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San Francisco Subjects Photography collection,

Identifier: PC-SF: Box [number]
Contains photographs and picture postcards depicting scenes of San Francisco places, people and events. Each listing represents a file containing from one to more than fifty images. Some files may also include a small number of non-photographic reproductions and prints.

Includes images of places listed by category (parks, beaches, cemeteries, islands, etc.), types of establishments (banks, churches, hotels, saloons, etc.), specific buildings and structures (City Hall, Holmes Book Store, Jewish Home for the Aged, Golden Gate Bridge, etc.), as well as districts and neighborhoods (Mission District, Chinatown, North Beach). Views of San Francisco homes and street scenes are found under the headings for architecture-- domestic, and transportation. Also includes images depicting members of organizations (Bohemian Club, San Francisco Bicycle Club, Swedish Athletic Club, etc.) and social groups (Chinese, Italians, etc.), as well as general categories of people by occupation (butchers, labor, newsboys, police). Also includes photographs of events such as expositions and fairs, including the Panama Pacific International Exposition, holidays, parades, strikes, and the earthquake (1906). Images included here complement those found under the named streets and general views files in the San Francisco Streets Photography Collection.


  • 1850s-1980s
  • Majority of material found within ( 1870s-1970s)

Language of Materials


Physical Description



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


105 boxes, 28 oversize boxes (ca. 26,500 items)


Contains photographs and picture postcards depicting scenes of San Francisco places, people and events from the 1850 to the 1980s


Organized alphabetically by subject.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Acquisition Information

Consult repository

Physical Description



Contact Information:

  1. California Historical Society
  2. North Baker Research Library
  3. 678 Mission Street
  4. San Francisco, California 94105-4014
  5. Phone: (415) 357-1848, ext. 20
  6. Fax: (415) 357-1850
  7. Email:
  8. URL:
Processed by:
Trina Lopez, Wendy Welker, Brenda Baldwin, and Mary Morganti
Date Completed:
September 2003
Encoded by:
Guide to the San Francisco Subjects Photography Collection
Processed by Trina Lopez, Wendy Welker, Brenda Baldwin, and Mary Morganti.
© 2003
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Revision Statements

  • March 23, 2004: PUBLIC "-//California Historical Society::North Baker Research Library//TEXT (US::CHi::PC-SF: Box [number]::San Francisco Subjects Photography collection)//EN" "sfsubs.sgm" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.cdl.xsl (2004-09-16).

Repository Details

Part of the California Historical Society Repository

678 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105