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San Francisco

San Francisco: Paris of the WestCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2016
Aerial view of San Francisco, California, at dusk
Originally a Spanish (later Mexican) mission and pueblo, it was conquered by the United States in 1846 and by an invading army of prospectors following the 1848 discovery of gold in its hinterland. The Gold Rush made San Francisco a cosmopolitan metropolis with a frontier edge. In early 1900s the city tried to remake itself into a grand and modern Paris of the West.
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Stained glass in Neiman Marcus store, San Francisco, California

Stained glass in Neiman Marcus store, San Francisco, California

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. This stain glass in Neiman Marcus on Union Square, was once in The City of Paris store. The architectural centerpiece of the building is the original rotu... more

Detail of a historic car with license plates from the 1940s. San Francisco, California

Detail of a historic car with license plates from the 1940s. San Franc...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... more

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Street names commemorate two early San Francisco leaders: Pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight and Munroe Ashbury. The district is noted for its role ... more

Jeu des habitans de Californie

Jeu des habitans de Californie

Native women watching men play game, possibly related to gambling, at a mission near San Francisco, California.

City hall, San-Francisco, Cal. / Lith. & publ. by Quirot & Co., corner California and Montgomery Sts., S. Francisco.

City hall, San-Francisco, Cal. / Lith. & publ. by Quirot & Co., corner...

Pictorial lettersheet shows early San Francisco city hall, formerly Jenny Lind Theatre, between El Dorado Hotel and The Union; with attached blank leaf. Title from item. Baird, California pictorial letter sheet... more

[San Francisco, 1851, from Rincon Hill]

[San Francisco, 1851, from Rincon Hill]

J141156 U.S. Copyright Office Reproduction of daguerreotypes likely taken prior to April 22, 1851. Date based on the presence of the steamer "C.M. Weber," which was in San Francisco for repairs. Sections missin... more

James Stuart hung by the vigilance committee on Market St. wharf on the 11th of July 1851 ; Immense multitude present - 500 of the vigilance committee on duty at the execution / / Publ. & lith. by Justh Quirot & Co., Calif. corn. Montg. Sts. S.F.

James Stuart hung by the vigilance committee on Market St. wharf on th...

Pictorial lettersheet shows man hanging from scaffolding surrounded by spectators; with attached blank leaf. Title from item. Baird, California pictorial letter sheets, no. 121. Accession box no. DLC/PP-2011:179.13

Route of the Pacific and Atlantic Rail Road between San Francisco, & San Jose, as located by Wm. J. Lewis, Chief Engineer, in Sept. Oct. & Nov. 1851.

Route of the Pacific and Atlantic Rail Road between San Francisco, & S...

Map of the coast between San Francisco and San Jose showing roads, property owners, streams, and relief by hachures.

Map of San Francisco...for Banker's City Directory

Map of San Francisco...for Banker's City Directory

Street and block map; no illus. Illus. in: F869.S3A18 1852-53, p. 31. No ref. copy. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Geogr.; Maps.

Chinese settlement in the suburbs of San Francisco, California / ... F. Hickock(?).

Chinese settlement in the suburbs of San Francisco, California / ... F...

Humble dwellings along bay. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1856 June 21, p. 21.

Building of the iron clad Monitor CAMANCHE, San Francisco, Front View

Building of the iron clad Monitor CAMANCHE, San Francisco, Front View

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 154. LOT subdivision subject: USS Monitor Camanche Ironside ship built in San Francisco. This reco... more

San Francisco from Russian Hill-- Telegraph Hill--Goat Island

San Francisco from Russian Hill-- Telegraph Hill--Goat Island

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 434. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

San Francisco from Rincon Hill, looking North

San Francisco from Rincon Hill, looking North

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 373. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

From corner Green and Kearny Streets, San Francisco, looking Northwest

From corner Green and Kearny Streets, San Francisco, looking Northwest

Church and other buildings. The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 194. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record... more

Wells, Fargo and Company's Ex. Office, San Francisco, corner Montgomery and California Streets

Wells, Fargo and Company's Ex. Office, San Francisco, corner Montgomer...

