Partners of the National Archives at San Francisco
The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the one million immigrants who entered the "Ellis Island of the West" between 1910 and 1940. In partnership with the California State Parks, the National Park Service, and the National Archives, the AIISF seeks to restore the historic structures on the Immigration Station site and preserve the 300 poems and inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, Punjabi and Russian. These writings on the barracks' walls speak of the isolation, anguish, and anger of these stranded souls seeking entrance to the United States in a time of racially biased immigration laws.
The Immigration Station was designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1997 and declared one of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" in 1999.
The Immigration Station is located on Angel Island State Park, which is accessible via ferry from San Francisco and Tiburon. Visitors are welcome to tour the Immigration Station Museum, which is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about tours, call 415 435.5390. For more information about AIISF, call 415 262.4429, or visit www.aiisf.org.
Established by state statute in 1850, the California State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is the official repository for the state's permanent governmental records as well as other materials documenting California history. The California State Archives collects, describes, preserves, and provides access to the historic records of state government and some local governments. The California State Archives serves a wide variety of researchers whose interests range from legislative intent and public policy to genealogy and railroad history in California.
To learn more, please visit: www.sos.ca.gov/archives
The San Mateo County History Museum and Archives
The San Mateo County History Museum and Archives is part of a private, non-profit organization dedicated to "enrich, excite and educate through understanding, preserving and interpreting the history of San Mateo County."
The history of San Mateo County reflects the growth of the Bay Area - its colorful characters, the 19th century suburban experience and transportation stories, preservation and use of the county's natural resources, and the key role San Mateo County played in supporting the growth of San Francisco. Their collections also include items that depict San Mateo County's rich immigration history and include a gallery devoted to the immigrant experience.
Museum galleries devoted to diverse topics - including an extensive horse-drawn vehicle collection with four vehicles currently on exhibit - are supported by an archival program that preserves the records, offers an extensive photograph, prints, and map collection, and provides reference services to interested patrons.
The museum and archives are located in an atmosphere of restored elegance in the heart of Redwood City's downtown in the 1910 San Mateo County Courthouse. The organization also supports key sites at the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica and the Woodside Store, and hosts a variety of educational programs for school students, adults, and families.
For more information, please visit www.historysmc.org
The Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, founded in 1986, with the goal of helping Hispanics/Latinos research their family history. Although the group is based in Orange County, California, networking participation via the Internet is world-wide, via www.SomosPrimos.com. SHHAR is maintained through donations.
For more information about SHHAR, see www.SHHAR.net
The South San Francisco Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together those people interested in the past, present, and future of our community and to preserve our heritage for future generations. In partnership with the City of South San Francisco, the Society's museum is housed in a city facility at 80 Chestnut Avenue. On display are photos and artifacts highlighting the manufacturing past of The Industrial City. Industries such as meat packing, steel forging, ship building, leather tanning, cattle ranching and flower growing flourished in South San Francisco and provided jobs and prosperity to the region. Admission is free.
To learn more, see http://www.ssf.net/history or call (650) 829-3825