Historical Organizations

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DocumentLibrary History Collection

The Library History Collection, is located at the Grand Library, 306 Walnut Avenue. The Grand Avenue Library is a historic Carnegie Library and is registered as a historic landmark.

The collection contains local yearbooks, memorabilia, newspaper issues and clippings, journals, government documents, maps, phone books, pamphlets, books, oral history tapes, and magazines.  The history collection also contains thousands of photographs.

The collection also contains general genealogical reference materials.

306 Walnut Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 877-8530

Hours: Available by appointment only.

South San Francisco Historical Society


The South San Francisco Historical Society has two facilities in SSF featuring historical information.  The Historical Society Museum, at 80 Chestnut Avenue houses a collection which includes vintage clothing, photos and artifacts, oral history tapes, historic school yearbooks, newspapers and maps, special exhibits, and a database for researching historical photographs.  The Plymire-Schwarz Center is a restored 1905 colonial revival style house located at 519 Grand Avenue.  This historic home was donated to the Historical Society who worked diligently to restore the furnishings with period-appropriate antiques.

Document 1Plymire Schwarz Museum

519 Grand Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Hours: Wed 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.




Membership is open to all who are interested. Membership meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of March, June, September and December at Magnolia Senior Center, 601 Grand Avenue. Board meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the other eight months and are open meetings which any member is welcome to attend (dates in January and February may change due to holiday schedule). Membership is $15 for individuals and $20 for families.

Document 2Historical Society Museum

80 Chestnut Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 829-3825

Tues & Thurs 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday (2nd & 4th) 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Other Historical Organizations and Information Sources

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