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Bayview/Hunters Point District

Book Cover San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point
Tricia O'Brien
2005

A large portion of the area known today as Bayview Hunters Point was once extremely rural. Called Butchertown by locals, the neighborhood was a source of much of San Francisco’s food. Over the years, it evolved into an interesting combination of residences, businesses, and industries. (979.461 Ob69s)

Bernal Heights District

Book Cover San Francisco's Bernal Heights
Bernal History Project; foreword by Carl Nolte 2007

Freeways and urban thoroughfares now bound the Bernal Heights neighborhood, once defined by the swamps and creeks of the original Mexican land grant. The legacy of Potrero Viejo, or old pasture, and the farms of the 19th and 20th centuries have developed into today’s passion for the preservation of open space. (979.461 Sa5788) (20 copies)

Castro District

Book Cover The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life & Times of Harvey Milk
Randy Shilts 2008, c1982

Known as "The Mayor of Castro Street" even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal life, public career, and assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. (B M5995sh 2008) (14 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Castro
Strange de Jim 2003

The Castro has been known since the 1970s as being the epicenter of the gay rights movement. This book shows the area’s growth from a smattering of Victorian houses built for working-class families in the 1870s to the flood of young gay men who settled in the neighborhood a century later. (979.461 D368s) (15 copies)

Chinatown

Him Mark Lai: Autobiography of a Chinese American Historian
Him Mark Lai; edited by Judy Yung with Ruthanne Lum McCunn and Russell C. Leong; forward by John Kuo Wei Tchen 2011

The renowned Dean of Chinese American History provides an intimate portrait of a San Francisco Chinatown family and community developments from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the McCarthy era of the 1950s, through the Asian American Studies Movement of the 1970s, to the present. (B L141h) (26 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History & Architecture
Philip P. Choy 2012

Both a history of America's oldest Chinese community and a guide to its significant sites and architecture, this book traces the development of the neighborhood from the city's earliest days to its post-quake transformation into an "oriental" tourist attraction as a pragmatic means of survival. (979.461 C4599s) (31 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Chinatown
Robert W. Bowen and Brenda Young Bowen 2008

Despite laws restricting Chinese immigration, Chinatown has thrived as a residential and commercial center. Designed for tourists and bearing little resemblance to real Chinese cityscapes, the streets, buildings, and residents have nonetheless been extensively documented in picture postcards, particularly from the 1890s to 1930s, the "Golden Age of Postcards." (979.461 B6758s) (23 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Chinatown
Judy Yung and the Chinese Historical Society of America 2006

San Francisco's Chinatown--the oldest, largest, and most famous Chinese enclave outside of Asia--is more than a tourist attraction. Since its birth in the 1850s, Chinatown has also been a residential neighborhood, business community, and cultural center for generations of Chinese Americans. (979.461 Y924s) (29 copies)

Excelsior District

Book Cover San Francisco's Excelsior District
Walter G. Jebe, Sr. 2004

Although not among San Francisco's "spotlight" neighborhoods, the Excelsior District is an important residential and commercial zone. This volume chronicles the Excelsior's intriguing tale of determined immigrant families putting down roots in a challenging locale and overcoming adversity to stake out a permanent enclave in this famed city. (979.461 J348s) (15 copies)

Fillmore District

A Dream Begun So Long Ago: The Story of David Johnson; Ansel Adams' First African American Student
Jacqueline Annette Sue 2012

In his 1946 classes at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), Ansel Adams advised David Johnson to photograph his own neighborhood and document the faces and places with which he was most familiar. He subsequently became an important chronicler of black life in San Francisco in the middle part of the 20th century. Now in his late 80s, Johnson is considered a pioneer as a photographer in the San Francisco Fillmore community. (4 copies on order)

Book Cover Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era
Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts 2006

This book reveals a forgotten slice of San Francisco history and the African-American experience on the West Coast: the thriving jazz scene of the Fillmore in the 1940s and 1950s. The archival photographs and oral accounts from the residents and musicians who experienced it will delight jazz fans and history aficionados. (979.461 P393h) (14 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Fillmore District
Robert F. Oaks; foreword by Christopher Caen 2005

