The information presented in Vestiges of Lands End was drawn from a variety of sources including photographs, maps, newspaper articles, personal recollections, books, and modern scholarly articles. Many of these resources are available to anyone who would like to explore the history and culture of Lands End and its connections to San Francisco. Some resources can be found online in electronic formats; hard copies of some materials can be found in the History Center at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library and/or at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Park Archives and Records Center in the Presidio of San Francisco. Both the San Francisco Public Library’s History Center and the GGNRA Park Archives and Records Center are open to the public for research.
The Cliff House Project website and the Western Neighborhoods Project website provide a wealth of information on aspects of Lands End history. The Cliff House Project is devoted to the Victorian Cliff House, which graced Lands End from 1896 to 1907. The Cliff House Project includes historical items such as photographs, postcards, illustrations, maps, menus, souvenirs, and a multitude of other Cliff House objects.
In contrast to the narrow focus of the Cliff House Project, the Western Neighborhoods Project features topics concerning a broad area of the western portion of San Francisco. The Western Neighborhoods Project website contains links to many articles by modern authors who reflect on their memories of Lands End though the mid-late 20th century, as well as scholarly essays on topics of historical interest from the late 19th century onward. The website also features numerous photographs and videos arranged by geographic region, and searchable by topic.
There are several sources for historic photographs of the Lands End area in addition to the websites listed above.
The Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library houses the San Francisco Historical Photo Collection, which is open to the public for research. Their collection offers many digitized photographs and can be viewed through the library website.
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park Archives and Record center, located in Building 667 at the Presidio of San Francisco, also contains many photographs. Please visit their website for visiting hours and information about the archive’s collections.
Books featuring photos of Lands End points of interest include Marilyn Blaisdell’s self-published San Francisciana Photographs of Sutro Baths (1987), Ariel Rubissow Okamoto’s Cliff House and Lands End: San Francisco’s Seaside Retreat (1993), and A Day at the Seaside: San Francisco’s Sutro Heights, Cliff House, and Sutro Baths (1998). These publications can be purchased through many online book distributors, and are also available at the San Francisco Public Library.
Historic Newspaper Articles
The California Digital Newspaper Collection website links to searchable electronic versions of the Daily Alta California and San Francisco Call Bulletin newspapers published between the years of 1846 and 1922. The San Francisco Public Library also contains a collection of California newspapers on microfilm.