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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

Abstract of title to entire City Slip lots 111 to 115 inclusive and part of 116

Title abstract for six San Francisco lots bounded by Commercial, Drumm, Sacramento and East Streets

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...

Aerial Photographs of San Francisco in 1978

Collection contains 250 color photographic prints of oblique aerials and street views of San Francisco, California in 1978. The aerials document all of San Francisco. The street views and neighborhood scenes include Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, Ghiradelli Square, Nob Hill,...

Afro-Americans in San Francisco prior to World War II Oral history project records

The Afro-Americans in San Francisco prior to World War II Oral history project was a series of 27 interviews with men and women from the African-American community in San Francisco and the Bay Area conducted between 1976 and 1978. The...

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) is possibly best known for the Alfafara v. Fross case arguing against the denial of his right to own property in California because of his Filipino heritage. The case went to the California Supreme Court where...

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 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...

Allen (Harris S.) Ina D. Coolbrith collection

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

Alzofon (Marian) papers,

Contains documents of Marian Alzofon who successfully lobbied with other mothers in the 1940s for the continuation of the San Francisco Farmers' Market which was challenged by the Retail Grocers Association.

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.

Apcar papers on Dan White

Contains Denise Apcar's statements to police following the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk; Apcar's journal-like statement describing the days leading up to the killings; correspondence with Dan White while imprisoned; photos of a jaihouse visit with...

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.

Atkinson (Thomas Emory) papers

Correspondence and ephemera collected by a San Francisco certified public accountant, Republican Party member, and California state assemblyman

Audrey Chisholm scrapbooks

This collection contains 10 scrapbooks created by Audrey Welstead Chisholm documenting her social life and tourism in San Francisco and abroad from the 1950s through the 1980s. Of note are photographs and ephemera documenting aspects of the French Hospital where...

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...

Baldwin (George Abel) Photographs

The collection includes 17 black and white photographs documenting Camp 22 in Alamo Square after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The photographs have hand-written captions including identification of families, dates and "G A Baldwin Commander" on the lower right side....

Balunsat (Dalisay Bocobo) Filipiniana collection

Publicity surrounding activities of San Francisco's Filipino Americans.

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,...

Bay Area Reference Center (BARC) records

The Bay Area Reference Center (BARC) was part of a four tier reference service network designed to serve a large section of traditionally underserved rural areas of California. BARC covered nine Northern California public library systems and was headquartered at...

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.

Bethel Order of the Eastern Star ledger

The Bethel Order of the Eastern Star (Chapter 31) was an African American, predominantly female association. The ledger (1924-1926) contains meeting minutes, correspondence, membership rosters, dues paid and owed, and two photographs with unidentified members of the Shasta Elks Lodge.

Bishop (Mrs. James Hall) scrapbook

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

Blaisdell (Marilyn) Photograph Collection

The Marilyn Blaisdell Photograph Collection includes over 17,000 prints and over 8,000 negatives (both glass and film) dating from the early 1850s to the 1980s. The collection contains a variety of visual formats including vintage photographs, stereographs, real photo postcards,...

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...

Booth (Charles L.) earthquake refugee camp letter book

Letter book of camp commander and physician Dr. Charles L. Booth

Borel (Frank) Motion Picture Portrait Photograph Collection

The collection consists of over 146 black and white photographic prints of motion picture actors and actresses collected by San Francisco millinery designer Frank Borel. Almost all the photographs are inscribed to Frank Borel and autographed by the celebrity. Most...

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...

Bowen (George T.) Photographs

Collection of over 1,000 images (340 glass plate negatives, 600 film negatives and approximately 150 photographic prints) taken by amateur photographer George T. Bowen between 1900 and 1934 of mostly San Francisco, California. A significant portion of the collection documents...

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

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)....

Brailove (Michael) Photographic Negatives

The Michael Brailove Photographic Negatives consists of 83 black and white 120 format film negatives that depict commercial businesses, residences and Freedom House meetings in the Western Addition neighborhood, San Francisco, California in 1964. The images provide a look at...

