National Archives at San Francisco

Finding Aids for the National Archives at San Francisco

The National Archives at San Bruno in San Francisco, California, is part of one of the National Archives' 11 Regional Archives. The National Archives at San Bruno holds federal records from Northern and Central California, Nevada (except Clark County), Hawaii, American Somoa and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

NARA's Pacific Region (San Francisco) has a variety of guides, reference information papers, lists, and other finding aids.

How to Search Our Materials

National Archives Catalog

The National Archives Catalog contains selected information pertaining to records at the San Bruno facility. To find descriptions of selected records from the facility's archival holdings in this searchable database, use the search box below, or click on one of the selected topics. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the National Archives at San Bruno staff.


Search Microfilm available in the National Archives at San Francisco
  • From the Microfilm Search page, click on the blue "Use our Microfilm Search" button
  • Click on "Advanced Search" (link is to the right of the Search button)
  • Under "Viewing Location", select the Pacific Region (San Bruno) from the dropdown menu
  • Click on "Search"
  • Tip: You can narrow your search by entering a term under "Subject Terms", such as "military" or "census".
  • See also Microfilm lists for Vessels arriving at San Francisco, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1891--1957

  • World War I Draft Registration Cards, Microfilm Roll List

Other Resources

Online Exhibits

For Educators and Students