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Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony Archives! We collect, preserve, and provide access to current and historical records of the San Francisco Symphony, serving our staff, musicians, and the public. Our collections document the heritage of the Symphony, its evolving nature, and its continued presence in the cultural life of the Bay Area.

Our collections include:

  • Programs and performance history
  • Press clippings
  • Scrapbooks
  • Posters
  • Guest artist and event files
  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Ephemera
  • Administrative Records

We provide reference services by phone and email. Our collections can also be accessed on site, by appointment. Please contact us with any questions!

Adrienne Harling,

Kristin Lipska,
Digital and Media Archives Coordinator

1) The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra during the Standard Symphony Hour, season of 1929-1930.

2) Music Director Seiji Ozawa and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in rehearsal with the San Francisco Symphony in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, June 1973.

3) Composer Lou Harrison and composer John Adams with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas at a December 18, 1995 press conference in Davies Symphony Hall to announce “An American Festival” during the 1995-96 season.

Discover Our First Century

The interactive Adobe Timeline captures the Symphony's first 100 years.


A series of twelve podcasts that explore nearly a century's worth of the San Francisco Symphony's recordings, including some that have not been available to the public for generations.