Brigman (Anne) Photographs

The collection contains seven gelatin silver photographic prints and one linoleum-block print by photographer Anne Brigman dated between 1913 and 1930.

Brooks, Benjamin Photograph Albums

This photograph collection consists of two photograph albums taken and assembled by amateur photographer Benjamin Brooks, 1896-1990, of San Francisco and Northern California locations.

Brooks (Thaddeus Ransom) surveying notebooks

Surveys, computations and notes of a California civil engineer working in San Francisco and Colusa County, California

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.

Burton (Shirley Cohelan) Photograph Collection

Collection contains photographic prints, contact sheets, negatives and color slides by photographer Shirley Mabel Cohelan Burton of political events and speakers in San Francisco, California from 1966-1997. Includes her professional photographs documenting San Francisco Democratic political events as well as...

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.

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 Ephemera Collection

The artificial collection consists of ephemera pertaining to the state of California and each of its counties, excluding the City and County of San Francisco, collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. Dating from 1850 to...

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 Photo Postcard 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...

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...

Cavagnaro (Victoria L.) journal

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

Chew (Rose) Photograph Collection

Photographs of and related to Rose Bullard Chew in San Francisco, California from 1918 – 1940. Photos include children in a school setting in Chinatown in the 1930s. Identified photos depict trips to Yosemite and Hawaii.

Chiang (Franklin Chuin) Photographs

The collection consists of black and white 35mm and 120mm negatives, black and white photographic prints, color slides and digital scans of San Francisco, California landmarks and neighborhoods from the early 1960s to the late 1970s taken by Franklin Chuin...

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 Central Committee, Socialist Party of San Francisco accounts book

Receipts and expenses of a Socialist Party branch

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.

Clare Phinney's Snaps of San Francisco Photograph Album

The photograph album assembled by Clare Phinney consists of 25 brown-toned early gelatin silver photographic prints of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco scenes from 1904.

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

Davies (Donna C.) Welsh American collection

A collection of Welsh Society of San Francisco records, Welsh-American Society records, British Benevolent Society records, St. David's Presbyterian Church San Francisco records, and Welsh Presbyterian Church of Oakland records

Davis (Dell) Blindcraft Photographs

Collection of 24 mounted black and white silver gelatin photographs taken by Dell Davis between 1976 and 1983 of Blindcraft workers in the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, California. The photographs depict workers crafting brooms...

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.

Deeter (Amy) California Hiking Clubs scrapbooks

Scrapbooks created by a Contra Costa Hills Club and Sierra Club member

Derricotte (Cheryl) Pandemic Bookkeeping prints

This collection contains the Pandemic Bookkeeping art project by Cheryl Derricotte. The project is Derricotte's version of a "plague journal" and consists of a book called LASTGASPISM: Art and Survival in the Age of the Pandemic, 12 digital collages, and...

Derruau (Irene) School Collection

Ephemera documenting Irene Derruau's years at Lafayette Elementary School, Presidio Junior High School and George Washington High School....

Destruction of San Francisco Photograph Album

This photograph album consists of 95 gelatin silver prints and 8 lithograph printed postcards documenting the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco, California by an unidentified creator and photographer. Most of the photographs show the ruins of San Francisco...

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...

Dub (Debbie) Collection

This collection contains material documenting the punk scene in San Francisco from approximately 1977-1986 with material related to punk bands and zines through photographs, fliers, zines, and writings.

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...

Durden (Robert T.) family papers

Family papers collected by a native San Franciscan of Welsh descent

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...

Epps (Edie) Visitacion Valley

Materials documenting Little Hollywood and Visitacion Valley.

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...

Everett Junior High School records

This collection contains photographs, student publications, scrapbooks, and ephemera from Everett Junior High School. Also included are some handbooks, documents, and other works. Of note are several sets of layouts for the Everett Echo, a hybrid newsletter with yearbook qualities.

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...

Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF) Records

The Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF) seeks to support the Filipino community, prioritizing low-income Filipino immigrants and longtime residents of San Francisco's South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. The foundation developed the Bayanihan Community Center (BCC), and master leases BCC from...

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.

Freitas, Jr. (Joseph) Papers

Joseph Freitas, Jr. (1933-2006), also known as Joe Freitas, served as San Francisco's district attorney (1976-1980) when the office was defined by its handling of the Peoples Temple investigation and the Dan White trial. The collection contains records of Freitas'...

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

Geary (John W.) papers

Personal and business papers of San Francisco's first mayor.

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

GLIDE Historical Records

Collection documents Glide Memorial Church's Sunday services, programs and fundraising events, mainly during Rev. Cecil Williams' leadership.

Golden Gate International Exposition Photograph Albums

This collection consists of three photograph albums with a total of 197 black and white, gelatin silver glossy amateur snapshots of the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) held on Treasure Island, San Francisco in 1939 and 1940.

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,...

Hacker (Patricia M.) San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Photographs

Collection contains 479 black and white and color print photographs of the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade (1979), San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade (1982-1993) and San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration (1996-2002) taken...

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. Photographs and Papers

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 with his role as U.S. Marine's...

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...

Housing Conservation Institute Photograph Archive

The Housing Conservation Institute (HCI) Photograph Archive is a collection of approximately 600 photographs and 600 negatives documenting HCI's revitalization programs and projects in the Ingleside district of San Francisco, California between 1977 and 1987.

Houston (Penelope) Avengers Collection

This collection contains material documenting the Avengers, a punk band formed in 1977 in San Francisco, California.

Howden (Edward) Papers,

Collection documents Edward Howden's lifelong efforts to fight bias and end discrimination in employment, housing, and other matters by working for what he preferred to call human rights.

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...

Jackson (Charles Tenney) and Carlotta Weir Jackson papers

Typescript of Charles Tenney Jackson's unpublished novel, The Cloudcapped Towers, with Carlotta Weir Jackson's scrapbook detailing her radio work and the couple's travels

Jim Goggin Jazz Research collection

This collection consists of written, visual, and audio materials collected by Jim Goggin during the course of his research for his books. He authored many jazz articles and published books about West Coast jazz music and its performers from Bob...

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.

Junior League of San Francisco "Here Today" building research files

The Junior League of San Francisco "Here Today" building research files include over 3,500 building surveys compiled by the women of the Junior League of San Francisco’s Historic Sites Project. Files contain a building survey data sheet and photograph. Some...

Justet (Stephen) letter, San Francisco

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

Kanemoto (Lisa) Photographs

Collection of 253 black and white photographic prints of documentary photograph projects by Lisa Kanemoto in San Francisco, California between 1977 and 1988. Projects include Chinatown and Japantown communities in San Francisco; students of Louise M. Lombard Special Education School,...

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

Kenady Legal Papers on Joseph L. Alioto v. Cowles Communications., Inc. Trials

Legal files likely belonging to Charles Kenady, the lead attorney for the defendant, Cowles Communications, in the libel suit brought by Joseph L. Alioto against the publisher of Look magazine.

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.

Kortum (Jean) papers

Correspondence, records, and research files collected by a San Francisco environmental activist and historic preservationist

Kostura (William) Historic Building Reports

Historic building reports for structures in San Francisco, California and some buildings in Auburn, California and in Richmond California.

Kristen (Christine) Burning Man ephemera collection

This is a collection of ephemera collected by Christine "LadyBee" Kristen, Burning Man's Archivist and Art Collection Manager. Collected ephemera include flyers, photographs, posters, maps, bandanas, patches, clippings, calendars, and a small amount of uncategorized objects from Burning Man festivals...

Kuhn (Cecilia) Frightwig Collection

The contains material relating to Frightwig and to Cecilia Kuhn. The collection dates between 1977-2014, with the bulk of material being from 1984-1988. The bulk of this collection is made up of show fliers, newspaper and magazine clippings, magazines, newspapers...

