|Matchbook from the Roundhouse Restaurant, undated|
They offer glimpses into the daily life of our city across the generations. Their creases and marks and stains suggest the hands that held them at the event they were printed for, be it a bus trip, a performance, an exhibit, a grand opening, a dinner, or a protest.
Cocktail napkin from Cable Car Village, undated
Ephemera such as this can be found throughout the San Francisco History Center’s archival collections; however, the bulk of this kind of material may be found in our San Francisco Ephemera Collection. This collection of subject files stored in 153 filing cabinet drawers, is also known as the “vertical file” because items are stored upright in folders rather than bound in a book, covers all sorts of San Francisco topics and entities, dating from 1850 to the present: buildings, businesses, clubs and associations, restaurants, neighborhoods, streets, and more. A guide to the San Francisco Ephemera Collection, which lists the folders we can pull for researchers, can be found here.
Visit the San Francisco History Center on the 6th floor of the Main Library to explore these collections further. There’s nothing like paper-in-person!
|Old First Church Concerts poster, 1995|