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  • Artists File | SFPL
    Newspaper clippings, announcements of gallery shows, obituaries, magazine articles, or exhibit catalogs featuring artists and architects who have lived or worked in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Biographical Information Guide
    How to find biographical information at SFPL
  • Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection | SFPL
    Index to over 10,000 popular songs from the Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection at the San Francisco Public Library.
  • Fakebooks | SFPL
    Database of fakebooks in the reference collection of San Francisco Public Library. Fakebooks are printed music collections that contain simplified versions of songs and instrumental music.
  • Genealogy Resources | SFPL
    General Collections and Humanities Center on the 3rd floor of the Main Library maintains a thorough circulating and library-use-only print collection of materials that can aid the amateur genealogist.
  • Jobs & Careers Resources | (SFPL)
    Find here an array of resources related to jobs and careers, such as eBooks, electronic databases, library created video tutorials, online guides, classes and special events scheduled in the library.
  • Newspaper Clipping Files | SFPL
    Clippings of the daily and Sunday editions of the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle. Other publications include the Bay Guardian, S.F. Arts Monthly, Nob Hill Gazette, SF Weekly and the Independent, and several neighborhood newsletters. In addition to newspaper clippings, these files contain catalogues, programs, schedules and brochures.
  • Northern California Composers | SFPL
    Listing of composers active in Northern California since the 1840s. All names included may be found in dictionaries and directories - both published and unpublished - from 1934 to the present
  • Orchestral Music Sets | SFPL
    Library users can use the sets within the Library. Sets are loaned to organizations that have established agreements with the Art, Music and Recreation Center of the San Francisco Public Library.
  • Searching for Songs | SFPL
    Locating songs can be very simple or can require detailed research. Because no single approach is complete, a number of different strategies are offered for finding and verifying the titles of popular songs.