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,...

Kulzick, Alfie Chatterbox Bar Collection

The Chatterbox was a neighborhood bar and hard rock/punk venue located in San Francisco's Mission District at 853 Valencia Street from 1986 to 1990. The club hosted many local bands such as White Trash Debutantes, the Jackson Saints, Motorcycle Boy,...

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.

Lee Edwin M.

Correspondence from government officials, photographs with dignitaries, and speech for 2012 inauguration. Preservation copies of press conference videos.

Les Nickelettes Photographs and Papers

Les Nickelettes were an all-female experimental comedy troupe active from 1972 to 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area. This collection contains playbills, flyers, newsletters, newspaper and magazine clippings, and photographs.

Livermore Action Group Records

The Livermore Action Group was a Berkeley based nonviolent anti-nuclear group who are best known for their demonstrations and blockades of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and Vandenberg Air Force Base in the mid-1980s. The collection contains flyers and materials...

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.

Mance, Ajuan Posters for the SF COVID Command Center Artists in Residence Program

Contains 11 pairs of posters and an Artist Statment by Ajuan Mance during her time as an Artist-in-Residence with the San Francisco COVID Command Center to help record the internal workings of the City's vast COVID prevention and response efforts...

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...

Marshall (John Jr.) family papers,

Papers of a San Francisco insurance company executive

Martin (James A.) Color Slides of San Francisco

Collection of 918 color slides by James A. Martin documenting events, locations and civic life in San Francisco, 1965-1968. One third of the collection documents Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) construction, mostly on Market Street but also includes Alameda County...

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....

McCarthy (William H.) scrapbooks

Scrapbooks of a San Francisco supervisor, Pacific Coast League president, and San Francisco postmaster

McCreary (Glen) Photographs of United Nations Conference on International Organization

This collection consists of two albums along with loose photographs for a total of 127 black and white gelatin silver prints taken of the U.N. Organizing Conference held in San Francisco from April 25 through June 26, 1945. All photographs...

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.

Mezey (Phiz) Photographs and Papers

The collection includes approximately 6,402 prints and over 104,000 frames of various negative types by professional photographer Phiz Mezey of predominately of San Francisco from the early 1950s to the early 2000s. Subjects of the photography include Our San Francisco...

Miller collection, Joan and Patricia

Contains baby books, diaries, publicity photos, and a personal account of Joan and Patricia Miller who sang and performed on stage and on radio and television in the 1940s and 1950s. Also contains personal documents of their parents.

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...

Moriarty (Ellen G.) letter, Salem, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Makee

Condolence note sent to sister of recently deceased author Charles Warren Stoddard.

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.

Mullen (Kevin J.) San Francisco Police Department collection

Collection includes both material generated by the San Francisco Police Department and Mullen's research files and correspondence relating to the history of the department's operations and personnel.

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...

Neri (Simo) Color Slides of Carnaval San Francisco

Simo Neri is a photographer and visual artist who photographed San Francisco's Carnaval for a decade, beginning in its second year. Neri's color slides depict groups, portraits, dancers, musicians, costumes, the parade and parade onlookers, floats, children, and signs. Event...

Neutra (Richard J.) and Otto Winkler project records

Contracts, specifications and drawings from a San Francisco architecture firm

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.

O'Farrell (Jasper) correspondence

Six documents relating to O'Farrell's survey of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) and one relating to his survey of Sonoma town.

Office of the City Attorney (San Francisco) Records

The city attorney serves the mayor, the board of supervisors, city departments and units of government as set by Charter §6.102. The collection includes opinions published by the city attorney (1906-1990), and materials generated and collected by the city attorney...

O'Neil (Hazel) Signs in the Window prints

This collection contains the Signs in the Windows: A San Francisco COVID Community Time Capsule art project, which was created by artist Hazel O'Neil in response to a call for submissions by SFAC, supported by SFPL. It is the result...

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...

