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Publications 2017-05-14T13:42:40+00:00

The Argonaut

The Argonaut is the flagship publication of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. It began publication in 1990, with one issue per year. In 1994, The Argonaut expanded to two issues per year.

The publication has been enthusiastically praised by SFMHS members for its design and for its well written, illustrated articles covering a wide diversity of topics dealing with San Francisco history. That feeling was echoed by the American Association of Museums, who awarded The Argonaut an honorable mention for design in 2009.

Articles for The Argonaut are written both by amateur historians with expertise on a subject and by professional historians writing on areas that they have extensively researched.

Many back issues of The Argonaut are still available for purchase. The cost is $10 each (plus postage and handling and sales tax, if applicable). Regrettably, we’re unable to offer electronic versions of previous issues due to copyright issues. We are currently revamping our online store to include the available issues, but the process is not yet complete. Please contact us at info@sfhistory.org or (415) 537-1105, extension 0 to check on availability.

Click here to download a complete list of Argonaut articles by issue.



Panorama

Panorama is the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter for members.

Panorama also serves to notify members of the ongoing activities of the organization, and to publicize the programs of other Bay Area historical organizations. In addition, Panorama contains short historical vignettes that increase members’ historical consciousness.

The printed Panorama is mailed quarterly to members. To receive your copy Join the Society today.



Books

In addition to our regular publications, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society offers several books for sale.

When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush

The latest book by SFMHS Founder and President Emeritus Charles A. Fracchia, is available exclusively through the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.

The cost of the book is $35.00 $29.95 each, plus sales tax, shipping, and handling. Ten or more copies are $35.00 $24.95 each, plus sales tax, shipping, and handling.

You may purchase the book from our online store, or by calling 415-537-1105 ext. 0 during regular business hours.

The People of San Francisco: Lives of Accomplishment, Volume 2

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society has the second of two collections of portraits of famous and not-so-famous San Franciscans by Elaine Badgley Arnoux.

The second collection includes eighty-four portraits, including former mayors George Christopher, Art Agnos, Frank Jordan, and Gavin Newsom; Senator Barbara Boxer, Mayor Ed Lee, philanthropists Dede Wilsey and Chuck Williams; basketball great Nate Thurmond; journalists Belva Davis, Don Sanchez, and Carl Nolte; and many more

The cost of the book is $20, which includes sales tax, plus shipping and handling.

You may purchase the book from our online store.