Greatest Hits of 2017: Most Popular Digital Content from the Archives

Last week (and last year already), we shared our most popular archival collections in 2017. We're switching from analog to digital this week. To be on the upside for the highlights of 2017, we ran a popularity contest of the digital content digitized from the archives in the San Francisco History Center and the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection. Currently, the San Francisco Public Library has digitized content spread across a number of platforms (but we'll have a new Digital Asset Management System aka DAMS in 2018) so we have pulled it all together for you here.

Most watched digitized audiovisual items from our content in California Light and Sound in 2017

Third place (and personal favorite of a few staff members here)...from our I. Magnin & Co. Records =

I.Magnin Palm Springs Store Opening, October 10, 1985. Digitized from VHS. The fashion show hits all of the trends of 1985.

Most watched digitized audiovisual items from our YouTube Playlist Analog to Digital in 2017

First place = Market Street, 8mm home movie filmed in the summer of 1967
Second place = Mission District, Super 8mm home movie filmed in 1974

Most viewed digitized books from the San Francisco History Center in 2017

Top five most-viewed photos on Calisphere

In order to spread the joy and expand the reusability of our digitized images, we've been sharing our images on Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Calisphere

Crowds protesting during the Great Depression, 1931
  1. Crowds protesting during the Great Depression, 1931
  2. Women from Sally Rand's Nude Ranch, Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island, 1939-1940
  3. Oldest photograph of San Francisco. A Daguerreotype of 1850 (copy print)
  4. Lachman Brothers Furniture Store, 1956
  5. Interior of Greyhound bus station on 7th Street, 1959

Top 3 Requested Digital Scans from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection in 2017

Golden Gate Bridge construction, circa 1937. Courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Golden Gate Bridge construction, circa 1937


Market Street, view from Ferry Building, 1905

If you'd like to keep up on the recently added digitized content, for images, check out What's New Online. In 2017, collections uploaded to the online database included Shades of San Francisco project for the Sunset DistrictDennis L. Maness Summer of Love Collection, and selections from the San Francisco Stereograph Collection. We're in the middle of completing the description and uploading of images from the Shades of San Francisco Kodakan Photo Day that we held in May 2017 (more in 2018!).