Golden Rule Bazaar" in 1872 it was renamed the Emporium in 1896 when it merged with its namesake. The company was eventually...

Eureka Valley Promotion Association Records

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...

Family Service Agency of San Francisco Records

Admission and discharge ledgers for babies and children, minutes, miscellaneous correspondence and administrative records, program publications and ephemera, scrapbooks, building plans, and a small amount of photographs documenting the activities of the Family Service Agency of San Francisco from before...

Farrell (Robert C. (Nappy Chin)) Photograph Collection

The photograph collection of 21 prints (18 black and white and 3 color digital prints) document neighborhood events and activities on 6th Street between Market and Howard in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco between 2000 and 2004.

Fay (Agnes) Photograph Album

Bound volume of gelatin silver prints and photo postcards documenting the professional and personal life of Agnes Fay between 1914 and 1943. A portion of the album documents the French Hospital, where Fay worked as a registered nurse during the...

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company Records

In 1863 William Holdredge created the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. His company established a fireman’s retirement fund with financing coming from 10% of his company’s annual net profit. This simultaneously reassured his customers that they were safe from fire and...

Frediani (Edwin A.) Collection

This collection documents activities of Edwin A. Frediani, including Redwood Empire Association publicity, and the founding of the San Francisco City College Alumni Association.

Fremont (John C.) correspondence with Trenor W. Park

Fremont's letters to Park, manager of the Mariposa estate, sent from Bear Valley and San Francisco

Giddings (Harold (Bill)) Bradley's Corner Bar Photograph Collection

The collection documents gay bar culture of Bradley’s Corner Bar with 370 color prints of mostly men and some lesbian women. Bradley’s Corner Bar, 1949 – 1987, was a neighborhood tavern located at 900 Cole Street in San Francisco. In...

Girvin (Hal) scrapbook

Scrapbook compiled by a San Francisco Bay Area dance band leader.

Glen Park: Baldwin Plan for Parking map

Printed map of Glen Park zoo and playground, with later annotations

Gonong (Maxine) Papers

Correspondence, documents, photographs, speech notes, newspaper columns, research notes and clippings, and other materials relating to Gonong's roles as a foreign service officer in the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, as a public speaker in that capacity along the...

Gordon (James E.) Color Slide Collection of San Francisco Murals

This collection contains 465 color slides which document murals, primarily in San Francisco between 1976 and 1984. Collection contains significant documentation of murals at North Beach Place public housing and the O’Farrell Theater as well as many neighborhoods throughout San...

Graham (John Gerrard) Photograph Collection

The John Gerrard Graham Photograph Collection includes over 7,700 photographs and 4,730 negatives from the collection of San Francisco transit historian John Gerrard Graham (1917–1995). The collection consists of two groups of images: original photographs and negatives photographed by Graham...

Green Street Theater Records

The Green Street Theater (631 Green Street) was originally a live theater and then cinema before going dark. The theater was razed in 1955 to make room for a parking lot. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, a scrapbook,...

Halsted N. Gray–Carew & English Funeral Home Records

Funeral records, daybooks, and death and burial registers for seven funeral homes, mostly based in San Francisco--with the exception of Clark and Booth in Sacramento, as well as a few records from Burlingame and Stockton--acquired over time by the present-day...

Hanks, (V.M.), Jr. Photograph Collection

The V. M. Hanks Jr. Photograph Collection contains photographs and papers created by professional San Francisco photographer V. M. Hanks Jr from the 1940s until the late 1980s. The photographs include both negatives and photographic prints created by Hanks beginning...

Healy (George M.) Papers

Photographs, scrapbooks, and a small amount of personal papers (police-related correspondence, ephemera, periodicals, and a few loose newsclippings) documenting Healy's SFPD career, from patrolman to Acting Chief of Police; and, to a lesser extent, his personal life. The collection reflects...

Higgins (Adah Lowe) papers

Account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire

Hippies Collection

Correspondence, newspapers, little magazines, poetry, monographs, and ephemera documenting the counterculture movement of the mid 1960s in San Francisco, the "Summer of Love" of 1967, and to a lesser degree, local anti-war, racial equality, and New Age movements into the...

Holdredge (Helen) Collection

The collection contains research materials and draft manuscripts for Holdredge's books on Mary Ellen Pleasant, Thomas and Teresa Bell, Lola Montez, Isaiah W. Lees, and Lillie Hitchcock Coit. It also includes some correspondence about her research and speaking engagements, as...

Humboldt Bank Ledgers

The Humboldt Bank, was organized in 1869. The collection consists of three ledgers, two signature books (1883-1902) and one deposit book (1869-1872).

I. Magnin & Co. Records

Photographs, videos, printed materials, papers, and a small amount of audio and film documenting the San Francisco-based department store, from its early days as a local shop through its expansion into a regional and then a national chain via mergers...

Indenture, Charles H. Sherman to George F. Bunker, San Francisco,

Deed for property on De Boom Street near Second Street, San Francisco

Indenture, Cosmas Damm to Jacob Breiling, San Francisco

Deed for lot on Bush Street between Webster and Fillmore streets, San Francisco

Indivisible Project / CHALK Collection

Photographs; slides; and interview audiorecordings, transcripts, and logs documenting the Indivisible project conducted in San Francisco with the youth organization CHALK, featuring its Youthline telephone hotline program. Included with the San Francisco materials are postcards, a CD-ROM, a book, and...

John McLaren Society Hagiwara Memorial Fund correspondence

Correspondence related to honoring the Makoto Hagiwara family with a monument and luncheon.

Johns (Nellie E.) sketch book

Sketch book kept by a student of the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, San Francisco.

Jordan (Frank (Francis) M.) Papers

This collection documents the mayoral career of Frank Jordan who served as the 40th Mayor of San Francisco, from 1992 to 1996.

Justet (Stephen) letter, San Francisco

Letter from a San Francisco deaf-mute to unknown recipient, seeking a position.

Kellam (Frederick) Papers

Frederick Kellam served as secretary for the Royal Insurance Company during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. He rose through their ranks until he retired in 1929 as General Manager of North American operations. The Royal Insurance Company played a critical...

Kellogg (Sheldon I.) Jr. shooting contest scrapbook

Scrapbook compiled by a champion pistol shot, documenting shooting matches in Northern California

King (Lillie Mae Ransom) Photographs and Papers

The Lillie Mae King (Ransom) collection is comprised of photographs and ephemera documenting the Ransom family as well as documentation from her tenure as Secretary of the Western Addition Community Organization (WACO). Types of material include family photos, religious and...

Klussmann (Friedel) San Francisco Beautiful Records

The Friedel Klussmann San Francisco Beautiful Records contain documents related to the activities of San Francisco Beautiful between 1955 and 1992. The material was collected by Klussmann in her role as president and retained by San Francisco Beautiful after her...

Koenig (Louise H. "Ila") 1906 Earthquake Collection

Contains 1906 earthquake photographs, mostly taken by Arno Richter, and a letter of earthquake recollections written by Ila Koenig who was an earthquake survivor.

Kularts Records

Kularts has produced contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States since 1985. The collection contains a five year plan (1985-2000), production notes, educational program files including children's work, meeting agendas, letters of recommendation, some correspondence, brochures, posters, photos,...

Ladies' Silk-Culture Society of California ledger

Income and disbursements for a silk culture promotional organization

Lantern Slide (San Francisco) Collection

This artificial collection consists of 726 lantern slides documenting significant San Francisco events including the Midwinter Fair of 1894, the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, and Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. There are an extensive amount of exterior shots of San...

Lasar (Matthew) Papers on KPFA and Pacifica Foundation

The Matthew Lasar Papers on KPFA and Pacifica Foundation contain the research materials used for Lasar's books (1999) and (2006). Pacifica Foundation is an American non-profit organization which owns five independently operated, non-commercial, listener-supported radio stations known for their progressive/liberal...

Lederer (Tom) ‘Huckleberry’ (musical) collection

San Francisco high school musical program, accompanied by press clippings about this controversial production.

Luther Burbank Middle School Records

This collection contains library training materials, a few student publications, a school History Book (scrapbook), PTA History Books, and photographs.

Lynch (T. A.) account book

Accounts of an early San Francisco notary public.

Mann, Jr. (Ray M.) Color Slides of Golden Gate International Exposition

Collection of 74 color slides from the early 1940s, San Francisco. The majority of the collection are 62 color slides that document the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Marks (Milton) AIDS files

Milton Marks' files on the AIDS epidemic, accumulated during his tenure as California State Senator from San Francisco, including correspondence, newsletters, clippings, brochures, fliers, reports, workshop materials, minutes, press releases, briefings, project proposals, strategic plans, legislative drafts, and other publications...

