The University of San Francisco Archive Room contains a variety of materials pertaining to the history of the institution since its foundation as Saint Ignatius Academy on Market Street in 1855. The majority of the collection items date from after 1906, when the institution lost all its buildings, libraries, laboratories, and their contents in a major earthquake and fire storm.
The Archive Room collection contains student sponsored annual books, the San Francisco Foghorn newspaper, literary publications, general university catalogs, commencement programs, student handbooks, sports programs, alumni association publications, fund drives promotional materials, architectural plans, photographs, and ephemera from general university life and the president’s office are available for viewing or research purposes in the archives.
The collection holdings include public records generated by the various administrative offices of the university arranged into 8 major record groups. There is a small collection of printed catalogs, plus some yearbooks and student publications that originated in the former San Francisco College for Women/Lone Mountain College. Public records of the university’s Labor-Management School (1946-1976) program are also available to researchers. There is access to photocopiers in the building.
Location: Gleeson Library Lower Level, Room 12
Hours: By Appointment
For research and access questions: please contact us here or phone: 415-422-5352.