San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection - 6th Floor

Closed Now

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States



Sun closed
Mon closed
Tue 1 - 5
Wed closed
Thu 1 - 5
Fri closed
Sat 10 - 12, 1 - 5

**Important information about access to archival collections

We are undergoing a major collection move to offsite storage through 2024. Access to materials may be limited. Most of the archival collections will be delayed when retrieving from April 2024 to November 2024. If you are planning a research visit, please contact San Francisco History Center to determine availability and options.


The Photo Desk is closed from 12–1pm on Saturday.

SF Digital Collections

The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, located in the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor, contains photographs and works on paper of San Francisco and California views from 1850 to the present. More about the collection

Class Visits and Tours

We welcome class visits and group tours of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection. If you are interested in bringing your class/group to visit, please contact us at least two weeks in advance at (415) 557-4359 or Let us know the name of your organization or school, what aspect of the photography collection would be of interest to your students/group, how many people in the group and which days and times you are available to come to the library.

Information For Donors

Gifts and donations are important elements in the development of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection. Interested donors should contact the Photo Curator for more information: (415) 557-4359 or