San Francisco Bibliography



Rachel Brahinsky, "The Death of the City?  Reports of San Francisco's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated," BOOM: A Journal of California, vol 4, no 2 (Summer 2014).

William Issel, "The San Francisco Bay Area," in The Scribner's Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, Vol. II,  edited by Mary K. Cayton and Peter W. Williams, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.

Gary Kamiya.  Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco.  Bloomsbury, 2013.

Mel  Scott, The San Francisco Bay Area: A Metropolis in  Perspective. 2nd edition, University of California, 1985.

Rebecca Solnit.  Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas.  University of California Press, 2010.

Charles Wollenberg, Golden Gate Metropolis:  Perspectives on Bay Area History.  Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California Berkeley, 1985.

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Marie Bolton, Recovery for Whom? Social Conflict After the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Davis, 1997.

Matthew Morse Booker.  Down by the Bay: San Francisco's History Between the Tides.  University of California, 2013.

Philip J. Dreyfus, Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco.  University of Oklahoma, 2009.

Joanna L. Dyl, Seismic City: An Environmental History of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake. University of Washington, 2017.

Philip L. Fradkin, The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906:  How San Francisco Nearly Destroyed Itself.
University of California, 2006.

Harold Gilliam, The Natural World of San Francisco.  Doubleday, 1967.

Harold Gilliam, Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region.  Second Edition, University of California, 2002.

Gladys Hansen and Emmet Condon, Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.  Cameron and Company, 1989.

Andria Rees Henderson, Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery after the 1906 Disaster.  Temple University Press, 2011.

Alison Isenberg, Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay.  Princeton University Press, 2017.

Amy Meyer, New Guardians for the Golden Gate:  How America Got a Great National Park.  University of California, 2006.

Nancy Olmsted, Vanishing Waters: A History of San Francisco’s Mission Bay.   Mission Creek Conservancy, 1986.

Hal K. Rothman, The New Urban Park: Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Civic Environmentalism.  University Press
of Kansas, 2003.

James Siodla, "Razing San Francisco: The 1906 Disaster as a Natural Experiment in Urban Redevelopment," Journal of Urban Economics, 89 (2015): 48-61.

Doris Sloan, Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region.  University of California, 2006.

Richard A. Walker, The Country in the City:  The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area.  University of Washington, 2007.


Richard Edward DeLeon, Left Coast City: Progressive Politics  in San  Francisco, 1975-1991. University of Kansas,  1992.

William  Issel  and  Robert  Cherny,  San  Francisco,  1865-1932: Politics, Power and Urban Development. Includes a postscript  on the period since 1932. University of California, 1986.

William Issel, Church and State in the City: Catholics and Politics in 20th Century San Francisco.  Temple University Press, Oct. 2012.

Roger Lotchin, San Francisco, 1846-1856: From Hamlet to City. Oxford, 1974, second edition, University of Illinois, 1997.

Roger Lotchin, The Bad City in the Good War: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego (World War II), Indiana University, 2003.

Glenna Matthews, The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California, Cambridge, 2012.

David Talbot, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love (1967--1982) Free Press, 2012.

Richard A. Walker, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Downside of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area,
PM Press, 2018. 


John Baranski, "Making Public Housing in San Francisco: Liberalism, Social Prejudice, and Social Activism, 1906 -- 1976," (Ph D dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004).

John Baranski, "'Something to Help Themselves': Tenant Organizing in San Francisco's Public Housing, 1965-1975," in Journal of Urban History, 33, 3 (March 2007), 418-442.

Walton Bean, Boss Ruef's San Francisco: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business, and the
Graft Prosecution.  University of California, 1952.

Karl Beitel, Local Protest, Global Movements: Capital, Community, and State in San Francisco.  Temple University Press, 2013.

Jonathan Bell, "To Strive for Economic and Social Justice": Welfare, Sexuality, and Liberal Politics in San Francisco in the 1960s,"  Journal of Policy History, Volume 22, Number 2, 2010, pp. 193-225.

Marie Bolton, "Sacred or Profane?  The Cross at Mount Davidson Park, San Francisco," Pacific Historical Review, 68, 4 (1998).

Gray Brechin, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. University of California, 1999.