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 170. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco Commercial Buildings (Business, Hotel, etc). This reco... more

San Francisco, from corner of Powell and Pine Streets, looking South

San Francisco, from corner of Powell and Pine Streets, looking South

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 524. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

Nucleus Hotel, corner 3rd and Market Streets, San Francisco, California

Nucleus Hotel, corner 3rd and Market Streets, San Francisco, Californi...

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 556. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco Commercial Bldgs (Businesses, Hotels, etc.). This reco... more

San Francisco, Calif. - China Town, Sacramento St.

San Francisco, Calif. - China Town, Sacramento St.

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 392. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco Chinatown. This record contains unverified data from o... more

San Francisco, Calif. - Chy Lung & Co.'s store, Sacramento St.

San Francisco, Calif. - Chy Lung & Co.'s store, Sacramento St.

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 391. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco Chinatown. This record contains unverified data from o... more

Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Instantaneous

Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Instantaneous

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 148. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

Montgomery Street, San Francisco - From Market Street

Montgomery Street, San Francisco - From Market Street

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 149. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

San Francisco, from Corner of 2nd and Folsom Streets

San Francisco, from Corner of 2nd and Folsom Streets

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 378. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

First Street, San Francisco, looking North--Telegraph Hill in the distance

First Street, San Francisco, looking North--Telegraph Hill in the dist...

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 455. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

Lick House, Montgomery Street, San Francisco,

Lick House, Montgomery Street, San Francisco,

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 142. LOT subdivision subject: Commercial Buildings. This record contains unverified old data from ... more

Montgomery Street, San Francisco, instantaneous, from Eureka Theatre

Montgomery Street, San Francisco, instantaneous, from Eureka Theatre

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 150. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco General Views. This record contains unverified old dat... more

Untitled (San Francisco)

Untitled (San Francisco)

Artist: Unknown artist.Creation Date: 19th century.Process: albumen print.Credit Line: Gift of Cam and Wanda Garner.Accession Number: 2001.019.014

Alcatraz from California Street

Alcatraz from California Street

Book Title: part of 3 sections / San Francisco Panorama.Artist: Carleton Watkins.Artist Bio: American, 1829 - 1916.Creation Date: c. 1880.Print Date: c. 1880.Process: albumen print.Credit Line: Gift of Prentice... more

The City from California Street

The City from California Street

Book Title: part of 3 sections / San Francisco Panorama.Artist: Carleton Watkins.Artist Bio: American, 1829 - 1916.Creation Date: ca. 1880.Print Date: ca. 1880.Process: albumen print.Credit Line: Gift of Prenti... more

The banner in the grand procession

The banner in the grand procession

Illus. in: Souvenir, presented by Department of New York, to Department of California, Grand Army of the Republic, at National Encampment, San Francisco, Cal., August 1886, p. 47. Copyright by Grand Army Publishing Co.

Golden Gate from Berkeley Heights

Golden Gate from Berkeley Heights

Title from item. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "51311". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pgz

The Seal Rocks, Cliff House, San Francisco

The Seal Rocks, Cliff House, San Francisco

Title from item. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "51136". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pgz

The lodge, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Cal.

The lodge, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Cal.

Title from item. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "51266". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pgz

Market Street, San Francisco, Cal.

Market Street, San Francisco, Cal.

Photograph shows cable cars, pedestrians, and "Welcome" arch on Market Street.

Market Street, San Francisco

Market Street, San Francisco

Photograph shows the Call Building, currently named Central Tower, Market Street, San Francisco, with people, trolleys, and horse-drawn wagons on the street. Title from item.

Surf near the Golden Gate, San Francisco

Surf near the Golden Gate, San Francisco

Copyright 1901 by Detroit Photographic Co. Title from item. Caption for similar image in (LOT 9062) lists title as: [San Francisco, Cal.] Surf near the Golden Gate. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "53901". Forms par... more

The Golden Gate, San Francisco

The Golden Gate, San Francisco

Copyright 1901 by Detroit Photographic Co. Title from item. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "51398". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available at... more

Sunday afternoon, Golden Gate Park, S. F.

Sunday afternoon, Golden Gate Park, S. F.

Photograph shows groups of people resting on the lawn, crowds of people riding in horse and carriages, and in the distance a monument. No. 53. Title from item.

