San Francisco History Center Subject Collections

The San Francisco History Center Subject Collections consist of photographs and works on paper, from the 1850s to the present. These collections include views of San Francisco street scenes, buildings, and neighborhoods, as well as photographs of famous San Francisco personalities. A large part of this collection consists of the photograph morgue of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper, dating from the 1920's-1965, when the collection was donated to the library. These lists include photographs and works on paper that have not been digitized.

The San Francisco Subject Collection is arranged alphabetically by subject heading. Famous San Francisco people are separated in the Portraits guide. San Francisco Line Drawings consists of works on paper. Use the guides to request photographs and works on paper during the open hours of the Photo Desk. Thousands of the photographs in the subject guide have been added to the online database. Start with a keyword search in the San Francisco Digital Collections.

Picture bride Yook Gee (Precious Pearl), ca. 1898