Mastropasqua (Louis “Luigi” A.) Photograph Album

The photograph album contains 93 photographic prints taken between 1926 and 1928 presumably by Louis “Luigi” A. Mastropasqua, a San Francisco architect and illustrator. The album primarily consists of scenic views and street scenes of many San Francisco neighborhoods, including...

Mattson (Phyllis Helene) Correspondence

Phyllis Helene Mattson was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929 to Jewish parents of Polish citizenship. In the early phase of the Holocaust her parents, fearing for her life, sent her to live in San Francisco with a distant relative....

McLaren (John) Collection

Diaries, daybooks, writings, correspondence, newsclippings, scrapbooks, photographs, books, and artifacts created and/or collected by McLaren and his granddaughter, Martha "Matie" McLaren Daniels. The collection documents McLaren's gardening, landscape design, and landscape architecture work for private estates; his travels within the...

Mersereau (Wallace D.) San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District Real Estate Records

Mainly reports published by BART or its consultants, documenting land acquisition as well as initial construction and operation.

Minnich (S. A.) Photograph Album

The leather bound album contains 148 gelatin silver prints documenting the aftermath and reconstruction from the San Francisco 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The photographs are not arranged chronologically but date between May 1906 and May 1907.

Miraloma Park Improvement Club Records

Contains the organization's articles of incorporation and by-laws, minutes, correspondence, subject files and newsletters.

Mizpah Club Records

The Mizpah Club was a small San Francisco women's group dedicated to helping the poor and needy of the city. The club's main activity consisted of a group sewing circle and pledging small amounts of cash donations to emergency aid...

Monteroso (Ray) Polytechnic High School Football Collection

Contains souvenir programs, photographs, and VHS videotapes of football games; plus sports uniforms, photographs of Hall of Fame honorees, and some school commencement programs.

Morcombe (Mrs.Joseph (Elizabeth), San Francisco, Second District, California Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA) Records

The Mrs. Joseph (Elizabeth) Morcombe San Francisco, Second District, California Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA) Records contain documents pertaining to the activities of the San Francisco PTA in the years 1895 to 1937. The records were maintained by Elizabeth...

Morrison (Jack) Papers

Memoranda, notes, reports, resolutions, correspondence, and newspaper clippings documenting Morrison's service as a San Francisco Supervisor, particularly during his second term from 1966-1969. Includes some post-supervisorial, civic and consultant business activities.

Nelson (Sonny) Papers

Newspaper clippings, photos, magazines, writings, correspondence, ephemera, and audio recordings documenting the work and interests of jazz musician and night club owner Sonny Nelson. Much of the collection is about the San Francisco North Beach night club the Cellar (aka...

Newsom (Gavin Christopher) Papers

This collection documents the mayoral career of Gavin Newsom, who served as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco, from Jan. 8, 2004 to Jan. 11, 2011.

Noe Valley Community Archives Records

The Noe Valley Community Archives was started in 1979 but became inactive shortly afterwards because of lack of members. The group restarted in 1988 with its first meeting at the Noe Valley branch library. Paul Kantus served as president.

O'Donnell (Arthur) Bound to Fall Books and Images Collection

Books and digital images of changing San Francisco built environment.

Open Forum: A School of Collective Learning Records

Open Forum was a collective learning project based on the philosophy that an informed community is best able to guide its own future. The hierarchical academic tradition of teacher and students was replaced with a collective discussion group model applied...

Parkside Tennis Club scrapbook

Scrapbook of clippings and photographs relating to Parkside Tennis Club's activities.

People vs. Owen Bathhouse Closure Litigation Records

Court documents and other records related to the case People of the State of California, ex rel. George Agnost, et al. vs. Ima Jean Owen, et al. (Superior Court No. 830-321), aka People vs. Owen, filed October 10, 1984, by...

Phelan (James Duval) Papers

Miscellaneous collection of correspondence, ephemera, poetry, with small amounts of clippings, personal and business documents, speech notes, and a photographic montage of Villa Montalvo. Most of the collection spans Phelan's terms as Mayor and Senator, including the years in between.

Photo Postcard (California) Collection

The artificial collection contains over 800 photo postcards of California (excluding San Francisco) collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The postcards range in date from the early 1900s to 1950s. Collection includes over 100 photo...

Photo Postcard (San Francisco) Collection

The artificial collection contains over 1,100 photo postcards of San Francisco, California collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The postcards range in date from the early 1900s to 1970s. Events depicted on the postcards include...