Otoole (Corbett) papers,

Contains manuscripts, books, conference materials, articles and some photographs documenting OToole's work on disability rights.

Parker (Jean) Collection

Personal items collected by a San Francisco pioneer school teacher

Parkside Tennis Club scrapbook

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

Parrott (Enoch G.) correspondence

Letters of a Navy lieutenant to his sister and mother during the Mexican War.

Passera Family papers,

Material collected by Ermete Passera including work-related items from Italian newspapers, and San Francisco Athletic Club documents.

Payne (Miles) poetry collection

Issues of Payne's little magazine The Light Year, and his The Lovable Cable Car: Free Poems Among Friends.

Pecora (Joseph B.) Papers

Joseph B. Pecora, as the de facto historian of the Alamo Square neighborhood, conducted research on historical neighborhood homes and buildings as part of his involvement in the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association, which he later compiled and published as a...

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.

Pierce Family Letters to William Pierce

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

Poll List of the Republican Primary Election for the Election of Delegates to the Republican County Convention

List of Republican voters in the 13th Senatorial District, 11th Ward, 2nd Election Precinct, San Francisco on October 2, 1880

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...

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...

Randall (Josephine D.) Junior Museum records

Collection contains administrative papers and publications of the Auxiliary of the Josephine D. Randall Junior Museum and later the Josephine D. Randall Junior Museum Society as well as records of the Museum. Also includes records, historical photographs, photo albums, and...

Red Cross Influenza Relief Station, District No 6, Final Report and Photographs

Report and photographs documenting the district's relief work, from Oct. 21 to Nov. 16, 1918, in response to the influenza epidemic.

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...

Risse (Guenter B.) Research Files

Contains research files of Dr. Guenter B. Risse for his books, and and journal article, "Translating Western Modernity: The First Chinese Hospital in America."

Robbins, Trina, Forbidden City collection

Research materials for Robbins' book,

Roberts (Jerry) Collection on Dianne Feinstein

The Jerry Roberts Collection on Dianne Feinstein contains materials used by Roberts to write his book The collection contains newspaper clippings, interviews, chapter drafts, photographs, and two video tapes. Notable items include a transcript of Roberts' interview with Feinstein, and...

Roberts (Lois) Parades and Protests Photographs

Collection contains 105 amateur color print photographs, 23 slides and 28 strips of negatives of Bay to Breakers and Carnaval in 1999; St. Patrick’s Day Parade (2000 and 2003) and Peace Protest in 2003 in San Francisco, California taken by...

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...

Rolfe (Norman) Transportation collection

Work papers of Norman Rolfe, an electrical engineer for Bechtel, documenting the electrification of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system; and Rolfe's papers as a transit advocate including San Francisco Tomorrow documents.

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;...

Ruperto (Celso) Photographs of Nightclub Dance Performers

Collection of 126 black and white photographic prints of dance performers in San Francisco's North Beach topless nightclubs by Filipino-American photographer Celso Ruperto of Century Photo Research from 1966-1969. Includes nightclubs Big Al's, Condor Club, Chi Chi Club, Moulin Rouge...

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) shifted the focus of the arts community to neighborhood community centers that reflected the cultural identities of the communities who lived there. Materials include correspondence, files on community centers, flyers, booklets, events planning,...

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 Birthday Celebration Records

The annual San Francisco Birthday commemoration (1939-2016) celebrated the arrival of San Francisco’s first Spanish colonists in 1776, establishing the city of San Francisco. The festivities included a mass given at the Mission Dolores, and a luncheon that took place...

San Francisco Bureau of Governmental Research

Contains scrapbooks of newspaper clippings documenting the San Francisco Bureau of Governmental Research's work, beginning with its predecessor organization, the San Francisco Tax Committee of the San Francisco Real Estate Board.

San Francisco Cabinet Card Collection

The artificial collection consists of over 570 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...

San Francisco Carte-de-Visite 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.

