Finding Aids - Presidio of San Francisco
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General Joseph W. Stilwell Papers, 1901-1963 GOGA 26980 (pdf 563K)
Personal photographs and ephemera from the life and career of General Joseph W. Stillwell. The images reflect events during his military experience, including portraits in his uniform, meetings with dignitaries, significant military events. The collection also contains information regarding the dedication of Stillwell Hall on the Presidio and interviews with his wife regarding his legacy.
Two bound ledger books with handwritten entries noting important events at the Presidio of San Francisco. The first ledger is from January 25, 1931-March 2, 1937 and contains many entries about the 30th Infantry. The second ledger is from January 28, 1946-July 1953, beginning with the command of General Joseph Stilwell.
Presidio of San Francisco Historical Real Estate Files GOGA 35159 (pdf 492K)
Nike Missile Manual Collection GOGA 35286 (pdf 205K)
The Presidio of San Francisco Fire Department was the main fire department of the military installations associated with the Presidio, such as Forts Baker, Barry, Cronkhite, Funston, Scott, and Angel Island. These materials relate to the daily operations of the Presidio of San Francisco Fire Department, consisting of one hundred and sixty-two  volumes of daily logs and run reports, ten  fire record journals, twelve  National Fire Protection Association Certificates of Merit, and other papers found loose in the logbooks. The logbooks contain information on the daily operations of the Fire Stations, including who was on duty and what were the main activities of the day from vehicle maintenance to runs. They also reveal daily activities of the posts in general, especially incidents like fires and bomb threats.
People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area - PFGGNRA Papers GOGA 35304 (pdf 1.1MB)
Charles Wofford Seacoast Artillery Collection GOGA 35315 (pdf 312K)
Public Health Service Hospital (Marine Hospital) Archives GOGA 35336 (pdf 683K)
The Nike Ajax and Hercules Plans and Records Collection consists of architectural and infrastructural plans, mechanical and electrical diagrams, and real estate/property maps and records from Sixth Army Air Defense Artillery Division. While Nike was a national system, this collection mostly addresses sites now encompassed by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area: SF-51 (Milagra/Sweeney Ridge), SF-59 (Fort Funston), SF-87 (Fort Cronkhite), SF-88 (Fort Barry), SF-89 (Fort Scott), and SF-91 (Angel Island).
Zero Thomas Collection GOGA 35356 (pdf 513K)
The Zero Thomas Collection is comprised of personal correspondence, documents, and photographs pertaining to Zero Thomas and his family. The collection consists of family letters, holographs with envelopes and philately intact, family records including the marriage license from his wedding in the post chapel, family photographs, and local business letters/records.
Harbor Defenses of San Francisco Photograph Album, 1943 GOGA 38722 (pdf 250K) The collection consists of a large photograph album the front cover of which reads "H.D.S.F. Photos." The album contains eighty photographs depicting Harbor Defenses of San Francisco activities during World War II from 1941 through 1943. Subjects include the removal of post cannons for salvage;events such as the 6th Coast Artillery Organization Day and festivities surrounding of appointment of Brigadier General Ralph E. Haines to the command of HDSF.;obstacle training at Fort Winfield Scott and Fort Cronkhite;anti-torpedo boat targets towed into the San Francisco Bay;the construction of I Battery Mess Hall, and the Battery mascot—a young lion;and mine planting yawls at Fort Baker, as well as a mine planting crew in action in the San Francisco Bay.
James Family Papers GOGA 40085 (pdf 290K)