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San Francisco History Center's Alien Enemy Registration Affidavits

The San Francisco History Center of the San Francisco Public Library is the archives for the City and County of San Francisco. Formed in 1964 as the Californiana Collection, the current San Francisco History Center holds a comprehensive, non-circulating research collection covering all aspects of San Francisco history (and, to a lesser extent, California and Western history) from the time of the area's earliest habitation to the present day. The material sheds light on many aspects of the City's history: its geography and architecture; its politics and government; the lives of citizens, both prominent and ordinary; and, the contributions of ethnic, cultural and social groups in creating the City's vibrant character.

The mission of the San Francisco History Center is to illuminate the founding, growth and development of the City by providing primary and secondary resources.
Located on the 6th floor of the Main Library, the Center serves all library users and levels of int…

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