Golden Gate NRA, Museum Collection, GOGA 21884
Golden Gate NRA, Museum Collection, GOGA 18253
Golden Gate NRA, Herbarium Collection
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, GOGA 33760
Nearly 6000 selections from the Golden Gate NRA's museum collection, as well as from other parks, can be searched and reviewed through the National Park Service's Museum Collections site. PDF attachments and images may be available for some items, this number will increase over time as more collections are updated
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, GOGA 32470.1827
Park Archives and Records Center
The Park Archives and Records Center contains over 5 million documents, photographic images, oral histories and maps that document all areas and facets of the history associated with Golden Gate National Recreation Area from Spanish exploration and the establishment of the Presidio in 1776 to the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969 as well as the current activities of the park.
The Park Archives and Records Center houses a large collection of transferred Presidio Army Records pertaining to the Presidio of San Francisco and surrounding military sites. NPS management of these Army records means that there is access to a continual line of information about the natural and cultural resources of lands that were formerly managed by the Department of Defense. The primary contents of this collection include over 1000 linear feet of Army resource records and more than 50,000 engineering drawings and maps of military sites, individual buildings, and coastal defenses.
Here are some resources to discover what the park holds at the Park Archives before you come:
Finding aids - Finding aids contain information on the contents and significance of an archival collection. The finding aid may include descriptive information; repository information; collection history; biographical or historical information on creators of the collection; and in some cases a container or folder list of everything in the collection.
GGNRA Special Collections Guide (pdf 4.4MB) - This downloadable and searchable document groups archival collections together by topic and can be a useful tool in finding collections that are relevant to your project or interest. The Guide includes a short description of the collection and it may be necessary to come in and look through the whole finding aid for relevant materials, or you may email us to request a finding aid electronically.
GGNRA Photo Gallery - The photo gallery features select historic images of all sites around the GGNRA. These images represent less than 1% of our whole image collection, but provides an example of the materials available at the Park Archives.
Research page - Additional information about the Park Archives' policies, online resources, and forms.
Public Reference Hours
Individual appointments are also available by calling (415) 561-2808 or e-mail us.
The Center is closed for research on all federal holidays. Please check below or call for any additional closures.
Monday, May 25th, 2015 - Memorial Day
When using a mapping program type in the intersection of McDowell Ave and Cowles St, San Francisco, CA 94129, as our physical address (667 McDowell Ave) will either not register with the program or will indicate a completely different location.
Please be advised of the changing conditions and detours of the roads in the Presidio during the Doyle Drive construction project. For more information visit the Presidio Parkway website.