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The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, located in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor, contains photographs and works on paper of San Francisco and California views from 1850 to the present. More about the collection
Highlight: Over 420 images now online from our Shades of Western Addition, Shades of San Francisco project!
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