Archives and Manuscript Collections

The San Francisco History Center holds archival collections pertaining to the history of the City and, to a lesser extent, to the San Francisco Bay Area and California. As the official  Archives for the City and County of San Francisco, it offers access to archival records from San Francisco Police, Public Health, Public Works, and other City  departments and agencies, along with Mayoral papers.

Archival collections also include records of local organizations and businesses, as well as personal papers and manuscripts of both well-known and unknown individuals and families. The San Francisco History Center also holds archival collections for the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center.

Most of the San Francisco History Center and Gay & Lesbian Center's archival collections can be accessed via their collection guides--or finding aids--published on the Online Archive of California (OAC), and/or via the San Francisco Public Library online catalog.

Partially processed or unprocessed collections are often open for research, depending on physical condition and search-ability; please ask Reading Room staff at the desk for assistance with these collections.

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