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Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building

Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library

Within the Witkin Law Library collection, you will find:

  • Attorney / state bar directories
  • State and federal court cases
  • “West’s California Reporter”
  • State and federal court directories
  • Legislative directories
  • Legislative histories

Government Publications

Within the Government Publications room, you will find California state government and federal government publications, which include:

  • Agency and departmental annual and special reports, directories, newsletters, maps, records and publications
  • Agency and licensing board directories, reports, and rosters
  • Commission, committee, and task force reports and minutes
  • Congressional hearing indexes
  • Military registers, directories, and journals
  • U.S. patent database and indexes

Information Services

Information Services, our General Collection Resources, contains:

  • Annual proceedings and membership summaries
  • Industry and commercial newsletters
  • Industry trade journals
  • Genealogy handbooks and guides
  • General directories
  • Military registers, directories, and journals
  • National newspapers

California State Library Building

California History Room

Within the California History Room, you will find specialized genealogy resources, including:

  • California information file
  • Research guides and specialized indexes
  • City and county directories
  • Telephone directories
  • California newspapers
  • City and county histories
  • Image files
  • Manuscript collections
  • Genealogy, historical, and lineage society publications

San Francisco

Sutro Library (5th floor of J. Paul Leonard Library) San Francisco State University

Within the special collections of Sutro Library, you will find:

  • Telephone and city directories
  • Family and local histories
  • Vital, tax, voting, and property records
  • Military and business registries
  • Periodicals from surname associations and historical and genealogical societies
  • Surname and local history card files
  • Daughters of the American Revolution publications
  • Foreign language materials
  • Guides, handbooks, indexes, finding aids and other materials related to domestic and international research.

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