San Francisco Archives Crawl: Counterculture and Social Protest

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Join the California Historical Society, San Francisco History Center, Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, GLBT Historical Society, University of California, San Francisco, Sutro Library, and Levis Strauss & Co. Archives for San Francisco’s first Archives Crawl. The theme for the Archives Crawl is Counterculture and Social Protest and we are celebrating in October, which is Archives Month!

Archives Crawl is designed to celebrate archives in the city and encourages guests to explore and engage with institutions that collect archival material. Visit institutions you may not have visited before, pose questions, learn more about what an archive is and what archivists do. Complete the Archives Crawl at 5:00PM with a beer and wine celebration in the California Historical Society Gallery.

Make sure to register & check in at one of the locations you visit to gain access to all of them!

●California Historical Society

678 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94105

●GLBT Historical Society Archives

GLBT Archives will be tabling at California Historical Society

●San Francisco Public Library, History Center

100 Larkin Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102

●San Francisco State University Labor Archives and Research Center

J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460, San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132

● University of California, San Francisco (Archives and Special Collections)

530 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143

● Sutro Library, J. Paul Leonard Library, 5th Floor, San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132

Special Viewing from 12:00-2:00PM @

Levi Strauss & Co. Archives

The Vault Museum @ Levi’s Plaza, 1155 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111


12:00PM: Crawl begins

12:00–2:00PM: Special Collections Viewing and Tours at Levi Strauss & Co. Archives, The Vault Museum, Levi’s Plaza, 1155 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

  • Meet Conservator/Archivist Stacia Fink and participate in special tours of The Vault at 12:30PM, 1:00PM, 1:30PM.

  • See rarely seen Levi Strauss & Co. Archives on display and talk to staff on hand!

2:00–5:00PM: Visit six participating organizations and view rarely seen collections connected to counterculture and social protest.

5:00–6:30PM: Closing Reception at CHS

  • Please reserve a spot on the California Historical Society website. Capacity is limited.

Tips to getting around the Archives Crawl

● Taking Public Transit is the best way to visit the spots on the Archives Crawl. Take the bus, MUNI, or BART to many of the locations.

● Each institution may have tips on how to handle or view the materials. Remember to listen closely to the archivists and staff on hand.

● Ask questions, listen to stories, and have fun!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact with questions

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring your printed tickets, simply provide your first and last name to the person who is checking guests in (and at any location), they will check you off a list, and the attendant will provide you a sticker that gives you access to each location.

A thank you to our collaborators!

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