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Guide to Researching San Francisco: Using digital archives

This guide offers some ideas on where to find information on San Francisco. Some of them are general research tips, but many are specific to San Francisco.

Online archives

Many institutions have made parts of their archival collections available online. You might have to search through a few sites, but you are likely to find some great materials to use for your research including primary sources, maps, and photographs.

San Francisco archives

Library of Congress

California History archives

These sites focus on the history of California, but are likely to have information about San Francisco. They have photos, primary and secondary sources, and maps.