James Brook, Chris Carlsson & Nancy J. Peters, editors, Reclaiming San Francisco: History,
Politics, Culture. City Lights, 1998.

Rufus  Browning,  Dale  Marshall, David  Tabb,   Protest  is  Not Enough:  The  Struggle of Blacks and Hispanics for  Equality  in Urban  Politics. University of California, 1984.  

William Bullough, The Blind Boss and His City: Christopher Augustine Buckley and Nineteenth Century San Francisco. University of California, 1979.

Chris Carlsson, ed., The Political Edge.  City Lights Books, 2004.

Chris Carlsson, ed.  Ten Years that Shook the City.  City Lights Books, 2011.

Francisco Diaz Casique, "Race, Space and Contestation: Gentrification in San Francisco's Latina/o Mission District, 1998 -- 2002," PhD dissertation in Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2013

Robert W. Cherny, "City Commercial, City Beautiful, City Practical: The San Francisco Visions of William C. Ralston, James D. Phelan, and Michael M. O'Shaughnessy," California History, LXXIII, 4 (Winter 1994/95), 296-307.

Robert W. Cherny, "Patterns of Toleration and Discrimination in San Francisco: The Civil War to World War I," California History, LXXIII, 2 (Summer 1994), 130-141.

Robert W. Cherny, “Anticommunist Networks and Labor: The Pacific Coast in the 1930s,” in Labor’s Cold War: Local Politics in a Global Context, ed. Shelton Stromquist, 17–48. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Robert W. Cherny, Mary Ann Irwin, Ann Marie Wilson, eds. California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression.  University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Robert W. Cherny, Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art. University of Illinois Press, 2017.

Richard  DeLeon and Sandra Powell, "Growth Control and  Electoral Politics:  The Triumph of Urban Populism in San  Francisco,"  in The Western Political Quarterly, 42 (June 1989), 307-331.

Richard DeLeon, "San Francisco and Domestic Partners: New Fields of Battle in the Culture War," in Culture Wars and Local Politics, edited by Elaine B. Sharp, Univ. of Kansas, 1999, 117-136.

Rich DeLeon, "Only in San Francisco: San Francisco's Political Culture in Comparative Perspective," San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Newsletter (December 2002)

Richard DeLeon and Katherine Naff, "Identity Politics and Local Political Culture," (San Francisco in Comparative Perspective) in Urban Affairs Review, 39 (July 2004), 689-719.

James P. Delgado.  Gold Rush Port: The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco's Waterfront.  Berkeley  University of California Press,

Lawrence W. DiStasi, How Italian Immigrants became 'Enemies' During World War II.  Sanniti Publications, 2016. 

Louise Nelson Dyble, Paying the Toll: Local Power, Regional Politics, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

Philip J. Ethington, The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900. Cambridge University Press, 1994

Jason Michael Ferreira, "All Power to the People: A Comparative History of Third World Radicalism in San Francisco, 1968 -- 1974," PhD dissertation in Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2003.

Brenda D. Frink, "San Francisco's Pioneer Mother Monument: Maternalism, Racial Order, and the Politics of Memoralization, 1907--1915," in American Quarterly, 64, 1 (March 2012), 85-113.

Chester Hartman, City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco, University of California, 2002.

James W. Haas, "Edward Robeson Taylor," Part 1: Pre-Mayor Years, The Argonaut, 18 (Spring 2007), 20-35.

James W. Haas, "Edward Robeson Taylor," Part 2: Taylor Mayoralty, The Argonaut, 18 (Fall 2007), 4-45.

Jeffrey Haydu, Citizen Employers: Business Communities and Labor in Cincinnati and San Francisco, 1870–1916. Cornell University Press, 2008.

Jason Henderson.  Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco.  University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.

Emily K. Hobson.  Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left. University of California Press, 2016.

Amy L. Howard, "More Than Shelter: Community, Identity and Spatial Politics in San Francisco, 1938-2000," 
Ph.D. diss., College of William and Mary, 2005.

Amy L. Howard, More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing.  University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Laura Huey, Negotiating Demands: The Politics of Skid Row Policing in Edinburgh, San Francisco, and Vancouver. University of Toronto Press, 2007.

