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San Francisco History Center Subject Collections

The San Francisco History Center Subject Collections consist of photographs and works on paper, from the 1850s to the present. These collections include views of San Francisco street scenes, buildings, and neighborhoods, as well as photographs of famous San Francisco personalities. A large part of this collection consists of the photograph morgue of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper, dating from the 1920's-1965, when the collection was donated to the library. These lists include photographs and works on paper that have not been digitized.

The San Francisco Subject Collection is arranged alphabetically by subject heading. Famous San Francisco people are separated in the Portraits guide. San Francisco Line Drawings consists of works on paper. Use the guides to request photographs and works on paper during the open hours of the Photo Desk. Thousands of the photographs in the subject guide have been added to the online database. Start with a keyword search in the database or browse digitized images by subject.


California Places and Subjects

Photographs and works on paper of California places and subjects - outside of the City & County of San Francisco - are seperated into two guides. A small sampling of California Places & Subjects have been added to the online database.


San Francisco History Center Oversize Photograph Collection

This collection consists of photographs larger than 8 x 14 inches (20 x 36 cm). Use the guides to request photographs during the open hours of the Photo Desk. A large number of oversize photographic prints have been added to the online database.