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Finding Aid to the San Francisco Arts Festival Photographs and Records, 1948-1985 (bulk 1967-1985) SFP 30
SFP 30  
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Description
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.
Background
The San Francisco Arts Festival in California was the largest and oldest free outdoor public art event on the West Coast, founded in 1938 by San Francisco artists and then sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission from 1946-1986. The SF Arts Festival exhibited local and contemporary Bay Area artists and craftsmen from San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties. Exhibiting predominantly visual arts, the annual show promoted artistic interest and advancement in its local and regional community by providing a venue for local and contemporary artists and craftsmen to sell, display, and develop sponsorship in a time in history when “official” art was only accepted in museums.
Extent
1 carton, 2 boxes, 1 shoebox (2.5 linear feet)
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.