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 50 other processed photograph collections and photograph albums 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.
Looking for a photograph of a building? Use the guide: How to Find Photographs of a San Francisco Building
Please note that viewing original photographs is limited to Tuesday and Thursday from 1-5pm; and Saturday from 10-noon and 1-5pm.
- 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.