The beach and Cliff House, San Francisco

The beach and Cliff House, San Francisco

Photo shows a crowd on the beach in the foreground, with the Cliff House in the background. H18445 U.S. Copyright Office Title from item. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

[Frances Benjamin Johnston, with Maddie (her mother), 1903, with a painted backdrop of the Cliff House in San Francisco, California ]

[Frances Benjamin Johnston, with Maddie (her mother), 1903, with a pai...

Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

Chinatown, San Francisco, Ca., 1903

Chinatown, San Francisco, Ca., 1903

Three Chinese children walking on sidewalk in foreground. Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection. Caption card tracings: Ph... more

Panorama of San Francisco

Panorama of San Francisco

H48682 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; Chas. Weidner; July 29, 1904.

Panorama of San Francisco, Cal. from Hopkins Institute

Panorama of San Francisco, Cal. from Hopkins Institute

H50341 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; Edward H. Mitchell; September 12, 1904. Copyright claimant's address: San Francisco, Cal.

Photograph of Union Street Car Line After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Photograph of Union Street Car Line After the 1906 San Francisco Earth...

Original Caption: No. 22. Union Street car line - showing displacement of made ground...Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From: Committee P... more

Photograph of the Effect of Earthquake on Houses After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Photograph of the Effect of Earthquake on Houses After the 1906 San Fr...

Original Caption: Photograph of the Effect of Earthquake on Houses Built on Loose or Made Ground After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946... more

Grand & Palace

Grand & Palace

Smoke coming from burning structure at intersection of Grand and Palace streets after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Copyright by Pillsbury Picture Co. No. 11.

Observatory G.G. Park.

Observatory G.G. Park.

Title: Observatory G.G. Park...Alternative Title: Observatory, Golden Gate Park . .Creator: Stoddard ..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin sil... more

Photograph of a Typical Bread Line in the Early Stages of Relief Distribution After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Photograph of a Typical Bread Line in the Early Stages of Relief Distr...

Original Caption: Photograph of a Typical Bread Line in the Early Stages of Relief Distribution After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)... more

Photograph of a Group Cooking on a Stove in the Street After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Photograph of a Group Cooking on a Stove in the Street After the 1906 ...

Original Caption: No. 50. Chimneys were destroyed and cooking in houses was prohibited...Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From: Committee ... more

Court House Redwood City.

Court House Redwood City.

Title: Court House Redwood City...Alternative Title: Courthouse, Redwood City..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin sil... more

Section of long line of refugees awaiting distribution of meat - East to Market St. from 14th and Sanchez, burned portion, [earthquake and fire], San Francisco, Calif.

Section of long line of refugees awaiting distribution of meat - East ...

H78600 U.S. Copyright Office Stereo copyrighted by C.L. Wasson. Caption card tracings: Photog. Index; Ca. SF Earthquake; Shelf.

Hall of Justice on Kearney St.

Hall of Justice on Kearney St.

Title: Hall of Justice on Kearney St...Alternative Title: Hall of Justice on Kearney Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic prin... more

Girl's High School Scott St.

Girl's High School Scott St.

Title: Girl's High School Scott St...Alternative Title: Girl's High School, Scott Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: ... more

Valencia St.

Valencia St.

Title: Valencia St...Alternative Title: Valencia Street . .Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 c... more

Panorama of the ruined business district of San Francisco

Panorama of the ruined business district of San Francisco

H78168 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; Frank S. Patton; May 25, 1906; DLC/PP-1906:42933. Copyright claimant's address: 1462 7th St., Oakland, Cal.

Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F.

Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F.

Title: Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F...Alternative Title: Observatory, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco ..Creator: Stoddard ..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographi... more

Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F.

Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F.

Title: Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F...Alternative Title: Observatory, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco ..Creator: Stoddard ..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographi... more

[People sitting in street in front of ruins from earthquake, San Francisco, California]

[People sitting in street in front of ruins from earthquake, San Franc...

H77088 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Leo G. Altmayer.

