480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132
The California State Library, San Francisco, known as the Sutro Library, bills itself as one of the largest genealogical collections west of Salt Lake City – and it is. With over 150,000 books and resources for all fifty states, it is a must-visit place for Bay Area genealogists.
Jack Leibman has written a fascinating history of Adolph Sutro's library: The Saga of Sutro Library which includes this description:
Today the Sutro is a major resource for genealogy research. It continues to gather a remarkable list of historical and genealogical publications from the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. The surviving original collections of Sutro include a wide variety of pre-1900 British scientific papers, a unique collection of Mexican works, and many rare ancient Hebrew texts. A treasure trove of Sutro's voluminous correspondence is expected to provide some fascinating new insights into the history of this brilliant, inventive, and bold avatar of San Francisco.Ron and Pam Filion of sfgenealogy.com have posted a comprehensive review of Bay Area research facilities, including Sutro.
Dick Rees will lead a group to Sutro on public transportation using BART and Muni leaving from the 19th Street Station in Oakland. Members may also car pool and meet at the library. Library staff will give us a tour. The library's hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bag lunch recommended.
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