William Issel, "Citizens Outside the Government: Business and Urban Policy in San Francisco and Los Angeles, 1890-1932," in Pacific Historical Review, 57 (May 1988), 117-145.

William Issel, Business Power and Political Culture in San  Francisco,  1900-1940,"  in Journal of Urban  History,  16  (November 1989), 52-77.

William Issel, "Liberalism and Urban Policy: San Francisco  from the  1930s  to the 1960s," in Western  Historical  Quarterly,  22 (November 1991), 431-450.

William Issel, "New Deal and Wartime Origins of San Francisco’s Postwar Pro-growth Political Culture," in The Way We Really Were: The Golden State in the Second Great War, edited by Roger W. Lotchin, University of Illinois, 1999.

William Issel and James Collins, "The Catholic Church and Organized Labor in San Francisco, 1932-1958," in Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, Spring/Summer, 1999.

William Issel, " ‘Land Values, Human Values, and the Preservation of the City’s Treasured Appearance:’ Environmentalism, Politics, and the San Francisco Freeway Revolt," in Pacific Historical Review, November 1999.

William Issel, " 'Humanity is One Great Family': Jews and Catholics in the San Francisco Civil Rights Campaign, 1940-1960," in Ava Kahn and Marc Dollinger, California Jews, Brandeis/New England Universities Press, 2003.

William Issel, "'The Catholic Internationale': Joseph L. Alioto's Urban Liberalism and San Francisco Catholicism," in U.S. Catholic Historian, Spring 2004.

William Issel, "'A Stern Struggle': Catholic Activism and San Francisco Labor, 1932-1958," in American Labor and the Cold War: Grassroots Politics and American Political Culture, edited by Robert W. Cherny, William Issel, and Kieran Taylor, Rutgers University Press, Aug. 2004.

William Issel, "'Still Potentially Dangerous in Some Quarters': Sylvester Andriano, Catholic Action, and Un-American
Activities in California," in Pacific Historical Review, May 2006.

William Issel, " 'For Both Cross and Flag': Catholic Action in Northern California in the 1930s," in Transatlantica: revue d'etudes americaines/american studies journal  

William Issel, "For Both Cross and Flag": Catholic Action in Northern California in the 1930s, in Catholicism in the American West:  A Rosary of Hidden Voices, edited by Roberto Trevino and Richard Francaviglia, introduction by Steven M. Avella, 
Texas A & M Press, December 2007.

William Issel, "'A Different Era': Julia Gorman Porter's San Francisco Liberalism," in The Argonaut (San Francisco Museum and Historical Society), Winter 2008.

William Issel, "Faith-Based Activism in American Cities:  The Case of the San Francisco Catholic Action Cadre,"  JOURNAL OF CHURCH AND STATE (Summer 2008).

William Issel and Mary Anne Wold, "Catholics and the Campaign for Racial Justice in San Francisco, From Pearl Harbor to Proposition 14,"   AMERICAN CATHOLIC STUDIES (Fall 2008).

William Issel, "For Both Cross and Flag": Catholic Action, Anti-Catholicism, and National Security Politics in World War II San Francisco.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010.

William Issel, "Peace with Justice": Bishop Mark J. Hurley and the Student Strike at San Francisco State College, 1968-1969," in American Catholic Studies, Fall 2015.

Alison Isenberg, Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay.  Princeton University Press, 2017.

John Jacobs, A Rage for Justice: Philip Burton... University of California Press, 1995.

Kathryn M. Johnson, "Captain Blake versus the Highwaymen: Or, How San Francisco Won the Freeway Revolt,"
Journal of Planning History (February 2009).

Victoria Johnson, How Many Machine Guns Does it Take to Cook One Meal?  The Seattle and San Francisco General Strikes.  University of Washington, 2008.

Judd  Kahn, Imperial San Francisco: Politics and Planning in  an American City, 1897-1906. University of Nebraska, 1979.

Michael  Kazin,  Barons  of Labor: The  San  Francisco  Building Trades  and  Union Power in the Progressive Era.  University  of Illinois, 1987.

