Who owns the museum collection?
The collection is owned by all U.S. citizens, but is maintained and managed by the National Park Service in conjunction with the Organic Act of 1916 (16 USC §1-4). The Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Museum Branch strives to ensure that collections are in the best environmental conditions the location is possible of and stored properly. Items from the collection are used in exhibits at various areas around the park and most are available for research provided they are in stable condition.
Where are the materials from?
A majority of the collection was transferred to the National Park Service from the U.S. Army when the Army left its installations in the Bay Area. Materials in the collection include historic objects, maps, plans and drawings, and Army Records. The collection is also built from privately donated materials, items found on park lands, Golden Gate NRA study collections (materials copied from many institutions), and Golden Gate NRA Records.
How are the Archival materials arranged?
The collections at the Park Archives and Records Center are arranged by the source and ownership of the materials, or provenance. Each individual collection has its own arrangement and order, dependent upon the original organization of the collection when it was received. Collections may be arranged chronologically, alphabetically, by topic or in other ways. Typically, the finding aid for the collection will describe the arrangement. Do not rearrange any materials yourself, if you believe materials to be out of order please bring it to the attention of a staff member.
I am interested in an individual who was stationed at an area that is now in the Golden Gate NRA, do you have any information?
Unfortunately the Park Archives has very little information about the soldiers and their families who were stationed here. Most of the Army Records held at PARC contain documents regarding the resources (i.e. buildings, utilities, Coastal Defense sites) and not the individuals who staffed them. What information we do have on individuals has come from families who donated materials to the earlier Presidio Army Museum or to the Golden Gate NRA. Staff may be able to run searches on names but may have limited or no results. The person you are seeking may also be in one of the unidentified collections or photographs that are held at the Park Archives, but this can only be found if you have time to go through our photographs.
If you are seeking official military records please visit the National Archives website for more information.