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 Chinese Newcomers Study Committee Records

The Chinese Newcomers Study (1969-1970) was commissioned by the Bay Area Social Planning Council (BASPC) and coordinated by a fourteen-person volunteer committee. The study committee researched topics such as health, employment, education, and law relating to Chinese immigrants in San...

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 Civic Unity Committee Minutes

Minutes of committee to study trends in racial prejudice and to make recommendations for improvements.

San Francisco Civil Service Commission records,

Contains minutes and meeting files of the San Francisco Civil Service Commission.

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 Photograph Records

Collection consists of approximately 16,770 photographs documenting the planning, construction, use and maintenance of San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW) Bureau of Engineering projects from 1907 – late 1970s in San Francisco, California. SFDPW Bureau of Engineering was responsible...

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 Earthquake and Fire Photograph Album

The photograph album consists of 70 gelatin silver photographic prints documenting the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco, California by an unidentified creator and photographer. The photographs appear to be a combination of amateur pictures and commercial photographs by...

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 Human Rights Commission's Lesbian/Gay Activities Office records

Includes subject files of staff members of the Human Rights Commission, particuarly of Jo Daly, the HRC's gay community liaison. Materials include correspondence, press releases, notes, and some minutes of the Gay Advisory Committee, 1975-1980.

San Francisco Human Services Agency Records,

This collection documents the San Francisco Human Services Agency's history through materials prepared for the Human Services Commission. Included are commission agendas and minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, and budgets.

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 Oversize Photograph Collection

The artificial collection contains over 7,100 oversize photographic prints of 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, gifts...

San Francisco Photo Postcard 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...

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 Portrait Photograph Collection

The artificial collection consists of over 7,500 photographic prints of prominent people in San Francisco and California’s history from the 1890s – 2010s collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The photographs are of a diverse...

San Francisco Postcard 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...

San Francisco Poster collection

The San Francisco Poster Collection contains over 1,100 printed posters of San Francisco, California acquired by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The posters range in date from the late 1800s to the present, and depict events...

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 Punk Collection

This collection contains material documenting punk music and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area through zines, fliers, photographs, and other ephemera with the bulk of material dating from the late 1970s to mid-1980s. This is a growing collection comprised...

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 Scots Soccer Club minute book

Minute book of a San Francisco soccer club

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 Souvenir Photograph Collection

Artificial collection consists of over 50 black and white professional souvenir photographs in folded paper mounts taken in nightclubs, hotels and restaurants in San Francisco, California between 1942 and 1955.

San Francisco Subjects Photograph Collection

The artificial collection contains over 155,000 photographic prints of 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, gifts of...

San Francisco Typographical Union No. 21 cash book

Record of income and disbursements for the union for the year following the 1906 earthquake and fire.

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...

San Francisco Urban Fair Contest Records,

Includes contest entry forms, contest books and programs, photographs, administrative documents and manuals, lists of judges and winners, press kits, broadcast news audio and video coverage, and newspaper clippings....

San Francisco Voter Information Pamphlets

Charter amendments and propositions before voters of the City and County of San Francisco.

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.

Savoy Tivoli scrapbook

Scrapbook documenting the Savoy Tivoli, a bar and music venue in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood in 1979. Scrapbook contains copies of newspaper clippings and fliers for jazz, reggae, and punk bands. The Savoy Tivoli is a bar, restaurant and...

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.) Photographs

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.

Sheldon (Jimmy) collection,

Includes original photographs, ephemera and news clippings, as well as digital prints of photographs and newspaper articles, and a biography.

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.

Sheraton (Leslie) Color Slides of California

Collection consists of 1,740 35mm color slides and 28 black and white photographic prints documenting Leslie Sheraton’s trips to California from 1948 to 1973. The trips include destinations of San Francisco, Disneyland, Los Angeles, Marineland, Swiss Colony, San Juan Capistrano,...

Significant San Francisco Photographers Photograph Collection

Artificial collection of about 200 original photographic prints by more than 25 significant 19th and 20th century photographers and photo studios covering a broad range of subjects and includes portraits, landscapes, panoramic views, cityscapes and buildings of San Francisco and...