Michael Kazin,  “The July Days in San Francisco, 1877: Prelude to Kearneyism,” in The Great Strikes of 1877, ed. David O. Stowell, 136–63. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Eric Gregory Klocko, “The Public-Private City: Automobile Parking and the Control of Urban Space in San Francisco, 1920–1959” (Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Berkeley, 2006). Order No. DA3253927.

Christine Lamberson, "The Zebra Murders: Race, Civil Liberties, and Radical Politics in San Francisco," in Journal of Urban
History, 41, 6 (November 2015)
Clement Kai-Men Lai, "Between 'Blight' and a New World: Urban Renewal, Political Mobilization, and the Production of Spatial Scale in San Francisco, 1940 -- 1980," (PhD dissertation in Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2006).

Amanda H. Littauer, "The B-Girl Evil:  Bureaucracy, Sexuality, and the Menace of Barroom Vice in Postwar California," in Journal of the History of Sexuality, 12, 2 (April 2003), 171-204.

Terrence McDonald, The Parameters of Urban Fiscal Policy:  Socioeconomic  Change and Political Culture in San  Francisco,  1860-1906. University of California, 1986.

Stephen J. McGovern, The Politics of Downtown Development: Dynamic Political Cultures in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. University of Kentucky, 1998.

Peter Mancina, "In the Spirit of Sanctuary: Sanctuary City Policy Advocacy and the Production of Sanctuary-Power in San Francisco, California," (PhD dissertation in Anthropology, Vanderbilt University,
2016).  Available online at

 Laura Renata Martin, "Precarious City: Marginal Workers, the State, and Working Class Activism in Post-Industrial San Francisco, 1964-1979." 

(PhD dissertation, University of California , Santa Cruz, 2014).

Mike Miller, A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco.  Heyday Books, 2009.

Leta Miller, Music and Politics in San Francisco, From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War.  University of California, 2012.

Leta Miller, "Opera as Politics: The Troubled History of San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House," California History 92:4 (2015): 4-23.

Paul T.Miller, The Postwar Struggle for Civil Rights: African Americans in San Francisco, 1945-1975. Routledge, 2010. 

John H. Mollenkopf, The Contested City. Princeton, 1983. Comparative analysis of Boston and San Francisco since the 1930s.

Kevin J. Mullen, Let Justice Be Done: Crime and Politics in Early San Francisco, University of Nevada, 1989.

Kevin J. Mullen, Dangerous Strangers: Minority Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 
1850-2000, Palgrave, 2005.

Kevin J. Mullen, The Toughest Gang in Town: Police Stores from Old San Francisco, Noir Publications, 2005.

Kevin J. Mullen, Chinatown Squad: Policing the Dragon: From the Gold Rush to the 21st Century, Noir, 2008.

Kevin J. Muller, The Egg Man's Son: A San Francisco Irish Life.  Virtualbookworm Press, 2009.

Joshua Paddison, American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California.  Huntington Library and University of California, 2012.

Joshua Paddison, "Anti-Catholicism and Race in Post-Civil War San Francisco," in Pacific Historical Review, 78, 4 (November 2009), 505-544.

Joshua Paddison, "Summers of Worry, Summers of Defiance: San Franciscans for Academic Freedom and Education 
and the Bay Area Opposition to HUAC, 1959-1960," in California History, Fall 1999.

James Richardson, Willie Brown: A Biography.  University of California, 1996.

Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, "'That's My Place!': Negotiating Racial, Sexual, and Gender Politics in San Francisco's Gay Latino Alliance, 1975-1983," in Journal of the History of Sexuality, 12, 2 (April 2003), 224-258.

Jerry Roberts, Diane Feinstein: Never Let Them See You Cry. Harper Collins West, 1994.

John Rosen and Bill Issel, "Joseph L. Alioto's 1967 Mayoral Campaign:  Democratic Party Liberalism in Transition,"
unpublished manuscript.  

Prentice Earl Sanders and Bennett Cohen, The Zebra Murders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights.  Arcade, 2010.

Robert M. Senkewicz, Vigilantes in Gold Rush San Francisco.  Stanford, 1985.

David F. Selvin, A Terrible Anger: The 1934 Waterfront and General Strikes in San Francisco.
Wayne State University Press, 1996.

