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This website, on its initial public release, is the latest incarnation of Shaping San Francisco, originally a Windows-based multimedia excavation of the lost history of the city. This is the fifth iteration of the project, and has been produced in collaboration with the forthcoming City Museum at the Old Mint.

We invite you to become registered users and begin using the site as a Living Archive of the city. We hope you'll add new writings, diaries from your grandparents, old family photos, historic images of the city, video clips of historic events you attended, scans of tickets, programs, buttons, etc. We also welcome comments on existing content, and repairs to errors where we might have made mistakes (one thing about doing a sprawling history project: there are always mistakes!).

If you find material on this site that you "own" and think we are using without permission, you can ask us to remove it by sending us an email with specific information on what the problem is and what rights you are claiming. We see this as a public service in the public domain, and we don't claim ownership over the content ourselves. It is all under a Creative Commons license (link at bottom of all screens) that precludes using this material for commercial purposes.

more to come...