|Communist demonstrators in front of German consulate,|
1937, Call Bulletin photo
|Fireman on the Embarcadero Freeway near Front St., 1959,|
San Francisco News photo
The San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue (SFP 39) represents the working files created and used by the newspapers’ staff between the 1920s and September 1965. It consists primarily of images from news agencies and wire services depicting local, state, national and international events and people; together with photographs by local staff photographers, studio portraits, and promotional photographs supplied to the newspapers by families or agencies. Political, social, and cultural leaders, crime victims and suspects, celebrities, athletes and sporting events, accident scenes and victims, street scenes, shipping and waterfront views, and buildings are among the common subjects. This collection is one of the richest sources of historical news photographs documenting San Francisco’s modern development.
Upon receipt of the collection in 1966, photographs of San Francisco places and portraits of local, famous individuals were separated and transferred to the San Francisco History Room (now the San Francisco History Center). These photographs were interfiled with additional photographs from many other sources to form the base of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection. In the late 1980s, the rest of San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue was transferred to the San Francisco History Center. The San Francisco News-
Call Bulletin Photo Morgue does make up the bulk of the San Francisco History Subject Collection. However, the morgue also includes statewide, national, and international subjects and people that have not been digitized or cataloged. There are over 1,200 cartons of photographs in off-site storage and the majority of the photographic print files remain in their original order, as received by the library. The files that were not broken up and distributed to library subject files are divided into nine series, with an alphabetic code assigned to each series. Five series are from The Call Bulletin
and The News-Call Bulletin and four series are the files of
The San Francisco News. Since these two groupings represent the files of
separate newspapers over a roughly parallel period, there is
significant overlap in content. All of the series include interfiled Call Bulletin staff photographs,
submitted photographs (studio portraits or promotional photos), and wire
or news agency photographs (news wire service photographs include Acme, Associated Press and International News). Approximately 40% of the "People" files
and probably up to 90% of some geographic files are from news agencies.
Researchers may request for people, places and subjects to be searched in the morgue. There is an in-house guide that breaks down the series - with detailed lists of subjects and famous people. When researchers order scans from the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue, selections are cataloged and added to the online database.
|Paulette Hefner being escorted from |
The Cellar nightclub by Amy Sliger,
1965, News-Call Bulletin photo
|Market Street, 1960, |
San Francisco News-Call Bulletin photo
Please come visit and explore the morgue!
The San Francisco Examiner split the newspaper morgue gift and the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin negatives were donated to the Bancroft Library.