Randy Shaw, The Activists Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond.  University of California, . 1996

Edith Sparks, Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920.  University of North Carolina, 2006.

Christopher M. Sterba, "Transcultural San Francisco: Andrew Furuseth, Olaf Tveitmore, and the Forgotten Scandinavian American Experience," in Pacific Historical Review, 85,1 (February 2016), 72-109.

Scott H. Tang, “Becoming the New Objects of Racial Scorn: Racial Politics and Racial Hierarchy in Postwar San Francisco, 1945–1960,” 
in The Political Culture of the New West, ed. Jeff Roche, 219–45. University Press of Kansas, 2008..

Jules Tygiel, Workingmen in San Francisco, 1880-1901.  Garland, 1992.

Mike  Weiss, Double Play: The San Francisco City Hall  Killings. Addison Wesley, 1984, second edition, 2010..

Frederick  M.  Wirt, Power in the City: Decision Making  in  San Francisco. University of California, 1974.


Kathleen Anne Adams, "Kindergarten and Community: The Silver Street Kindergarten of San Francisco, 1878-1906" (Ph D dissertation, University of California, Riverside, 2010). Order No. DA3412761.

Christopher Agee.  "Gayola:  Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," in Journal of the History of Sexuality, 15, 3 (September 2006), 462-489.

Christopher Agee.  "The Streets of San Francisco:  Blacks, Beats, Homosexuals, and the San Francisco Police Department, 1950-1968,"  Ph.D. diss., University of California, Berkeley, 2005.

Christopher Agee.  The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950 -- 1972.  University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Elizabeth Armstrong, Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco, 1950-1994, University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Robert Barde, "Plague in San Francisco: An Essay Review," in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences,
Vol. 59, 3 (2004): 463-470.

Robert Barde, "Prelude to the Plague: Public Health and Politics at America's Pacific Gateway, 1899," in Journal of
the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Vol. 58 (2003): 153-186.

Robert Barde, Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger Ships, Exclusion, and Angel Island. Westport: Praeger, 2008.

Barbara Berglund, Making San Francisco American:  Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846 -- 1906.  University Press
of Kansas, Fall 2007.

Mark Bernhardt, "The Selling of Sex, Sleaze, Scuttlebutt, and Other Shocking Sensations: The Evolution of New Journalism in San Francisco, 1887-1900," American Journalism, 28 (Fall 2011), 111-42.

Rebecca M. Berru-Davis, "E. Charlton Fortune: Precursor to the Renaissance of Religious Art in the San Francisco Bay Area," U.S. Catholic Historian, 31 (Spring 2013): 95-118.

Nan Almilla Boyd, Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965, University of California Press, 2002.

Albert Broussard, Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954. University of Kansas, 1993.

Rachel Brahinsky. "Race and the Making of Southeast San Francisco: Towards a Theory of Race and Class," Antipode, 2013, 1-19

Willie Brown, Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times, Simon and Shuster, 2008.

R. A. Burchell. The San Francisco Irish, 1848-1880.  University of California, 1980.

Jeffrey M. Burns.  San Francisco: A History of the Archdiocese of San Francisco:  Vol. 1: 1776-1884, From Mission to Golden Frontier; Vol. 2, 1885-1945, Glory, Ruin, and Resurrection; Vol. 3, A Journey of Hope, 1945-2000.  Strasbourg, 1999-2001

Jeffrey M. Burns.  Catholic San Francisco: Sesquicentennial Essays.  Archives of Archdiocese of San Francisco, 2005.

Jeffrey M. Burns.  "Prelude to Reform: the Church in San Francisco Before the Council," in U.S. Catholic Historian, 23, 4 (Fall 2005), 1-16.

Jeffrey M. Burns.  "No Longer Emerging: Ramparts Magazine and the Catholic Layman, 1962-1968," in U.S. Catholic Historian, 9, 3 (1991), 321-333.

Tommaso Caiazza, "Pratiche e limiti della penetrazione fascista nelle comunità italoamericane: il caso della Scuola Italiana di San Francisco," Altreitalie (luglio-decembre 2012).

Tommaso Caiazza, "Morte di una comunità? L’impatto della seconda guerra mondiale sugli italo-americani di San Francisco."
Contact Bill Issel to obtain a copy of this paper: 

Manuel Castells, "Urban Poverty, Ethnic Minorities and  Community Organization:  The Experience of Neighborhood  Mobilization  in San  Francisco's  Mission District," in The City and  the  Grass roots:  A Cross-Cultural Theory of Urban Social Movements.  University of California, 1983.

Manuel Castells, "Cultural Identity, Sexual Liberation and  Urban Structure: The Gay Community in San Francisco," in Ibid.

Marilyn Chase, The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco. New York, Random House, 2003.

Yong Chen, Chinese San Francisco, 1850-1943: A Trans-Pacific Community.  University of California, 2000.

Thomas  Chinn, Bridging the Pacific: San  Francisco's  Chinatown and its People. Chinese Historical Society, 1989.

Dino  Cinel, From Italy to San Francisco: The Immigrant  Experience. Stanford University, 1982.

Carlos  Cordova, "The Mission District: The Ethnic Diversity  of the  Latin American Enclave in San Francisco," in Journal  of  La Raza Studies, 2 (Summer/Fall 1989), 21-32.

Cary Cordova, The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco. University of Pennsylvania, 2017.

Daniel Crowe, Prophets of Rage: The Black Freedom Struggle in San Francisco, 1945-1969. Garland, 2000.

Susan Craddock, City of Plagues: Disease, Poverty, and Deviance in San Francisco.  University of Minnesota, 2004.

Douglas Daniels, Pioneer Urbanites: A Social and Cultural History of Black San Francisco. Temple University, 1980.

Terence Emmons, Alleged Sex and Threatened Violence: Doctor Russel, Bishop Vladimir, and the Russians in San Francisco, 1887-1892. Stanford University, 1997.

Susan Englander, Class Coalition and Class Conflict in the California Woman Suffrage Movement, 1907 -- 1912: The San Francisco Wage Earner's Suffrage League, Mellen Research University Press, 1992.

Sebastian Fichera, Italy on the Pacific: San Francisco's Italian Americans. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Doris Fine, When Leadership Fails: Desegregation and  Demoralization in San Francisco Schools. University of California, 1986.

James P. Gaffey, "The Anatomy of Transition: Cathedral Building and Social Justice in San Francisco, 1962-1971," in Catholic Historical Review, 70, 1 (Jan. 1984), 45-73.

Justin Matthew Germain, "Housewives Save the City from the 'Cement Octopus'!: Women's Activism in the San Francisco Freeway Revolt, 1955-1967" Senior Thesis, UC Berkeley, Dec. 2, 2016.

Brian J. Godfrey, Neighborhoods in Transition: The Making of San Francisco's Ethnic and Nonconformist Communities. University  of California, 1988.

Teresa Gowan.  Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco.  University of Minnesota, 2010.

Richard Gribble, CSC, An Archbishop for the People:  The Life of Edward J. Hanna.  Paulist Press, 2006.

Richard Gribble, CSC, "Advocate for Ethnic and Religious Diversity: The Ecumenical Spirit of Archbishop Edward Hanna<"
American Catholic Studies, 117, 2 (Summer 2006).

Richard Gribble, CSC, "A 'Consecrated Thunderbolt' of Catholic Education:  The Contribution of Peter C. Yorke,"
U.S. Catholic Historian, 24, 2 (Spring 2006).

Madeline Hartmann, The Man Behind the Miracle: The Story of Alfred Boeddeker, O.F.M., Lost Coast Press, 2000.

Arthur Hippler, Hunters Point: A Black Ghetto.  Basic Books, 1974.

Ocean Howell, Making the Mission: Planning and Ethnicity in San Francisco.  University of Chicago Press, 2015. 

Madeline Hsu, Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home (Chinese immigrants to San Francisco), Stanford University Press, 2000.

Lynn Hudson, The Making of "Mammy Pleasant":  A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth Century San Francisco, University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Hudson, Lynn M., “Entertaining Citizenship: Masculinity and Minstrelsy in Post-emancipation San Francisco,” Journal of African American History, 93 (Spring 2008), 174–97.

Yuji Ichioka, The Issei: the World of the First Generation Japanese Immigrants (1885-1924). Free Press, 1988.

