Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
With over five million documents, photographic images, oral histories, and maps, Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Park Archives and Records Center (PARC) is an essential and valuable resource for research. Our archival collections document all areas and facets of history associated with Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) from the Spanish Exploration and the establishment of the Presidio in 1776 through the park’s creation in 1972, as well as recent activities within the park.
The PARC assists approximately 500 researches a year with projects including publications, exhibitions, restoration, and graduate student theses. Research forms the basis of all great projects and contributes to the better understanding of park lands and its associated people. As stewards of the natural and historical collections of GGNRA, it is our mission to provide access and assistance to our diverse and exciting collection.
Through various pages on the GGNRA website you can begin your research. However, please note that only .1% of our collection is represented online! Below is a list and description of GGNRA online resources. To access these pages follow the provided links.
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, James H Short Collection, GOGA-1766
For those interested in conducting research at the PARC, please find our public reference hours listed below. Upon your first visit, PARC staff will request you fill out a Researcher Registration Form, which by signing confirms that you agree to abide by all regulations for accessing and using the archives and special collections. Once the form is complete, PARC staff will ask several questions regarding your research topic and will aim to assist you in your research. You do not need to have a specific research topic to come explore our collections. We encourage those wishing to learn more about GGNRA’s history and invite them to browse our photo binders which contain nearly every historic image in our collection or review letters and documents on a GGNRA topic of your choice. The Research and Access Policy, the Researcher Registration Form as well as other associated material can be accessed from the following links:
Public Reference Hours
Park Archives and
Monday 1 pm - 4 pm
Individual appointments are also available by calling (415) 561-2808 or email us.
The Center is closed for research on all federal holidays. Please check below or call for any additional closures.
Did You Know?
One of the oldest tidal gauges in the country at Crissy Field shows 8 inches of sea level rise over the past 100 years (a rate 2 to 10 times higher than the previous 5000 years). We could see 2 to 3 more rise in the next 100 years.