Sims (Lee) Photographs of Tenants and Owners in Opposition to Redevelopment (TOOR)

The Lee Sims Photographs of Tenants and Owners in Opposition to Redevelopment (TOOR) include 156 strips of 35mm negatives, 26 contact sheets and digital scans photographed by Lee Sims from June 1970 to July 1971 of various South of Market...

Slavery era insurance documents,

Photocopies of documents collected by the State of California Insurance Department in pursuance of California Code Regulations, Title 10, Sections 2293-2398, which required insurance companies to provide documentation about insurance polices from the slavery era which coverage for slaveholders for...

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...

Sotomayor (Antonio) Papers

Correspondence, artwork, photographs, and subject files of Bolivian-born artist Antonio Sotomayor, who lived and worked in San Francisco for most of his life.

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.

Stanton (Edward) Photographs

Collection of approximately 17,000 frames of black and white negatives, 2,000 color photographic prints and 340 color slides by Edward Stanton of San Francisco, California between 1959 and late 1980s. The photographs document the everyday of San Francisco including significant...

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...

Sward (Susan) interviews,

Contains interviews with former mayors Elmer E. Robinson, George Christopher, and Joseph L. Alioto for Sward's article published May 27, 1981; and with Erhard Seminar Training (est) founder, Werner Erhard, for Sward's article published April 19, 1984.

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...

Talbot (David) Season of the Witch Book Research collection

This collection consists of primary and secondary source materials collected by David Talbot over the course of his research for his book, Season of the Witch. Of note are primary source materials in the form of interviews and transcripts with...

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 Neighborhood Development Corporation records

Agency records including newsletters, photographs, videos, press clippings, and some building files.

The 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 December...

Theater, Motion Picture and Performing Arts Photograph Collection

The artificial collection consists of approximately 1,500 photographic prints of people related to theater, performing arts and motion pictures as well as film stills, set stills and stage scenes from the 1860s to the 1990s collected by the San Francisco...

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,...

Tsukahara Family Collection on St. Francis Square Cooperative,

Records collected and/or created by original St. Francis Square Cooperative shareholders, Tom and Yayoi Tsukahara, and Michael Tsukahara, their son.

United States Naval Station Treasure Island Photographs

Collection of chiefly black and white photographic prints of former Naval Station Treasure Island, located in San Francisco Bay, by the United States Navy in 1958-1984.

Vuksich (Dorothy) Presidential Advance files

Records of local arrangements for visits of U.S. presidents and heads of state to San Francisco Bay Area

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...

Wall + Response

is a project of the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) that features 16 San Francisco Bay Area poets' responses to the social, political, racial, justice narratives of four murals on Clarion Alley, curated by CAMP artist and organizer Megan...

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...

Wassman, Max, Jr. Panama Pacific International Exposition Photograph Album

This photograph album consists of approximately 432 photographic prints of various views of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco, California in 1915. The album includes several construction photographs and PPIE ephemera, all bound in soft brown buckskin...

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

Williamson (J. M.), M.D. Board of Health Photograph Album of Chinatown, San Francisco

The photograph album of 178 albumen photographic prints documents the campaign of Dr. Rupert Blue, the assistant surgeon of the U. S. Marine Hospital Service in San Francisco, to cleanse Chinatown in 1903 of the third great pandemic of bubonic...

Wilson (Jessey C.) letter: Berkeley, to Mrs. Wallis

Account of a woman leaving her home in San Francisco following the earthquake and fire of April 1906

Women of the resistance: mural and portfolio project

Portraits of contemporary activists represented in the mural in San Francisco's Balmy Alley.

Worden (Willard E.) Glass Plate Negatives

Collection contains 432 glass plate negatives taken by San Francisco photographer Willard E. Worden between 1907 and 1912. More then half of the collection depicts the building of the Ingleside Terraces residential neighborhood by the Urban Realty Improvement Company. The...

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

Four accounts of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire