The Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood’s history is one of its most valuable resources, and one of its most precarious. The neighborhood is subject to sweeping change via urban planning and socio-economic trends. Population density is spiking as racial, cultural, class and other demographics shift. The Bayview of tomorrow is sure to be different, but can retain its scrappy charm and commitment to social justice if we remember where we came from.
Bayview Footprints’ goal is not only to tell a balanced story of the area as it is now and is becoming, but also to help preserve the rich history on which we are building.
Our own blog, It’s What Community Looks Like, serves hundreds of posts and original content about the neighborhood’s illustrious history.
We’ve pulled together some other good resources for you. Enjoy:
- Bayview Hunters Point Area B Survey is the “Historic Context Statement” for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s activity in the neighborhood. It was prepared by Kelly & VerPlanck in 2010.
- The DIVA Project is brought to you by special arrangement between SF State University and Bayview Footprints. New video summaries have been added to help bring decades of historic video from local television back to life.
- FoundSF – “A Brief History of Bayview Hunters Point” by Will Roscoe
- Hunters Point Family shares historical context for their community organization on their website.
- Hunters Point Shipyard Artists – History of the artists’ colony at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.
- The SF Bay View National Black Newspaper was founded in 1976. Its mission is to be the communications network for the Black community worldwide. But since the publishers are Bayview residents, and Bayview is a traditionally African American neighborhood, you’re sure to find lots of good local information.
- SF Genealogy – “San Francisco History” by subject and place
- SF Public Library archives – What began as the Bayview History Preservation Project, a Bayview Footprints Network co-founding organization started by Bayview Branch Librarian Linda Brooks-Burton (for whom the library is now named) has become a Flickr space with several hundred images of pre-digital news pieces about the neighborhood including Bayview Footprints own print editions beginning in January 2008.
- Shades of Bayview is an archive of nearly 100 historic images that came out of a community photographic history project of the SF History Center.
- Stanford – “Trouble in Paradise: Postwar History of San Francisco’s Hunters Point Neighborhood” is a 2008 Honors Thesis by Kelsey Finch
- U.C. Berkeley Journalism School – “A Brief History of Bayview Hunters Point,” and 11-part series of articles by journalism students done in 2006, traces important voices and events in the neighborhood.
- Wikipedia – of course.
- Bayview Branch Library – Always helpful staff work hard to make historical resources available.
- Chris Carlsson – The force behind Shaping San Francisco. Chris leads bike tours of San Francisco, including the Southeast Sector of the City.
- Tricia O’Brien – Author of Arcadia Press’ “San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point” book of images and text about the neighborhood’s past.
- John William Templeton – The first black editor of a business newspaper, writer, speaker, and tour guide.
- San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society is one of the largest research archives of African American life in the West.
Know of an online resource on the subject of Bayview Hunters Point history that isn’t on this list?
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