It Came From the (Photo) Morgue: Judo

March is Women's History Month!

The national celebration of Women's History Month originated in 1981. The Library of Congress shares the history of the presidents issuing proclamations to urge citizens to recognize and study the contributions of women to United States history.

What's on the 6th Floor will be paying tribute to the generations of women who have contributed to history.

Patrolwomen learning judo and self-defense, 1943
San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue
caption on the back: War Department women patrolmen are taught judo and other self defense tactics in the schooling preceding their assignment as guards at an Army installation. In the picture, Patrolwoman Ines McConnell is receiving a judo lesson from an Army instructor at Camp John T. Knight, Oakland, where a company of women patrolmen is stationed.
Official U. S. Signal Corps Photo, June 25, 1943
Box PxS 58; Folder: Women: Guards and Sentries

The San Francisco Public Library owns the photo morgue of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin, a daily newspaper that covered the time period from the 1920s to 1965. Much of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection comes from the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue. However, the morgue also includes statewide, national, and international subjects and people that have not been digitized or cataloged. When researchers order scans from the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue,selections are cataloged and added to the online database.

Looking for a historical photograph of San Francisco? Try our online database first. Not there? Come visit us at the Photo Desk of the San Francisco History Center, located on the sixth floor at the Main Library. The Photo Desk hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You may also request photographs from the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue.