California Historical Society in San Francisco

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The California Historical Society is California's official state historical society and is located in San Francisco, California at 678 Mission Street (between 3rd Street and Annie Street)

History and collections

The California Historical Society was founded in 1871. The Society is located statewide, is privately funded, and is a nonprofit organization. The Society operates the North Baker Research Library containing a collection of manuscripts, maps, posters, printed ephemera, books, and pamphlets. The library also features various works by Eadweard Muybridge and Ansel Adams. The Society publishes California History, an academic journal.


The Society's museum galleries are open on Wednesday through Saturday in the afternoon. Exhibits are drawn from the society's collection of historic documents, photographs and fine art.


The Library is open Wednesday though Friday, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

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