Water Resource Collections and Archives


San Francisco Water Supply: Sources of Information

San Francisco Water Supply: Sources of Information

San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Susan Goldstein, City Archivist
Phone: 415-557-4563
Fax: 415-437-4849
Email: sgoldstein[at]sfpl.org

About the Collection
Description of San Francisco water-related materials:
Numerous publications, particularly government documents and reports, many issued by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Recent materials include links to current agendas and drafts of the SFPUC. Materials also include older legal cases and publications from the Spring Valley Water Company.

Extensive clippings from the San Francisco Examiner newspaper morgue, along with all the city newspapers on microfilm.

The Department of Public Works Photograph Collection consists of 97 photograph albums that detail all city projects undertaken from 1909 through the 1940's. This collection includes extensive documentation of the building of Hetch Hetchy, as well as the construction of water infrastructure (pipes, cisterns) throughout the city.

Time Period: 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present
Types of Material: Architectural Drawings, Books, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Government Documents, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Maps, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Photographs, Serials, Slides, Statistical Data, Technical Drawings

Open to the Public? Yes
Reservations Required? No
Public Fee? No
Hours: See website for varying hours
Open to Scholars? Yes
Reservations Required: No
Scholars Fee? No
Hours: See website for varying hours

Access Procedures:
Circulating material can be checked out with an SFPL library card. Reference material can be used onsite with appropriate ID. Photocopiers available. Patrons can bring in digital cameras. Photos can be reproduced by SFPL. Wireless computer access available throughout the building.

Collection Management Information
Most materials are catalogued on our OPAC, available at http://www.sfpl.org. Photographs are available through the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection homepage, located at http://sfpl.org/librarylocations/sfhistory/sfphoto.htm

Digital Formats:
(See Historical Photograph Collection, above).


Submitted: 3/3/2007
Last Updated:3/3/2007

Last modified: 5/31/2011 4:06 PM by S. Haren

UCR Contact Information

Water Resources Collections and Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th Floor
PO Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, CA 92517-5900

Tel: 951-827-3233    Fax: 951-827-4673    email Email

CSUSB Contact Information

Water Resources Institute, CSUSB
Boykin Witherspoon III, Institute Director
California State University, San Bernardino
PL-401 5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino CA 92407-2318

Tel: 909-537-3685    email Email