Today's Fillmore District bears little resemblance to the cosmopolitan place it once was. This district, which has arguably changed more than any other in the city, once held a large Jewish settlement and a huge Japanese community, now centered in Japantown, but not as extensive as in the prewar years. (979.461 Oa49s) (10 copies)

Financial District

Book Cover San Francisco's Financial District
Christine Miller 2005

Some call it “Wall Street West,” while some just call it “downtown,” but San Francisco’s financial district is a long-running business powerhouse, home to scores of corporate headquarters, prominent law firms, restaurants, hotels, banks, the Pacific Stock Exchange, and striking waterfront views radiating outward from the landmark 1898 Ferry Building. (979.461 M6129s) (7 copies)

Glen Park and Diamond Heights

Book Cover San Francisco's Glen Park and Diamond Heights
Emma Bland Smith 2007

Only 120 years ago Glen Park and Diamond Heights were part of the Outside Lands, so isolated that only farmers would settle here. As peak-roofed wooden cottages and houses began to fill in the valleys, the urban, homey, and decidedly livable Glen Park known today began to emerge. (979.461 Sm557s) (27 copies)

Haight-Ashbury

Black Power: Flower Power
Photographs by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch; introduction by Jeff Gunderson; text by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Paul Liberatore 2012

Photographers Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch masterfully documented the early days of the Black Panther Party in the Bay Area. This significant movement changed the fabric of the United States and their photographs profoundly chronicle the influence on American social, political and cultural life. Baruch photographed the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love in 1967. (799.9322 J723b) (6 copies)

Book Cover The Haight Ashbury a history
Charles Perry 2005

In this acclaimed, definitive work, Charles Perry examines the history, the drama, and the energy of counter-culture’s defining moment. First published by Rolling Stone Press in 1984 and re-released with a new introduction by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir to time with Haight-Ashbury’s 40th anniversary, this work is a must-have for anyone interested in the original sex, drugs, and rock n roll lifestyle. (979.461 P429h 2005) (11 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury
Katherine Powell Cohen 2008

At the turn of the 20th century, the Haight-Ashbury gained prominence as the gateway to Golden Gate Park. Six decades later, it anchored the worldwide cultural revolution that blossomed in the 1960s. Though synonymous with peace, love, and living outside the mainstream, its history goes back long before the Summer of Love. (979.461 C6605s) (28 copies)

Book Cover The Summer of Love: Haight-Ashbury at Its Highest
Written and photographed by Gene Anthony; with foreword by Michael McClure 1995

The 30th anniversary edition tells, through photos and words, exactly what the psychedelic world of the Haight-Ashbury was like. (979.461 An867s 1995) (3 copies)

Japantown

Book Cover San Francisco's Japantown
The Japantown Task Force, Inc. 2005

The community of Japantown, with its graceful architecture of pagodas and fountains, has long been a vital part of San Francisco. Japantown--one of only three left in this country--began as Nihonjinmachi, or "Japanese People's Town," after the first Japanese arrived here in 1869. (979.461 Sa579) (9 copies)

Marina District

Book Cover San Francisco's Marina District
William Lipsky 2004

One of San Francisco's most picturesque neighborhoods, the Marina District is famous for its aesthetic and historic appeal. The Marina hosts a large number of Art Deco structures and the famed Palace of Fine Arts, a resplendent collection of buildings originally designed for the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915. (979.461 L669sa) (15 copies)

Mission District

Book Cover The Comic Book Guide to the Mission: A Cartoon Tour through San Francisco's Mission District
Collected and edited by Lauren Davis 2010

In the graphic novel two dozen artists and writers contribute their stories, drawings, and memories of a vibrant and ever-changing San Francisco neighborhood. (741.5697 C735) (22 copies)

Book Cover It Felt Like a Kiss: Glimpses of Art in the Mission District of San Francisco
Leena Prasad 2011

The Mission District of San Francisco has a vibrant artistic soul. This book explores some of that energy by looking at mural art, graffiti, puppetry, digital art, and more. This book originated as a series of columns in Mission arts monthly. (709.7946 P8865i) (7 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Mission District
Bernadette C. Hooper 2006

