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The Argonaut

The Argonaut Jan/Feb 2019 - Cover

Download the complete list of all articles of The Argonaut by issue (1990-2020)

The Argonaut is the flagship publication of the San Francisco Historical Society. It began publication in 1990, with one issue per year. In 1994, The Argonaut expanded to two issues per year.

The publication has been enthusiastically praised by SFHS members for its design and for its well written, illustrated articles covering a wide diversity of topics dealing with San Francisco history. That feeling was echoed by the American Association of Museums, who awarded The Argonaut an honorable mention for design in 2009.

Articles for The Argonaut are written both by amateur historians with expertise on a subject and by professional historians writing on areas that they have extensively researched.

Many back issues of The Argonaut are still available for purchase. The cost is $10 each (plus postage and handling and sales tax, if applicable). Regrettably, we’re unable to offer electronic versions of previous issues due to copyright issues. We are currently revamping our online store to include the available issues, but the process is not yet complete. Please contact us at or (415) 537-1105, extension 2 to check on availability.

* DOWNLOAD the complete list of Argonaut articles by issue (1990 -2020; PDF).

* NOW AVAILABLE: Digitized Versions of The Argonaut!


Panorama is the San Francisco Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter for members.

Panorama also serves to notify members of the ongoing activities of the organization, and to publicize the programs of other Bay Area historical organizations. In addition, Panorama contains short historical articles that increase members’ historical consciousness.

The printed Panorama is mailed quarterly to members. To receive your copy Join the Society today.

We are presenting three COVID-19 complimentary digital issues to all SFHS friends:

* Download the 2020 Q3 issue

SFHS Panorama 2020 Q3
* Download the 2020 Q2 issue

Panorama Q2-2020 - Online Version - cover


The San Francisco Civic Center

In addition to our regular publications, the San Francisco Historical Society offers several books for sale in our store, including:

The San Francisco Civic Center: A History of the Design, Controversies, and Realization of a City Beautiful Masterpiece

In The San Francisco Civic Center, James Haas tells the complete story of San Francisco’s Civic Center and how it became one of the most complete developments envisioned by any American city. Originally planned and designed by John Galen Howard in 1912, the San Francisco Civic Center is considered in both design and materials one of the finest achievements of the American reformist City Beautiful movement, an urban design movement that began more than a century ago. (Hardcover, 2019).

When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush

The latest book by SFHS Founder and President Emeritus Charles A. Fracchia, is available exclusively through the San Francisco Historical Society.

You may purchase the book from our online store, or by calling 415-537-1105 ext. 0 during regular business hours.

Barbary Coast Trail Guidebooks

Two Barbary Coast Trail guides, written by trail founder Daniel Bacon, are currently available to enrich the experience of your self-guided walking tour. Trail guides are available at local bookstores, visitor information centers, and online.

Barbary Coast Trail Official Guide
32-page full-color guide includes map, illustrations, site descriptions and old photos.
Purchase the guide here.

Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail
247-page paperback includes maps, trail guide, anecdotal history of early San Francisco, and tips on restaurants and fun things to do along the trail.
Purchase the guide here.

SF Urban Ore: MUNI

SF Urban Ore: MUNI

San Francisco Urban Ore: MUNI

Explore San Francisco’s hidden history along popular MUNI routes. Learn more.