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Old 12-29-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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The California Historical Society on Mission street near New Montgomery is a great place to start. Not only do they have tons of books, including those referenced by others here, but exhibits, original documents and an extensive library with very helpful librarians.

If you want to be even more San Francisco-centric, visit the sixth floor of the Main Library.
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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This organization has a lot of information that you should find of interest:

The Society of California Pioneers

Another poster mentioned the Bancroft Library. You might want to start by looking at their website:

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/

At Cal I took an excellent California History course from Prof. James Rawls. I'd highly recommend you get hold of a copy of a book he co-wrote with Walton Bean on the topic. It has a bit of a revisionist flavor to it but a lot about early San Francisco history:

http://www.amazon.com/California-Int.../dp/0070524114

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