Valencia St. Bet. 18 and 19th

Valencia St. Bet. 18 and 19th

Title: Valencia St. Bet. 18 and 19th..Alternative Title: Valencia Street Between 18th and 19th . .Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photog... more

Howard St. Bet. 17 and 18th

Howard St. Bet. 17 and 18th

Title: Howard St. Bet. 17 and 18th..Alternative Title: Howard Street Between 17th and 18th..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print... more

End view of the magnificent City Hall, showing wreck caused by the fire and earthquake, San Francisco, Calif. Disaster

End view of the magnificent City Hall, showing wreck caused by the fir...

Artist seated in rubble, painting scene. Stereo copyrighted by R.E. Steele. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. Index; Artists at work; Ca. SF Earthquake; Shelf.

[Two men cleaning street, horse-drawn wagon and damaged buildings in the background, after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake]

[Two men cleaning street, horse-drawn wagon and damaged buildings in t...

Title devised by Library staff. Inscribed in lower right corner: 7. Published in: Viewpoints; a selection from the pictorial collections of the Library of Congress .... Washington : Library of Congress ..., 197... more

Chapel At Stanford Uni'ty.

Chapel At Stanford Uni'ty.

Title: Chapel At Stanford Uni'ty...Alternative Title: Chapel At Stanford University..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelat... more

Howard Cor. Spear

Howard Cor. Spear

Title: Howard Cor. Spear..Alternative Title: Howard Corner At Spear..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x ... more

Library, Stanford Unit'y. Palo Alto.

Library, Stanford Unit'y. Palo Alto.

Title: Library, Stanford Unit'y. Palo Alto...Alternative Title: Library, Stanford University, Palo Alto..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photo... more

Photograph of the West Front of the New Chronicle Building Showing Damage by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, 1906

Photograph of the West Front of the New Chronicle Building Showing Dam...

Original Caption: Photograph of the West Front of the New Chronicle Building Showing Damage by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, 1906..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..Fr... more

Youth's Directory 19th St.

Youth's Directory 19th St.

Title: Youth's Directory 19th St...Alternative Title: Youth's Directory, 19th Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gela... more

Ruins of Stanford Mansion and Hopkins Art Institute, San Francisco, Cal.

Ruins of Stanford Mansion and Hopkins Art Institute, San Francisco, Ca...

Group of men and women on sidewalk in front of ruins. H77406 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Detroit Publishing Co. No. 019239.

Effect of the earthquake on dwelling houses, San Francisco, Calif.

Effect of the earthquake on dwelling houses, San Francisco, Calif.

Photograph by the Detroit Publishing Co. No. 9348; no orig. negatives. Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Captio... more

[Block of burned buildings in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake with fire truck spraying water on them]

[Block of burned buildings in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake ...

H78972 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by J.G. Munson.

[San Francisco in flames]

[San Francisco in flames]

Photo copyrighted by A.L. Murat. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf. San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906.

[Calif. - San Francisco - Earthquake & fire, 1906 "Ruins on Kearney St. near Post]

[Calif. - San Francisco - Earthquake & fire, 1906 "Ruins on Kearney St...

Photo copyrighted by Pillsbury Picture Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

[Palace Hotel on fire, San Francisco, California, during earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906]

[Palace Hotel on fire, San Francisco, California, during earthquake an...

Copyright by Pillsbure [i.e. Pillsbury] Picture Co. No. 10.

Golden Gate Ave, Near Hyde St.

Golden Gate Ave, Near Hyde St.

Title: Golden Gate Ave, Near Hyde St...Alternative Title: Golden Gate Avenue, Near Hyde Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic p... more

Jones and Market.

Jones and Market.

Title: Jones and Market...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_80_jones_sm_opt... more

San Francisco from Captive Air Ship over San Francisco Bay

San Francisco from Captive Air Ship over San Francisco Bay

H111814 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright claimant's address: Chicago. Copyright deposit; Geo. R. Lawrence Co.; May 15, 1908.

San Francisco from captive airship, 1908

San Francisco from captive airship, 1908

H111013 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; Geo. R. Lawrence Co.; May 25, 1908. Copyright claimant's address: Chicago.

Exposition site on San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate

Exposition site on San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate

Panorama is on page 92 of album. Forms part of Whitelaw Reid Collection. Transfer; LC Manuscript Division (Whitelaw Reid Papers); 1958; 11275 (MSS).