GENERAL SAN FRANCISCO IMAGES AND FILMS
Roy D. Graves Photo Collection at the Bancroft Library
So many wonderful old photos of San Francisco.
San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection
Large selection of photographs of various San Francisco locations/buildings.
Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916
Watch some great film footage online, from the American Memory project!
Online Archive of California
Many great historic San Francisco images.
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Lots of neat stereoviews of old San Francisco.
The Great Quake 1906-2006
Many photographs from the 1906 earthquake, courtesy the Chronicle's SFGate.
THE CLIFF HOUSE
The Cliff House Project
An enormous collection of photographs documenting this wonderful old building.
MUYBRIDGE PANORAMA OF SAN FRANCISCO, 1878
From the America Hurrah website
A full panoramic image taken by Eadweard Muybridge in 1877. Taken from atop Nob Hill, his photos show great detail of the city at that time.
From here on San Francisco Memories
An interactive QTVR of the Muybridge panorama.
NEWSPAPERS AND DIRECTORIES
SF Genealogy: Directories
Scanned and text versions of city, social and phone directories.
The San Francisco Call (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913
Full newspaper scans from the Library of Congress
California Digital Newspaper Collection
UCR Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research. Terrific searchable scans of articles from old papers.
SF Museum & Historical Society
Finally! San Francisco's own history museum -- soon to be located in the historic old Mint.
San Francisco History Center
Great resource for researching, here in the city's main public library.
California Historical Society
Another good place to visit for researching San Francisco's history, right in SF's SOMA district..
Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
Curated by Gladys Hansen, this website has thousands of pages of information and images pertaining to the history of San Francisco.
Golden Gate Park History at the Encyclopedia of San Francisco
A nice page on the history of the park and of the folks who played a part in its creation.
San Francisco City Guides
Terrific walking tours of San Francisco, featuring all sorts of locations and their histories.
San Francisco Bay Area Postcard Club
A great group of folks who meet monthly at Fort Mason to discuss and share postcards.
HISTORICAL LANDMARKS - SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
CERES listing of the landmarks, with descriptions describing each.
Nice listings of the official San Francisco historical landmarks, including photos of the plaques in place to commemorate them.
San Francisco Seals
History of the baseball team that played in San Francisco from 1903-1957.
A delightful podcast and blog, covering a variety of historic San Francisco subjects.
Sanborn Insurance Maps
Searchable scans mapping San Francisco buildings block by block, provided via the SF Public Library. (Library card required.)
McTeague - A Story of San Francisco
Frank Norris' classic drama about greed and its ultimate tragedy. Lots of wonderful early 1900's San Francisco locations described.
LISTS & LINKS
An extensive list of San Francisco history links.
Another great list of SF history links.