The Sutro Library holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro (1830–1898), California businessman and San Francisco mayor. The library has a large collection of publications and items dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries. It also has one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S.

Adolph Sutro’s heirs donated his collection to the California State Library in 1913 with the requirement that the collection stay within the city of San Francisco. After operating in various locations in the city for almost 100 years, the Sutro Library moved to a permanent home at San Francisco State University in 2012.

Notable items in the collection are:

  • Willam Shakespeare’s First, Second, Third and Fourth folios (1623-1685);
  • Letters and papers of British explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks (1800s);
  • The Mexican Collection: materials on Mexican culture, religion, and politics (1540-1889);
  • Belgian mapmaker Pieter van den Keere’s World Map (1611).
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