The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection consists of approximately 2 million photographs within various collections. There are over 60 processed photograph collections and photograph albums with finding guides available on the Online Archive of California (OAC).
Search the processed photograph collections on Online Archive of California:
A few photograph collections have their guides listed below. 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
Interested in what’s been digitized? Explore DigitalSF.
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.