“.. all woman suffrage workers join our expression of special sorrow to that of public grief, realizing as we do, that when the Requiescat in Pace was uttered for his Grace, the Most Reverend Patrick William Riordan, we too had laid to rest a powerful friend.”
Alcalde Records (1823-1849) San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. Alcalde Records are digitized and available on Family Search.
"My name is Harvey Milk -- and I want to recruit you." Harvey Milk spoke these famous words at the 1978 Gay Day event. Milk became the first openly gay man to hold elected office in the state of California in 1978. He was assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, that same year. His speech will be on view at the Archives Crawl. Read more about Milks speeches here.
Speech 'Gay Day' (1978), Harvey Milk Archives -- Scott Smith Collection (GLC 35), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
Execution of Casey and Cora (1856), California Letter Sheet Collection (SFP 107), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
|San Francisco History Center Stereograph Collection, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library|
The Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC) at San Francisco State University will be a host site for the San Francisco Archives Crawl 2019. LARC documents the history of the Bay Area’s working people and unions. Established in 1985 through a collaborative effort of historians, labor leaders and academics, the Archives preserves and promotes the region’s rich working class history.
Committee for Support of International Trade Union Rights (solidarity efforts related to ending apartheid and the wars in Central America); the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board; Northern California Conference of the United Church of Christ (United Farm Worker organizing support); San Francisco chapter of the Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; and feminist labor groups Union W.A.G.E. and Tradeswomen.
The Labor Archives also has over 10,000 photographs, several thousand union and social movement posters, buttons and badges, as well as early 20th century union banners. LARC’s oral history project contains dozens of interviews documenting Golden Gate Bridge workers, LGBT labor activists, 2004 strike/lockout of UNITE HERE Local 2 hotel workers, faculty leaders of the 1968-1969 San Francisco State Strike, women breaking the gender line in non-traditional work, and Bay Area union and civil rights leaders.
The Environmental Design Archives holds more than 200 collections documenting the built and landscaped environment. These records span more than a century, 1890-2014, and contain primary source materials such as correspondence, reports, specifications, drawings, photographs, models, and artifacts. Though the archives' primary focus is the San Francisco Bay Area, designers and projects from throughout California, the United States, and the world are found in the collections.
William W. Wurster founded the Environmental Design Archives (then the Architectural Archives) in 1953 as a teaching collection, following the recommendation of eminent architectural historian Henry Russell Hitchcock. The personal papers and project records of Bernard Maybeck comprised the inaugural donation. In 1973 the Department of Landscape Architecture combined its collections with the Architectural Archives prompting the College of Environmental Design to adopt the name "Documents Collection." The collection became the Environmental Design Archives in 1999 in response to the establishment of a formal archival program. The Archives has become Northern California's premier collection of historic architecture and landscape architecture records.
Since its founding, the Archives has been directed or supported by faculty members. Architect Kenneth Cardwell (1953-1972) was initially responsible for managing the archives followed by Architectural Historian Stephen Tobriner (1973-2003). Designer/ author Marc Treib (2004-2014) served as the Faculty Curator following the establishment of the EDA by Curator Waverly B. Lowell (1998-2018) the first professional archivist.
Equally integral to the Archives are holdings in American and English landscape architecture. This element of the collection originates with the donation of Beatrix Jones Farrand's Reef Point Library to the Landscape Department in the 1950s. The donation included Farrand's own project records, the garden plans of English landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll, and the records of 'Garden Architect' Mary Rutherfurd Jay. The Archives also contains the records of the founders and practitioners of the modern California landscape such as Thomas D. Church, Garrett Eckbo, Douglas Baylis, Robert Royston/RHAA, and Geraldine Knight Scott. The “next generation” of landscape designers such as Richard Vignolo, Casey Kawamoto, Jack Stafford, Theodore Osmundson, and Walter Guthrie are also held by the Archives.
At this year's Archives Crawl the EDA will showcase some of the most well-known architects of the Bay Area over the last 100 years such as Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Willis Polk, and more! We will be showing facsimiles of some of our favorite drawings of the San Francisco/Bay Area which include several BART stations, the Levi Strauss Building, the Palace of Fine Arts, the International Building, and the Golden Gate Bridge to name a few. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our collections with you!