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ARCHIVES 2008: Archival R/Evolution & Identities

72nd Annual Meeting
Pre-conference Programs: August 24–27, 2008
Conference Dates: August 26–30, 2008
2008 Exposition Dates: August 28–29, 2008
Hilton San Francisco
333 O'Farrell Street

Diverse San Francisco


Experience San Francisco's diversity on your own terms! Throw yourself into the teeming urban culture - visit some of the hundreds of museums, tea gardens, parks, historical societies, and more. Take advantage of some of the many professionally-organized and self-guided tours. The listings below should get you started....


General Guides and Passes:  


For assistance with the professional tour arrangements, contact Polina Ilieva at polina.ilieva[at]


California's Official Vacation Guide:

San Francisco Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Go San Francisco Card:
“Admission to over 45 of the best attractions, activities, and tours are included with the Go San Francisco Card. Tailor your own custom itineraries, allowing each person to do what is most fun for them. And with unlimited flexibility, you can change your plans on the fly. You just carry one, easy-to-use pocket sized card, available in 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7 day increments, starting at $45 ($29 for kids 12 & under).”

San Francisco City Pass

  • 7 Famous San Francisco Attractions ...includes unlimited cable car rides!
  • $54.00 for adults, $39 for kids
"San Francisco CityPass includes six attraction admissions and a seven-day MUNI & Cable Car Passport. All CityPass attractions are accessible via MUNI’s cable cars and light rail, and the ticket booklet gives easy directions to San Francisco’s famous neighborhoods and landmarks. In Golden Gate Park, see the new de Young Museum, then visit the Legion of Honor for free on the same day; Exploratorium in the Presidio near the Golden Gate Bridge; Asian Art Museum; SF Museum of Modern Art in the cultural district; Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure from Pier 41; and the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39, with its wealth of restaurants, shops and fun. Bonus tickets make the value even better. Taste San Francisco chocolate and sourdough bread, shop at Bloomingdale’s, tour the baseball stadium, and visit the sea lions at Pier 39."


Organizations, Libraries, and Museums:  


African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC):

Angel Island State Park:

Asian Art Museum:

Beat Museum:

Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco:

Chinese Historical Society of America: Museum and Learning Center:

Contemporary Jewish Museum:

Galeria de la Raza: an interdisciplinary Chicano/Latino Space for Art, Thought, and Activism:

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS):

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California:

Japanese tea garden:

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco:

Manilatown Heritage Foundation:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial:

Mint Project:

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts:

Mission Dolores

San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau photo taken by Phil Coblentz

Mission Dolores Basilica:

Museo ItaloAmericano:

Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD):

Museum of Performance and Design (formerly San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum):

National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park:

North Beach Museum: 1435 Stockton, (415) 391-6210

Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitor Center:

Russian Center of San Francisco:


San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society:

San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum:

San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center:

San Francisco Japantown:

San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design:

San Francisco Neighborhood Guide compiled by San Francisco Chronicle:

Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco:

Women's Building:  


Selection of Self-Guided Tours:


Barbary Coast Trail Guide:

Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour:  

LaRochelle's Chocolate Tour: Google Map

Lil Mike's San Francisco Randomly Revelating Rock 'n Reeling Pop Cultural History Mystery Tour: Google Map

A wild time traveling tour through 400 stops in the hilly city's streets with "The Wizard of Was"... You can zoom in tight on 8 pages of San Francisco maps detailing 50 sites each of little landmark locations of the city by the bay's lively music and vibrant subcultural history over the decadent decades. There's pages upon pages of info nuggets, both of dark and light varieties, served up sloppy and sweet in no particular order with ample samples of photographic evidence and occasional videos ... From the arcane to the profane. Enter @ Own Risk....

Chinatown, San Francisco, Chinese New Year
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau photo

National Public Radio, San Francisco, KQED:

Barbary Coast Virtual Tour,

Julia Morgan Walking Tour (Berkeley),

Union Square Walking Tour (pdf),

Only in San Francisco tours organized by San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau:  

African American Excursion,

Asian Immersion,

Latino Love Affair,

Queer Culture Tour,

Overview of San Francisco Neighborhoods by San Francisco Chronicle: "Tour For San Francisco Virgins":




Other Tours:


Walking Tour organized by SAA's Labor Archives Roundtable

SAA's Labor Archives Roundtable presents a walking tour of significant 1934 labor strike locations along the San Francisco waterfront led by Louis Prisco following the Labor Archives Roundtable meeting on August 27. Meet Louis in the lobby of the Hilton at around 3:15 pm, and the tour will probably conclude around 6:30 pm. Contact Jordan Patty, LAR Chair, for more information at wpatty[at] or 703-993-3559.



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