National Archives at San Francisco

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National Archives at San Francisco

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



Leo J. Ryan Memorial Federal Building
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, California 94066-2350

Telephone:[1]  650-238-3501

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., with extended hours on Wednesday until 5:30 P.M. Closed weekends and federal holidays.

Directions and public transportation:[2]

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Over 70,000 cubic feet of records 1850s to 1980s, and some recent as the early 2000s. These records were generated by the Federal courts and more than 100 Federal agency field offices in:

  • California (northern and central)
  • Nevada (except Clark County)
  • Hawaii
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Marshall Islands
  • Caroline Islands (now Federated States of Micronesia)
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • U.S. Navy bases on foreign territory in the Pacific and Far East.

They have the resources for studying Asian-Pacific immigration, environmental and natural history, naval and military activity in the Pacific, the American Indian experience, and many other aspects of United States history.[1] Genealogical records include federal censuses and some indexes, censuses for American Samoa and American Indians in California and Nevada, the Five Civilized Tribes, San Francisco passenger arrivals, maritime records for west coast ports, Revolutionary War service records, bounty land warrants, and naturalizations, naturalization indexes for San Francisco, Honolulu, and Reno.[3]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • A researcher I.D. card is required. To obtain it you must show photo identification, and fill out a form showing your name, address, telephone number, and a brief description of the proposed research topic.
  • Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Pacific Region San Francisco staff.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at San Francisco, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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  • Bancroft Library, Berkeley, premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, religious and Utopian communities, and ethnic communities.
  • Sutro Library, San Francisco, most extensive genealogy collection west of Salt Lake City.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The National Archives at San Francisco in National Archives (accessed 29 October 2013).
  2. National Archives at San Francisco Directions in National Archives (accessed 29 October 2013).
  3. Genealogy Research in National Archives (accessed 29 October 2013).