Park Archives and Records Center (PARC)
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. These materials have been acquired through donation, transfer, as well as have been park created. Topics are heavy on the military's presence at the Presidio and the surrounding fortifications (mostly from WWII forward); specific park sites like Alcatraz, Lands End; as well as significant events like the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the Alcatraz Indian Occupation, or 1906 Earthquake and Fire. PARC also houses a large body of inactive park records that document the GGNRA's projects, operations, and activities.
Explore the resources below to discover what the park holds at the Park Archives before you come:
Email us to request a finding aid electronically or try searching for the collection on the NPS's Museum Collection Site for a downloadable pdf.
Open Hours Cancelled - Appointments may be available
Monday: 1 pm to 4 pm
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.
Information about public transportation to the Presidio and around it is available on the Presidio Trust's Transportation site.
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.
Last updated: May 30, 2023