San Francisco Archives Crawl: Counterculture & Social Protest

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Join the California Historical Society, San Francisco History Center, Labor Archives and Research Center & California State Library's Sutro Library at San Francisco State University, GLBT Historical Society, UCSF Archives & Special Collections and Levis Strauss & Co. Archives for San Francisco’s first Archives Crawl. The theme for the Crawl is Counterculture and Social Protest and we are celebrating in October which is Archives Month!

San Francisco’s Archives Crawl is designed to celebrate archives in the city and encourages guests to explore and engage with institutions that collect archival material. Visit institutions you may not have visited before, pose questions, learn more about what an archive is and what archivists do. Complete the Archives Crawl at 5:00PM with a beer and wine celebration in the California Historical Society Gallery.



12:00PM Crawl Begins

12:00-2:00PM Special Collections Viewing and Tours at Levi Strauss & Co. Archives. Location: The Vault Museum at Levi’s Plaza, 1155 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Meet Conservator/Archivist Stacia Fink and participate in special tours of The Vault at 12:30PM, 1:00PM, 1:30PM. See Levi Strauss & Co. Archives on display and talk to staff on hand!

12:00PM-5:00PM Visit SFPL's San Francisco History Center, California Historical Society & GLBT Historical Society, Labor Archives and Research Center & CSL's Sutro Library at SFSU, UCSF Archives & Special Collectionsand to view rarely seen collections connected to counterculture and social protest.

5:00-6:30PM Closing Reception at CHS (Please Reserve a Spot)!

Participating Organizations:

Tips for getting around the Archives Crawl:

  • Taking Public Transit is the best way to visit the spots on the Archives Crawl. Take the bus, MUNI, or BART to many of the locations.
  • Each institution may have tips on how to handle or view the materials. Remember to listen closely to the archivists and staff on hand.
  • Ask questions, listen to stories, and have fun!


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