Bill Issel, Baptized on the Fourth of July: A Catholic Boyhood in San Francisco.  Minuteman Press, 2017.

Alison Isenberg, "Culture-A-Go-Go": The Ghirardelli Square Sculpture Controversy and the Liberation of Civic Design in the 1960s, Journal of Social History, 44, 2 (Winter 2010), 379-412.

Alison Isenberg, Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay. Princeton University Press, 2017.

Wendy Rouse Jorae, The Children of Chinatown: Growing Up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850–1920 ( PhD dissertation, University of California, Davis, 200, Order No. DA3280598).

Wendy Rouse Jorae,  The Children of Chinatown: Growing Up Chinese American in San Francisco, 18501920. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. xvi, 295 pp. Cloth, $59.95, isbn 978-0-8078-3313-1. Paper, $22.95, isbn 978-0-8078-5973-5.)

Donald Jordan and Timothy O'Keefe, The Irish in the San Francisco Bay Area: Essays on Good Fortune.  Irish Literary and
Historical Society, 2005.

Anthony W. Lee, Painting on the Left: Diego Rivera, Radical Politics, and San Francisco's Public Murals.
University of California, 1999.

Victor  Low,  The Unimpressible Race: A Century  of  Educational Struggle by the Chinese in San Francisco. East/West, 1982.

Theresa J. Mah, "Buying into the Middle Class: Residential Segregation and Racial Formation in the United States, 1920 -- 1964," (Ph D dissertation, University of Chicago, 1999)  (includes case study material on San Francisco)

Glenna Matthews, "Forging a Cosmopolitan Civic Culture: The Regional Identity of San Francisco and Northern California," in Many Wests: Place, Culture, and Regional Identity, ed. by Michael Steiner.  University Press of Kansas, 1997.

David Meltzer, editor, San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets.  City Lights, 2001.

Martin Meeker, Contacts Desired:  Gay and Lesbian Communications and Community, 1940s -- 1970s.  University of Chicago, 2006.

Martin Meeker, "The Queerly Disadvantaged and the Making of San Francisco's War on Poverty, 1964 -- 1967, Pacific Historical Review, 81 (February 2012), 21-59.

Leta Miller, Music and Politics in San Francisco, From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War.  University of California, 2012.

Moore, Rebecca, Anthony B. Pinn, and Mary R. Sawyer, Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America. Indiana University Press, 2004.

Moore, Sarah J., Empire on Display: San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013

Irena  Narrell,  Our City: The Jews of San  Francisco.  Howell-North, 1981.

Quincy D.Newell,  Constructing Lives at Mission San Francisco: Native Californians and Hispanic Colonists, 17761821. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009. x, 267 pp. $39.95, isbn 978-0-8263-4706-0.)

Meredith Akemi Oda, "Remaking the 'Gateway to the Pacific': Urban, Economic, and Racial Redevelopment in San Francisco, 1945 -- 1970," (Ph D dissertation, University of Chicago, 2010).

Clay O'Dell, "The Politics of Housing:  Catholic Activism and Dissent under Archbishop Joseph McGucken of San Francisco," American Catholic Studies, 117 3 (Fall 2006).

Clay O'Dell, "On Stony Ground:  The Catholic Interracial Council of San Francisco,"  Ph.D. dissertation, University of Virginia, 2005.

Suzie Kobuchi Okazaki, Nihonmachi: A Story of San Francisco's Japantown. SKO Studios, 1985.

J. Todd Ormsbee, The Meaning of Gay: Interaction, Publicity, and Community among Homosexual Men in 1960s San Francisco.  Lexington Books, 2010.

Jean Phaelzer, Driven Out: The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans. Random House, 2007.

Guenter B. Risse, Plague, fear, and Politics in San Francisco's Chinatown.  Johns Hopkins, 2012.

Guenter B. Risse, Driven by Fear: Epidemics and Isolation in San Francisco's House of Pestilence.  University of Illinois Press, 2015.

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California Historical Society, San Francisco

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Mexican Museum, San Francisco

Museo Italo Americano

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Presidio Army Museum, San Francisco

San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society

San Francisco History Room, Main Public Library

San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley