Society of California Pioneers Library

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Established in 1850, The Society of California Pioneers is a not-for-profit museum, library, and cultural organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and appreciation of early California history. They have over 10,000 books, manuscripts, maps, journals, newspapers, and autobiographical materials related to the early history of California. Research visits are free, but only by prior appointment. Call the number below to schedule.

Pioneer Hall – the Society's public museum – also requires a prior appointment.

Founding members of the Society were asked in 1900 to write autobiographies and include information about their journey westward. Those Autobiographies And Reminiscences Of Early Pioneers: 1900-1904 are available online at

Society of California Pioneers Library
101 Montgomery Street, Suite 150
Presidio of San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-957-1849
Fax: 415-957-1849

Pioneers collection has Spanish and Mexican eras materials, records about pioneer travels overland and around the Horn, the Gold Rush and later mining ventures, urbanization and the construction of the railroads, 1906 earthquake, biographical information and county files and indexes on early pioneers and notables, local histories, directories, diaries, papers, maps, newspapers, periodicals and California history to 1900.[1] [2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 19 and 21. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Library and Special Collections in Society of California Pioneers (accessed 7 May 2014).