The purpose of this guide is to give students a starting point when searching for information on the history of hotels and restaurants in San Francisco. Always ask for assistance if you cannot find the information you are seeking.
ACCESS TO FULLTEXT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE 1865-1922!
San Francisco Chronicle Historical (1865-1922) | (ProQuest)
Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. Note: At this time the database houses the Chronicle from 1900 – 1922. New content is being added weekly with the goal to have preceding dates (1865-1899) searchable by the end of the year.
Restaurants & hotels from the1920's and before that are still open for business
When searching by subject in the CityCat, use the following terminology:
- Restaurants -- California -- San Francisco -- History
- Hotels -- California -- San Francisco -- History
- Hotels -- California -- San Francisco
You may also conduct a SUBJECT search using the NAME of a particular hotel or restaurant.
A cook's tour of San Francisco; the best restaurants and their recipes
The fabulous Fior : over 100 years in an Italian kitchen :
the history of San Francisco's Fior d'Italia, America's oldest Italian restaurant, established 1886
The city at the end of the rainbow: San Francisco and its grand hotels
Lights and shades in San Francisco
Old San Francisco: The biography of a city from early days to the earthquake
The Restaurant Industry in San Francisco
Sumptuous dining in gaslight San Francisco (1875-1915)
History of western hotels
Other Libraries and Local Resource Centers
California Historical Society
SFPL - San Francisco History Center
San Francisco Museum & Historical Society
SFSU Labor Archives & Research Center
Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
Chinese Progressive Association of San Francisco
Chinese in California - 1850-1925 [photograph collection]
"Souvenir of the Palace Hotel" San Francisco 1875-1906
SFPL Historic Photograph Collection
Food Firsts - San Francisco Conventions & Visitors Bureau
San Francisco Genealogy
San Francisco History Index
Shaping San Francisco
Bay Area 2000 (decade by decade snapshots of San Francisco)
Cobble, Dorothy Sue. “Organizing the Postindustrial Work Force: Lessons from the History of Waitress Unionism“ Industrial and Labor Relations Review 44, No. 3 (April 1991): 419-36.
Ibid. "Dishing it out! Waitresses and the making of their unions in San Francisco, 1900-1941." In Working People of California. Ed. Cornford, Daniel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. <http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft9x0nb6fg/>.
Hsia, Lisa L. Eating the Exotic: The Growing Acceptability of Chinese cuisine in San Francisco, 1848-1915, 2003.
Demographics/Statistics (historical and current)
Race and Ethnic Population Statistics for San Francisco: 1852 and decades 1860 to 2000 (created by the Government Information Center [GIC])
Historical Census Browser 1790-1960: Geostat Center, University of Virginnia Library (search by County Level Data to view San Francisco statistics).
San Francisco Visitors Statistics- San Francisco Conventions & Visotors Bureau
San Francisco - Quick Facts - US Census Bureau