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The holdings of the National Archives at San Francisco include over 70,000 cubic feet of original records dating from the 1850s to the 1980s, with a limited number of records as recent as the early 2000s. These records were generated by the Federal courts and more than 100 Federal agency field offices in:

  • northern and central California
  • Nevada (except Clark County)
  • Hawaii
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
    i.e. Marshall, Caroline, and Northern Mariana Islands
Our holdings also include records of U.S. Navy bases on foreign territory in the Pacific and Far East.

Our holdings are a primary resource for the study of Asian-Pacific immigration, environmental and natural history, naval and military activity in the Pacific, the American Indian experience, and many other aspects of United States history.
Learn more about our holdings and the areas they cover

We also have a large collection of National Archives microfilm relating to the history of our region as well as limited genealogical records from elsewhere in the United States. Our Research Room public access computers provide free, on-site access to several genealogical web sites.

The National Archives at San Francisco is located in the Leo J. Ryan Memorial Federal Building in San Bruno, California.

Contact Us

  • Please contact us for an appointment in advance to make the best use of your time at our facility


Leo J. Ryan Memorial Federal Building
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, California 94066-2350

Phone: (650) 238-3501



The facility is located in San Bruno, California, approximately 12 miles south of San Francisco, about 5 minutes from San Francisco International Airport.


Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., with extended hours on Wednesday until 5:30 P.M
Closed weekends and Federal holidays.

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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272