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About These Photos

These historical images of San Francisco primarily come from one collector who wishes to remain anonymous. The collection may be the greatest in private hands, amounting to over 100,000 negatives and prints. OpenSFHistory is a program created by the nonprofit organization, Western Neighborhoods Project, to share these images, and those from similar private collections, with the world. More information at About OpenSFHistory


  • Mime Troupe Gorilla Band: A Closer Look - Jul 24, 2017
    by Woody LaBounty

    A closer look at an OpenSFHistory image. There is joy and delight in this image from 1968. Read More...
  • The San Franciscans: E. B. and Minerva Power - Jul 16, 2017
    by Nicole Meldahl

    Researching a local found in an OpenSFHistory image. As we research the places and faces found in our OpenSFHistory archives, we get to meet the people who built San Francisco. Read More...
  • Homewood Terrace: A Closer Look - Jul 10, 2017
    by Woody LaBounty

    A closer look at an OpenSFHistory image. In the early twentieth century, the Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum at Divisadero and Hayes Streets had over 200 residents, and the aging building was not keeping up with the growing demands on the facility. Read More...
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