What is FoundSF.org?
FoundSF is a wiki that invites history buffs, community leaders, and San Francisco citizens of all kinds to share their unique stories, images, and videos from past and present. There are over 1,800 articles here presenting primary sources, essays, and images from history... and we hope you'll add to it to help it grow!
How can I access the articles here?
There are four ways to explore the articles in FoundSF. You can use the search bar at the right to look for terms of interest, click on the "Random Page" link at right to jump to a surprise article, check out the Categories to search by topic, or explore the themed collections featuring grouped articles of interest.
The Categories allow you to browse articles by:
Is the information on FoundSF neutral and balanced?
No. Unlike Wikipedia, FoundSF does not have a mission to present a "neutral point of view." Instead, we are focused on presenting real artifacts of history, and some of the best of these are highly biased and provocative. For example, Mark Twain's searing satire of General Funston is a unique, provocative, and highly opinionated piece of history.
So how can I tell what to believe about the information on this site?
Each article on FoundSF is labeled at the top as a historical essay, primary source, "I was there" account, or unfinished history. The primary sources and "I was there" accounts are authentic pieces of history. The historical essays have citations with the original author's name. "Unfinished history" pieces are collaborative projects of the community and are as neutral and balanced as possible.
Can I contribute my own stories and edit the articles here?
Absolutely! You can edit any article labeled unfinished history, or create your own following these steps.
If you would like to contribute a primary source or "I was there" account, your article will represent your experience alone and you will be responsible for verifying its authenticity. Please email us to discuss if your work is appropriate to be included as a primary source.
Who manages FoundSF?
FoundSF is facilitated by Shaping San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. You can reach us with your comments on this project, questions about San Francisco history, or suggestions for improvements by emailing us. We'd love to hear from you.