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Collections with online items: 6
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Agnes Fay Photograph Album, 1914-1943.

The bound volume contains 132 gelatin silver prints, including 11 loose prints, which document Agnes Fay's life between 1914 and 1943. A bulk of the photographs also documents the nurses, doctors, students, and patients at the French Hospital on Geary...

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.

 
Alfred Henry Jacobs San Francisco Zoo Photograph Albums, 1941-1942.

The two bound volumes contain 251 gelatin silver prints of animals and exhibits at the San Francisco Zoological Gardens in 1941 and 1942. The zoo was built as part of a Works Progress Administration project in the 1930s and called...

 
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...

 
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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...

 
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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...

 
Carlos J. Maas Family Photograph Album, 1948-1966 (bulk 1948-1951).

The bound volume contains 64 prints, including ten in color, which document the family and friends of Carlos Josua Maas, Jr. from 1948 to 1951. The album depicts events such as holiday gatherings, a Christmas play at Hamlin School in...

 
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 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.

 
Clark Davis Miner Jr. Family Photograph Album, January 24-March 12, 1904.

The leather-bound volume contains 28 silver gelatin prints documenting the Miner family's home life in San Francisco from January to March 1904. The album depicts activities such as dressing up in costumes, sitting on the steps, and riding in an...

 
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...

 
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,...

 
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Deaf AIDS Center Collection

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

 
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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....

 
Edith Schnaittacher's Photograph Album, [between 1895 and 1910].

The cloth-bound volume contains 19 gelatin silver prints and 10 cyanotype prints which document Golden Gate Park, Cliff House, and scenes from Mill Valley including the local Catholic Church, the railroad to Mt. Tamalpais, Elizabeth Birnbaum's collies, and a cottage...

 
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...

 
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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...

 
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...

 
Frank L. Fenton papers, 1906-1915 (bulk 1914-1915).

One-third of this folder is correspondence relating to the Cemetery Protective Association in San Francisco and its efforts to defeat local Proposition 50; one-third is material reflecting Fenton's other personal and professional affairs, including material relating to rentals and legal...

 
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.

 
French Hospital and Family Photograph Album, [1908-1918].

The leather-bound volume contains 96 gelatin silver prints which document the work and home life of the album's creator between 1908 and 1918. The prints feature the nurses and doctors at the French Hospital on Geary Street at work and...

 
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George Sterling's Friends and Family Photograph Album, 1898-1905.

The bound volume contains 133 gelatin silver and 2 cyanotype prints which document trips that the creator took between 1898 and 1905. Most of the trips take place in Northern California, although the album includes visits to British Columbia, Washington,...

 
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...

 
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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...

 
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...

 
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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...

 
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...

 
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Joseph Ambrose Marron 1911 Rolph Campaign Photograph Album, 1911

The bound volume contains 16 silver gelatin prints documenting James Rolph Jr.'s San Francisco mayoral campaign, which began on August 15, 1911. The photographs document events including Rolph's attendance and interaction with the San Francisco Seals baseball team, indoor campaign...

 
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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...

 
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Louise Peelor Curtis diary, 1877-1879.

Diary of a nineteenth-century San Jose, California woman, an artist who was beset with many health problems. Entries alternate between ink and pencil. Diary begins with entry on Louise Peelor Curtis's 43rd birthday. Most entries describe the writer's physical ailments,...

 
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.

 
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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...

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...

 
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.

 
Mrs. James Rolph, Jr. Some of the Family and a Few Fiends Scrapbook Album, 1900-1910.

The scrapbook of loose album pages includes 28 photographic prints and 17 place cards between 1900 and 1910. Mrs. James Rolph, Jr. is the creator of the scrapbook and the contents document their life before Rolph, Jr. became mayor of...

 
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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...

 
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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.

 
Portola Festival Photograph Album October 19-23, 1909.

The bound volume contains 18 silver gelatin prints which document the Portola Festival in San Francisco in October 1909. Events depicted include the landing of Don Gaspar de Portola, the chorus of children who sang for the King and Queen,...

 
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...

 
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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...

 
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 Family Trip to Hawaii Photograph Album, 3/24/1920 - 4/27/1920.

The tapa cloth bound volume contains 114 photographic prints documenting Mayor James Rolph, Jr.'s family trip to and from Honolulu, Hawaii. Rolph Jr., wife Annie, daughters Annette and Georgina, and son Jimmy (James) departed San Francisco on March 25 on...

 
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;...

 
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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 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 Arts Festival Photographs and Records, 1948-1985 (bulk 1967 - 1985).

The San Francisco Arts Festival Records consists 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. The photographic material depicts participating visual...

 
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

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 Department of Public Health AIDS Office Records

Records documenting the formation and activity of the AIDS Office, including files of the Director of Public Health prior to the AIDS Office's creation in 1985, followed by successive Directors of the AIDS Office itself, records from each of the...

 
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Photograph Album, 1906.

The leather-bound volume contains 19 silver gelatin prints documenting the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. The photographs record the destruction of buildings and houses, streets, refugee camps in Union Square, a ship deck with goods and...

 
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Photograph Album, 1906.

The leather-bound volume contains 25 silver gelatin prints documenting the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. The photographs record destroyed buildings and residences and a refugee camp in Union Square. Significant buildings documented are the Flood Mansion,...

 
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 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 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 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, Patrol Bureau, Bureau of Permits and Registration;...

 
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 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...

 
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...

 
Spring Valley Water Company Construction Views Photograph Albums, 1918 July 19 - 1929 September 10.

Three brown leather-bound photograph albums contain 232 gelatin silver prints with handwritten captions and dates in silver. The photographs record Spring Valley Water Company projects between 1918 and 1929 to expand San Francisco's water system to newly developed districts and...

 
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.

 
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.

 
Steele (Edward L. G.) diary

A daily journal kept by Edward Steele, a clerk for a San Francisco commission merchant, during the Civil War era.

 
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...

 
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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...

 
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,...

 
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Views of the Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco and Palo Alto Photograph Album, April 18, 1906.

The red leather bound volume contains 51 prints documenting the aftermath of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco and Palo Alto. The bulk of the snapshots were shot between April 19 and August 1906. Each photograph has a...

 
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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...

 
William H. Bain Photograph Albums, 1915-1939.

The two photograph albums document William H. Bain and his wife Juanita Elizabeth Bain's life in San Francisco and travels. Album 1: contains 193 photographic prints documenting the Bain's life between 1915 and 1939. The Panama Pacific International Exposition photographs...