Pierce Family Letters to William Pierce

Letters to a San Francisco tinsmith from his family in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Poly Alumni Association Records

Oral history interview transcripts and recordings of former students and teachers at Polytechnic High School in San Francisco, together with a few videocassettes, research notes, and ephemera about the school, collected by Dolores M. Robinson, historian for the Poly Alumni...

Postcard (San Francisco) Collection

The artificial collection contains over 5,000 photomechanical postcards of San Francisco, California collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The postcards range in date from the turn of the 20th century to 1990s. Events depicted on...

Potrero Women's Club Records

These records document the history of the Potrero Women's Club from its inception in 1908 to 2011. Included are constitutions and bylaws, meeting minutes, membership and financial records, certificates, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, a scrapbook, and other club records documenting...

Powk (Johnathan) Papers on Carnaval San Francisco

From 1972-1977, Johnathan Powk was an art director for San Francisco PBS station KQED. From 1977-1978 he made his first trip to South America, which resulted in a long term relationship with Brazil and the first of many Canavals in...

Radin (Paul) Papers

Chiefly surveys from Radin's supervision of over 200 workers who interviewed ethnic groups in the San Francisco Bay Area for the State Emergency Relief Administration of California (SERA) over a period of nine months in 1934-1935. Known as SERA project...

Regional Service Committee Records

The collection contains material on the activities of the Regional Service Committee of San Francisco, which was established in 1939 in response to the anti-San Francisco attitude of many California and Oregon counties. The Commitee's function was to promote San...

Risdon Brothers Builders Records

The Risdon Brothers Builders built homes in San Francisco between 1925-1940, primarily in the Marina and Sunset districts. The collection contains blueprints, building plans, building specifications, records of building, photos, and newspaper articles relating to the homes they constructed. It...

Robinson (Elmer E.) Papers

Reports, mayoral and campaign speeches, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and historical documents documenting Robinson's mayoralty, which was noted for its many building programs, including the start of redevelopment. The papers provide a snapshot of post-World War II activities and changes undertaken...

Rolph (James, Jr.) Papers

The collection includes diaries of Rolph's daily mayoral activities in 1917 and 1927, some correspondence, and campaign documents.

Royal Indemnity Company records of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire

Records from three insurance companies--London & Liverpool & Globe, Royal, and Queen Insurance Companies-- that did business during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and eventually merged. Includes operational documents; technical, scientific, financial, and personal reports about the disaster;...

San Francisco and California Scrapbooks Collection

Scrapbooks compiled by various known and unknown creators that document San Francisco and California institutions, individuals, public affairs and events, organizations, personal occasions and histories, and other topics.

San Francisco Architectural Club Records

Minutes, correspondence, membership and financial records, curricular materials, ephemera, publications, and scrapbooks of the San Francisco Architectural Club; together with notebooks, photographic and diazo prints, drawings, and watercolors of architect and SFAC member Edward L. Frick.

San Francisco Arts Commission Neighborhood Arts Program Records

The San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP) was established and funded by the Arts Commission in July 1967. The NAP shifted the focus of the arts community to neighborhood community centers that reflected the cultural identities of the communities who...

San Francisco Arts Festival Photographs and Records

The San Francisco Arts Festival Photographs and Records consist of photographic prints, slides, negatives, and a small amount of written and ephemeral records documenting the annual festival that was sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission.

San Francisco Assessor's Office Homestead Maps

Assorted plat, survey, cadastral, parcel, real estate, and other maps showing land ownership, boundaries, subdivisions, blocks, streets, lots, tracts, and other legal and/or physical features, filed with the San Francisco City and County Recorder. Most are surveyed, mapped, and/or recorded...

San Francisco Biography Collection 1850-present

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...

San Francisco Charter Commission Records

This collection documents the work of the San Francisco Charter Commission, which met from 1978 to 1980 and put forth a new city charter on the November 4, 1980 ballot. The measure, Proposition A, failed. Materials include charter history, drafts...

San Francisco Citizens Charter Revision Committee Records

This collection documents the work of the San Francisco Citizens Charter Revision Committee, which met from to 1968 to 1972 and submitted Proposition E which failed (on Nov. 4 1969), and Proposition R which passed (on Nov. 2, 1971).

San Francisco Common Cause

Documents the organization's activity, mainly during the administration of Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. (1996-2004).

San Francisco Department of City Planning Records

Contains reports, plans and proposals, and property surveys shaping the physical development of San Francisco in the 20th century. Also includes photographic prints and negatives documenting neighborhoods, streets, and traffic scenes.

San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office records

Records documenting the formation and activity of the AIDS Office, including files of Directors of Public Health, Mervyn Silverman and David Werdegar, prior to the Office's creation in 1985, followed by successive directors of the Office itself; records from four...

San Francisco Department of Public Health Records

Chiefly Board of Health minutes and Emergency Hospital registers, with a small amount of Director's, patient, and financial records. Also included are microfilm copies of surviving pre-1906 death records; the original ledgers are held at the San Francisco Department of...

San Francisco Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering Records

Includes correspondence and project and subject files documenting public infrastructure construction in San Francisco, following the 1906 earthquake and fire.

San Francisco Department of Public Works Proposed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges Records

Materials collected and arranged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works documenting the planning of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Includes newspaper clippings, reports, hearings, correspondence, journals, construction proposals and engineering plans, legislative documents, agreements, applications, contracts, resumes, boring...

San Francisco Department of the Environment Records on the Loma Prieta Earthquake

The Commission on the Environment was created by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1993. The Belongings Return Project of 1989, which coordintated the city's effort to return lost property from earthquake damaged homes to their owners, predates the...

San Francisco District Attorney's Office

Compilations of newspaper clippings related to criminal cases investigated and/or prosecuted by the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and news coverage of the Office itself; together with a set of grand jury transcripts of a 1918 homosexual "vice scandal" on...

San Francisco Ephemera Collection

Consists of ephemeral materials, city records and clippings relating to the city of San Francisco and its citizens. Materials date from the 1850s to the present, the bulk from the 20th century. Subjects cover a diverse array of San Francisco...

San Francisco Folk Music Club Records

The San Francisco Folk Music Club (SFFMC), founded in 1948, is made up of singers, instrumentalists, performers, songwriters, listeners, and dancers. Its purpose is the enjoyment, dissemination and preservation in individual, family and community life of music defined as "folk".

San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward 5B/5A Archives

Scrapbooks, communication books, head nurses' files, correspondence, videotapes, publications, and memorabilia collected by the nursing staff of AIDS Ward 5B/5A at San Francisco General Hospital, the first dedicated AIDS hospital ward in the U.S. The collection documents daily life on...

San Francisco Horsemen's Association Records

The San Francisco Horsemen's Association (SFHA) was formed in 1940 as a nonprofit organization to foster an interest in horses and horsemanship and to share its member's passion for horses and trails with the Bay Area community. The group publishes...

San Francisco Marriage Requests; San Francisco Land for Sale; Rainfall and Reservoir Tables Ledger

Ledger book used for San Francisco Marriage Requests; San Francisco Land for Sale; Rainfall and Reservoir Tables Ledger.

San Francisco Mural Archive

The archive includes slide images and descriptions of San Francisco murals painted between 1930-2000. The slides are from the collection of mural historian and photographer James Prigoff. The descriptions are based on Timothy Drescher's book (c. 1996) which lists murals...

San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Newspaper Photograph Archive and Newsclipping Files

This collections chiefly consists of photographic prints and newsclippings from the files of and its predecessors, which were daily newspapers of San Francisco, Calif.

San Francisco Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign Records

San Francisco Chapter of Californians for a bilateral nuclear weapons freeze movement (San Francisco Nuclear Weapons Freeze or "SF Freeze") was a volunteer political organization that advocated "freezing" and reversing the production of nuclear arms. SF Freeze engaged in a...

San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Contains same-sex marriage licenses issued in San Francisco from Feb. 12, 2004 to March 11, 2004 and later invalidated. Includes a list of applicants.

San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Records

The San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Records contain the death reports (1906-1956) of individuals who died in San Francisco and whose deaths legally required investigation. The records also include Necropsy Reports (1928-1956), six volumes of Personal Descriptions...

San Francisco Office of the Controller Unemployment Relief Program Minutes and Reports

City documents received and/or issued by the San Francisco Office of the Controller as fiscal accountant for unemployment relief services during the Great Depression. The collection consists of a report by the Director of Relief for fiscal year 1932-1933; minutes...

San Francisco Police Department Records

Records of the Board of Police Commissioners; the Office of the Chief of Police and subsidiary bureaus and units, including the Bureau of Identification, the Bureau of Inspectors (aka Detective Bureau), Photographs Bureau, and Patrol Bureau; and scrapbooks whose originating...

San Francisco Public Library Performing Artists Photograph Collection

The San Francisco Public Library Performing Artists Photograph Collection consists of 1,670 photographic prints from 1890 to 1950 collected by the Music Department of the San Francisco Public Library. This artificial collection of publicity photographs and performing artists’ portraits was...

San Francisco Recreation Department Records

This collection is primarily visual documentation of the programmatic activities of the San Francisco Recreation Department. Subjects pertain to administrative units of the department and include materials related to: music, dance, drama, costuming, holiday celebrations, pageants, doll shows and puppetry....

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Records

This collection contains paper and photographic records of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Records document the project areas of Diamond Heights, Embarcadero-Lower Market (Golden Gateway), Western Addition A-1 and A-2, Yerba Buena Center, Hunters Point, and other project and survey...

San Francisco Select Committee on Charter Reform Records

Documents the work of Supervisor Barbara Kaufman pertaining to the 1994 and 1995 charter reform committees. The records cover work leading up to the new charter measure, Proposition E, which voters approved on November 7, 1995. Materials include charter history,...

San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Records

Log books, ledgers, subject files, reports, documents, ephemera, audiovisual recordings, and photographic materials of the San Francisco SPCA, documenting its history, operations, programs, and services from its founding through the turn of the millennium.

San Francisco Unified School District Records

This collection documents the San Francisco Unified School District's history through materials collected by the Teachers Professional Library beginning in 1854, the fourth year of the Department of Common Schools, as it was then known. While there are materials from...

Sandoval (Judith) Visitacion Valley Gift of Stories Collection

The Judith Sandoval Visitacion Valley Gift of Stories Collection consists of over 4,000 black and white photographs of varying sizes, contact sheets, negatives and images on CDs of the Visitacion Valley community between 1998 and 2005.

Schermerhorn (John M.) journal

Account of a voyage from San Francisco to New York City via Panama, with later entries from Lena, Illinois

Schussler (Louise) Scrapbook

The scrapbook documents the social life of Louise “Lulu” Schussler and her family from 1895 to early 1899. Scrapbook includes photographic prints; printed cards, invitations and calling cards; clippings from magazines and newspapers; theater programs; drawings and plant pressings. Louise,...

Scott (James A.) Photograph Collection

The photograph collection documents the architectural styles of San Francisco buildings photographed by James A. Scott from 1960 – 1995 (with the bulk of the collection 1965 – early 1970s). The collection includes over 4,000 photographic prints, 190 rolls of...

Second District of the California State PTA (San Francisco PTA) Records

The San Francisco PTA Records cover nearly 100 years of the activities of the Second District of the California State PTA, from its early days as the San Francisco Congress of Mothers in 1908. These extensive records were maintained by...

Sequoia Club Records

Chiefly minutes, membership and financial records, and a scrapbook; together with a small amount of ephemera, bulletins, and clippings documenting the Sequoia Club's activities from its founding in 1892.

Shelley (John F. "Jack") Papers

The collection documents the one-term administration of San Francisco Mayor John F. ("Jack") Shelley during the years 1964-1968.

Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of San Francisco Refugee Shacks Collection

Research files, correspondence, photographs, and clippings documenting the activities of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of San Francisco Refugee Shacks (SFPASFRS), an organization founded by Jane Cryan to identify and preserve the remaining small dwellings that were mass-produced...

Spakler, Herman W. Collection, 1852-1985

Diary of a Dutch cabin boy working on the ship Isis, with entries written beginning somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean and ending in San Francisco. Accompanied by diary translations, along with transcriptions and translations of a small number of letters...

Square and Circle Club Records

The collection documents the formation, administration, and activities of what is believed to be the oldest active Chinese American women's service organization in the United States. The collection includes constitution and bylaws, meeting minutes, committee files, financial records, and materials...

St. Francis Square Cooperative, Inc. Collection

Cooperative records and publications that were distributed to shareholders by the Board of Directors, Manager, and committees, together with additional articles, clippings, and other materials collected by shareholder, archivist and donor Carol Cuénod.

Stack (Loretta Starvus) Glenridge Apartments Residents' Council papers

Documents the move of Glenridge Apartments from private to tenant ownership, beginning in 1970. Includes by-laws, newsletters, minutes, and correspondence of the three Glenridge Apartments' residents' associations.

