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The California Historical Society
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area...
's official state historical society
A historical society is an organization that collects, researches, interprets and preserves information or items of historical interest. Generally, a historical society focuses on a specific geographical area, such as a county or town or subject, such as aviation or rail. Many historical...
and is located in San Francisco, California
San Francisco , officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.15 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland...
at 678 Mission Street (between 3rd Street and Annie Street)
History and collections
The California Historical Society was founded in 1871. The Society is located statewide, is privately funded, and is a nonprofit organization. The Society operates the North Baker Research Library containing a collection of manuscripts, maps
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, posters, printed ephemera
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, books, and pamphlets. The library also features various works by Eadweard Muybridge
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and Ansel Adams
Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park....
. The Society publishes California History
, an academic journal.
The Society's museum galleries are open on Wednesday through Saturday in the afternoon. Exhibits are drawn from the society's collection of historic documents, photographs and fine art.