Named after Mission Dolores, San Francisco's oldest complete structure, the Mission District was settled by the Spanish in the late 1700s. After the gold rush, the district dramatically evolved into the diverse area of today, a bustling mix of immigrants from other states, Europe, and South and Central America. (979.461 H7661s) (38 copies)

Book Cover Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo
Edited by Annice Jacoby for Precita Eyes Muralists; foreword by Carlos Santana 2009

With 600 stunning photographs, this comprehensive book showcases more than three decades of street art in San Francisco's legendary Mission District. Since the 1970s, a provocative street-art movement combining elements of Mexican mural painting, surrealism, pop art, urban punk, eco-warrior, cartoon, and graffiti has flourished in this dynamic, multicultural community. (751.7309 St832) (27 copies)

Nob Hill

Book Cover San Francisco's Nob Hill
Katherine Powell Cohen 2010

With the Gold Rush of 1849, Nob Hill became a lookout point as ships brought thousands to San Francisco. Within the next 40 years, moguls and magnates built spectacular residences atop Nob Hill, which today is home to elegant hotels, a cathedral, and a variety of residents. (979.461 C6605sa) (32 copies)

Noe Valley

Book Cover Rancho San Miguel: A San Francisco Neighborhood History
Mae Silver 2001

Rancho San Miguel once comprised one-sixth of San Francisco, including the neighborhood now known as Noe Valley. This book covers the history of the change of land ownership from the time of the last Mexican Alcalde of Yerba Buena, Jose de Jesus Noe, to the present time. Filled with fine pictures, it brings the story of this land into sharp relief. (979.461 Si39r 2001) (14 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Noe Valley
Bill Yenne 2004

Named for Jose de Jesus Noe, San Francisco's last Mexican mayor, Noe Valley is a favorite San Francisco neighborhood and, with its Victorian homes, one of the most picturesque. The area became a San Francisco enclave situated away from the noise and bustle of the downtown and waterfront areas. (979.461 Y39sn) (11 copies)

North Beach and Telegraph Hill

Book Cover Broadway North Beach: The Golden Years: A Saloon Keeper's Tales
Dick Boyd; foreword by Margo St. James 2006

This book tells of a spirited yet simpler time in North Beach. Still a lively neighborhood, North Beach will never be quite what it was in the Golden Years. The book features stories and photos of the people and places that are part of the wonderful history of San Francisco. (979.461 B6924b) (10 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's North Beach and Telegraph Hill
Catherine A. Accardi 2010

North Beach and Telegraph Hill are among San Francisco's most charming and historic districts. In the early years, Mexican and Spanish settlements dotted the beach and the hill, and later Europeans immigrants and the Beat Generation added character. Architectural gems, such as famed landmark Coit Tower, decorate the slopes down to the bay, delighting residents and tourists alike. Many cafes and restaurants offer delicious foods, while the breathtaking views provide food for the soul. (979.461 Ac221s) (31 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Telegraph Hill
David F. Myrick 2001

Since its publication in 1972, San Francisco's Telegraph Hil" has been considered the definitive history of one of the San Francisco's oldest and most beloved neighborhoods. This edition features that fascinating account with all of the original photographs plus thirty-two new pages and many additional photographs. (917.9461 M997s 2001) (Need to order)

Ocean Beach

Book Cover Carville-by-the-Sea: San Francisco's Streetcar Suburb
Woody LaBounty 2009

The neighborhood began as a collection of unique individuals making houses out of scrapped streetcars in the sand dunes. This fascinating history illuminates this little-known San Francisco locale. (979.461 L1141c) (18 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Ocean Beach
Kathleen Manning and Jim Dickson 2003

Brief descriptions of approximately 200 archival photographs tell the history of Ocean Beach, including that of the first Cliff House and its successors, Adolph Sutro (who bought the area) and Sutro Heights, the Sutro Baths, attractions, the amusement park Playland at the Beach, and Fleishhacker Pool, playfield, and zoo. (979.461 M3163s) (17 copies)

Book Cover The San Francisco Cliff House
Mary Germain Hountalas with Sharon Silva 2009

The shifting fortunes of San Francisco's legendary Cliff House, from raucous seaside roadhouse to fanciful Victorian palace to world-renowned urban destination, are celebrated in this comprehensive illustrated history. Today's Cliff House, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is enjoying a renaissance following a two-year, multimillion-dollar restoration. (979.461 H815s) (28 copies)

Ocean View, Merced, Ingleside

Book Cover Ingleside Terraces: San Francisco Racetrack to Residence Park
Woody LaBounty 2012

In 1895, the Ingleside Racetrack opened as the most opulent horse racing venue west of the Mississippi River. Following the 1906 earthquake and fire, the track served as a refugee camp for the city’s most vulnerable. Joseph A. Leonard’s Urban Realty Improvement Company purchased the track in the early 1910s to create Ingleside Terraces, one of San Francisco’s first master-planned residence parks. (979.461 L1141i) (5 copies)

Book Cover OMI : Oceanview Merced Ingleside, San Francisco, California
OMI Business League 1998

The 1866-1998 OMI founders' days celebration held from September 28 to October 4, 1998, commemorated 132 years of family life in the Oceanview, Merced, and Ingleside communities. The book features historic illustrations and photographs along with essays on the history of area landmarks, schools, churches, libraries, and other social service organizations. (979.461 Om5) (6 copies)

Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights

Book Cover Gables and Fables: A Portrait of San Francisco's Pacific Heights
Anne Bloomfield and Arthur Bloomfield; illustrations by Kit Haskell 2007

The book pulls together 110 charming and often gossipy columns Anne Bloomfield wrote for Pacific Heights New Fillmore about different houses in this famous San Francisco neighborhood, including information about the houses' histories, architects (among them William Wurster and Julia Morgan) and residents. (728.3709 B6234g) (15 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights
Tricia O'Brien 2008

The prestige of Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights has long fascinated and awed San Francisco residents and visitors. The westward expansion of the city, followed by the addition of cable car lines, quickly transformed these once-barren outlands into gardens, schools, consulates, and homes, both extravagant and simple. (979.461 Ob69p)

Portola District

Book Cover San Francisco's Portola
Rayna Garibaldi 2007

Originally settled by Jewish immigrants, the Portola evolved into a community populated by nurserymen and their families who grew much of the city’s flowers. In recent years, community leaders have enacted programs to beautify the neighborhood and attract new businesses and families to this locale. (979.461 G182s) (16 copies)

Potrero Hill

Book Cover Potrero Hill
Peter Linenthal, Abigail Johnston 2009

Potrero Hill enjoys some of the city’s finest weather and most spectacular views. Once pastureland and home to immigrants working in the shipbuilding industries, Potrero Hill was long ignored by guidebooks. Now “The Hill” is regenerating, and these pages highlight what is gone and what remains on these sunny slopes. (917.9461 L6458p) (7 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Potrero Hill
Peter Linenthal, Abigail Johnston, and the Potrero Hill Archives Project 2005

Potrero Hill became the first industrial zone in San Francisco, with iron-smelting plants, butcheries, and shipbuilding dominating the waterfront during the late 19th century. The Hill has also been home to immigrants from around the world. Many factories and warehouses have now been converted into housing and offices for techies. (979.461 L6458s) (12 copies)

Presidio

Book Cover Post and Park: A Brief Illustrated History of the Presidio of San Francisco
Stephen A. Haller 1997

The Presidio of San Francisco fulfilled its mission to "serve and protect" the Pacific Coast for more than two centuries. Now part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it continues to protect some of the parks' endangered and threatened plant and animal species. (979.461 H153p) (11 copies)

Book Cover The Presidio: From Army Post to National Park
Lisa M. Benton 1998

An urban enclave with more than 800 buildings and 1,500 acres of land, the Presidio is also a beautiful expanse of lush landscapes, natural resources, and recreation areas. The arduous but successful conversion from U.S. Army base to National Park is chronicled in this provocative case study of urban environmentalism. (979.461 B446p) (7 copies)

Book Cover San Francisco's Presidio
Robert W. Bowen 2005

Bowen, a docent, brings three generations of his family's experience to this selection of photos, which are showcased along with his fine and thorough captioning. The Presidio, now The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, has been an integral part of San Francisco and of the Army's development. (355.7097 B6758s) (11 copies)