State Compensation Insurance Fund of California Time Capsule for April 25, 1960

This collection is comprised of documents buried in a time capsule commemorating the dedication of a new State Compensation Insurance Fund building on April 25, 1960 at 525 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.

State of California vs. John Chinaman

True bill against a Chinese man for assaulting an officer

Steele (James G.) scrapbook

Scrapbook and notes of a 19th c. San Francisco, California druggist.

Stereograph (San Francisco) Collection

The artificial collection consists of over 800 stereograph cards of San Francisco, California collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The stereograph cards range in date from the 1860s – 1915. Events depicted on the stereographs...

Sunnyside Oral History Project Transcripts

Consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by volunteers of six residents in 1995, 2005 and 2006.

Sunset-Parkside Education and Action Committee (SPEAK) Records

Collection documents activities of a non-profit, neighborhood-based organization involved in planning, architecture, transportation, historic preservation and education issues concerning the Sunset District of San Francisco.

Sutro (Adolph) Collection

The collection contains bills, payrolls, receipts, cancelled checks and other records for numerous Sutro enterprises and properties including Cliff House Ranch, Napa County Ranch, Reese Block, San Miguel Ranch, Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights and Sutro Railroad. The most extensive records...

Taber (Isaiah West) Photographic Album of Principal Business Houses, Residences and Persons

This leather bound volume of 104 albumen prints by Isaiah Taber document the Gilded Age of San Francisco. The photographs are mounted on pages of advertisements for San Francisco businesses. Most of the photographs depict the exterior of the business...

Tarlen (Carol) and David Joseph Papers

Chiefly typescripts of poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and criticism by Carol Tarlen and her partner/husband, David Joseph; together with a small amount of personal papers and publications. Joseph's papers include files related to his editorial and translation work. Many of...

Tenderloin Times Photograph Archives

Collection contains approximately 6,000 photographs pertaining to the run and publication of The Tenderloin Times, a free monthly newspaper published in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, 1977 – 1994, by the Hospitality House. The photographs in the collection begin in 1981...

Theodore Binner Studios drawings

Designs for fireplace mantels

Thomas Day Company salesman's album and catalog

Product photographs and catalog for San Francisco light fixture manufacturer

Thomas H. Selby & Company records

Cash and account books for the San Francisco lead and silver smelting company

Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco Records

The records of Travelers Aid Society of San Francisco document the organization's activities from its founding in 1914, through its transition to Compass Community Services in 1995, and up to 2004. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1940-1989,...

Walker (Willie) San Francisco Club Flyers Collection

The club and event flyers collection contains promotional handbills, flyers, and small posters for events that took place in San Francisco, as well as some other bay area locations. The bulk of the material was collected between 2000-2003 with some...

Washington (Sir Lawrence) Papers on Carnaval San Francisco

Sir Lawrence Washington, was a conceptual artist, community activist, consultant and participant in the first Carnaval street parade in 1979. He led the parade wearing his signature Grand Marshall sequined costume. Sir became one of the six organizers to form...

Waterhouse (Edwin S.) journal

Account of a voyage on the Golden Rocket from Boston to San Francisco, with later entries from Placer County, California

Weiss (Mike) Double Play Collection

The collection contains the research material Weiss collected for his book . The book recounts the events surrounding Dan White's assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978, and White’s trial...

Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart Records

The Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart operated from its founding in 1915 until it closed in 2008. The Mart served as the largest hub for furniture wholesale on the West Coast and hosted sellers from all over the Western...

Weston Family Color Slides of Golden Gate International Exposition

Collection of 120 Kodachrome color slides document both years 1939 and 1940 of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Westwood Movie Club Scrapbook

The Westwood Movie Club, active circa 1940-circa 1965, was an amateur movie club dedicated to helping members improve and show their films.

Wickham (Gloria) Japanese Tea Garden Research Files,

Contains research files of Gloria Wickham who co-authored the book,

Wilke (William Hancock) Panama-Pacific International Exposition Photograph Album

The hand-bound album with the inscription “William H. Wilke” consists of 57 various sized photographic prints of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California, 1915.

Williams (Buford) correspondence with Elizabeth Leslie Roos,

Letters written by Americans in Camp Lewis, Washington and in France to a San Francisco resident

Wright (John A.) and Michael Maher San Francisco earthquake accounts

Four accounts of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire