Digital Collections

San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection: Search our database of over 45,000 digitized images--and growing.

COVID-19 Community Time Capsule: Archive of all types of materials, in multiple formats, to build a collection that documents and preserves the collective experiences of San Francisco residents during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Internet Archive: Search our digitized books, journals, magazines, government documents, and archives.

David Rumsey Map Collection: Includes our rare 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1938 San Francisco aerial photographs, and other materials. Coroner’s reports, funeral home records, probate records, and more. For full access, sign up for a free account.

California Light and Sound: A selection of San Francisco History Center's unique historical moving images and audio digitized and preserved by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).

Analog to Digital: A selection of San Francisco Public Library's audiovisual heritage digitized and preserved through a California State Library's LSTA grant.