Richmond District

Book Cover San Francisco's Richmond District
Lorri Ungaretti 2005

San Francisco's Richmond District stretches from the city's urban core toward the cliffs of Land's End. Ungaretti, a San Francisco historian and tour guide, showcases vintage black and white photos of Richmond, chronicling the district's journey from sand dunes to the "city's playground" to the neighborhood it is today. (979.461 Un29sr) (26 copies)

South of Market

Book Cover City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco
Chester Hartman, with Sarah Carnochan 2002

Centering his account on the downtown Yerba Buena Center project, Hartman illuminates the conflicts of interest, ambitions, misrepresentations, extravagant promises, brutality, waste, incompetence, and sheer silliness that characterized the ill-fated American experiment called Urban Renewal and puts it into a social and economic context. (307.7609 H2555c 2002) (11 copies)

Book Cover Rincon Hill and South Park: San Francisco's Early Fashionable Neighborhood
Albert Shumate 1988

Rincon Hill, rising above Yerba Buena Cove in gold rush San Francisco, became home to its leading citizens from the 1850s to the 1870s. South Park, situated on its slopes, housed prosperous merchants and wealthy San Franciscans. A working-class area by the late nineteenth-century, the neighborhood suffered the destruction of its remaining original buildings in the 1906 earthquake and fire. (979.461 Sh92r) (6 copies)

Sunset District

Book Cover San Francisco's Sunset District
Lorri Ungaretti 2011

The Sunset District developed late because of its distance from downtown and because of the sand dunes that covered it for thousands of years. After 1900, as public transportation spread and the automobile became available, housing and streets soon began to cover the Sunset District dunes. (979.461 Un29s 2011) (42 copies)

Book Cover Stories in the Sand: San Francisco's Sunset District, 1847-1964
Lorri Ungaretti 2012

This Sunset District history, from the early settlers to a controversial statewide election, features more than 175 photographs and quotes from people who have lived in the neighborhood—including the adult children of the men who built the thousands of houses in the Sunset in the 1930s and 1940s. (10 copies)

The Tenderloin

Death in the Tenderloin: A Slice of Life from the Heart of San Francisco
Tom Carter, Marjorie Beggs and others; edited by Geoff Link 2012

These posthumous stories, taken from obituaries published in the Tenderloin newspaper, Central City Extra, are deeply revelatory about the people and the neighborhood. This book celebrates the Tenderloin at its most tender. (920.0974 C2468d) (3 copies)

San Francisco Tenderloin: True Stories of Heroes, Demons, Angels, Outcasts & a Psychotherapist
Larry Wonderling 2008

Clinical psychologist Wonderling introduces readers to residents of one of San Francisco's most historic, if disreputable, neighborhoods, using passionate prose and careful documentation to tell true stories more fascinating than fiction. (979.461 W845s 2008) (18 copies)

Visitacion Valley

Book Cover San Francisco's Visitacion Valley
Visitacion Valley History Project, Cynthia Cox ... [et al.] 2005

In early Visitacion Valley, windmills pumped water to irrigate fields, cattle farms, nurseries, and vegetable gardens, leading to the nickname “Valley of the Windmills.” The pastoral scenery gave way to a mix of housing and commerce. Today Visitacion Valley is one of the city’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. (979.461 Sa5794) (8 copies)

West of Twin Peaks

Book Cover San Francisco's West of Twin Peaks
Jacqueline Proctor 2006

Among the last areas to be developed in San Francisco, the West of Twin Peaks district occupies a lofty position on the slopes of Mount Davidson. This chronologically-arranged volume contains some 200 archival and captioned photographs of the district's beautiful homes, sweeping vistas, and prominent individuals. (979.461 P9415s) (17 copies)

West Portal

Book Cover San Francisco's West Portal neighborhoods
Richard Brandi 2005

Following the 1906 earthquake and fire, the San Francisco neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks--West Portal, Forest Hill, and St. Francis Wood--developed in accordance with a new aesthetic that called for respecting the contours of the land while providing for grand boulevards and detached homes with garden and lawns. (979.461 B7338s) (19 copies)