Reference Books

  • Here Today: SF's Architectural Heritage
    Created by the Junior League of SF, the 1968 historic building survey is a seminal work that still informs the preservation community. (Free to digitally borrow with login)
  • San Francisco Relief Survey
    The organization and methods of relief used after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. The definitive reference to San Francisco's efforts after the 1906 Earthquake.
  • Splendid Survivors
    Created by SF Heritage, this is a 1979 historic building survey of Downtown and South of Market Buildings. (Free to digitally borrow with login)
  • White Front Cars of San Francisco
    Charles Smallwood's seminal reference to the history of the Market Street Railway, a private transit company acquired by Muni in 1944 - Charles Smallwood

About is a project of David Gallagher to collect useful San Francisco and Bay Area history resources for researchers and the general public.