San Francisco Public Library

歷史 / 地理

A collection of the General Collections & Humanities Center
With an emphasis on United States and military history, this collection supports the interests of students of history, amateur genealogists, travelers, veterans and the adult and young adult reader. Very little genealogical primary source material is offered; rather, the emphasis is on putting how-to materials in researchers' hands. The collection is weeded based on significance of title and changing use.

Ancient History: Surveys; popular works of particular countries and empires; emphasis on ancient Egypt, China, Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia and Palestine; retrospective and contemporaneous accounts by ancient historians.

Asian History: Emphasis on China, Japan, the Philippines and the countries of the Middle East; materials on past and present wars involving the United States; Israel-Palestine conflict.

European History: Emphasis on World War II, current conflicts and social conditions affected by historical movements.

Genealogy / Family History: Histories of prominent families; how-to materials for amateur researchers.

Geography and Travel: Personal narratives; guidebooks reflecting a variety of travel styles, interests and budgets; emphasis on San Francisco, California and the West; atlases, country, state and city maps.

Military / Naval / Warfare History: Battles, weaponry and strategy; United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps histories; international military powers past and present; terminology, uniforms, medals and insignia.

North and Central American History:United States and its territories, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; native peoples of and immigrants to North America; emphasis on San Francisco, the Bay Area, California and the West; Revolutionary War, Civil War and other wars and conflicts fought on American soil.

South American History: Modern and pre-Columbian; emphasis on current developments and changes; aspects of social conditions influenced by historical events.