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News from The Bancroft Library
San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Newspaper Photograph Archive
James A. Eason, archivist for Pictorial Collection, The Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library is pleased to announce completion in May 1999 of a two-year project to provide access to the photograph archive of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper. Funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), this project produced textual descriptions and archival storage nearly 500,000 photographic negatives now held at Bancroft.
The images comprised the working photographic files, or "photo morgue," of the San Francisco Call Bulletin and later, the News-Call Bulletin. These files were created by staff photographers between approximately 1915 and September 1965.
The photo archive provides a wealth of historic imagery, particularly of events in San Francisco and the Bay Area, such as: the mobilization for World War II; the founding of the United Nations; hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities; and the civil rights movement. The files also are exceptionally rich in depictions of more mundane daily news that will provide a wealth of information for social historians and other scholars, such as: parades; social and cultural events; crime; organized labor; transportation; and the developing urban and suburban landscape.
The contents listing of this collection is now available via the World Wide Web as part of the Online Archive of California. The San Francisco News-Call Bulletin finding aid may be found with other Bancroft finding aides at http://www.oac.cdlib.org/. Images are not available online, but researchers may view negatives in the Heller Reading Room of The Bancroft Library.