List of Photo Collections

The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection database consists of images from the San Francisco History Center Subject Collection as well as a sampling from a variety of collections. There are a number of collections that belong to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection that have not been digitized and are available to view during Photo Desk open hours. A list of collections are below. In addition, over 30 other processed photograph collections have guides available on the Online Archive of California (OAC). Please search the lists below and the OAC. Finally, there are unprocessed photograph collections; please contact the Photo Curator for more information and access.

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Please note that viewing images is limited to Tuesday and Thursday from 1-5pm; and Saturday from 10-Noon and 1-5pm.

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San Francisco History Subject Collection
The San Francisco History Center Subject Collection consists of photographs, from the 1850s to the present.

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Marilyn Blaisdell Photograph Collection
This collection of over 17,000 prints and 8,000 negatives includes significant San Francisco photographers and landmarks

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San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue
This collection consists of over 1,200 cartons of photographs from news agencies and wire services filed with local photo studios and staff photographers documenting local, state, national and international events and locations.

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San Francisco Office of Assessor-Recorder Photographs
This collection was given to the History Center by the San Francisco Assessor's Office.

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San Francisco Department of Public Works Albums
The collection consists of over 95 photograph albums from 1907 to the 1930s depicting the Department of Public Works (DPW) projects

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Digital Collection
The PUC online collection includes over 300 images, spanning 1887 to 1968.

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Shades of San Francisco

Shades of San Francisco is a community history photography project of the San Francisco History Center.

SF History Panoramic Collection

San Francisco History Center Panorama Collection
The collection consists of over 200 panoramas of mostly 20th century San Francisco views

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San Francisco History Center Stereograph Collection
Stereographs are two photographs mounted side by side and appear three-dimensional when inspected with a viewer

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San Francisco History Center Cabinet Card Collection
The collection of over 300 cabinet cards includes significant San Francisco studios such as Elite, Bradley & Rulofson, and Houseworth

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Willard E. Worden Glass Plate Negative Collection
The collection contains 432 glass plate negatives taken by San Francisco photographer Willard E. Worden ca. 1911-1912.