About Us


San Diego History Center Collections (https://collections.sandiegohistory.org) offers a convenient way to search, purchase, and download thousands of historic images of the collection of the San Diego History Center from anywhere in the world.

  • Explore topics like beach culture, everyday people and street scenes, classic architecture, historic events, sports, fashion and style, San Diego’s unique neighborhoods and communities, and more.
  • Save images to a Favorites gallery and email the gallery to a colleague or a client for easy collaboration.
  • Add images to your cart and select from a wide range of licenses suitable for any project. From decorating your home or office to researching images for your next publication, SDHC Collections can serve unique content for your next project.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?  

Only a fraction of SDHC’s collection is represented on this site. Email the Collections staff collections@sandiegohistory.org to inquire about other images that may be available for your project. New images will be added to the site regularly, so continue to check back for additional content!

You can also request fee-based remote research assistance. Check out research guides and resources, and research services here


All proceeds support the San Diego History Center, fulfilling our mission to preserve and reveal San Diego’s history past, present and future.

The cost to download an image from this site is determined by your planned use and/or the copyright status of the image.

Download the complete fee schedule here [hyperlink]. For questions or concerns about pricing, or to request a quote, please contact Collections staff at collections@sandiegohistory.org


SDHC Collections staff also handles requests for reproductions of sound recordings and moving images from the collection. For more information, please contact Collections staff at collections@sandiegohistory.org.

Information about other research services is located here.


The San Diego Historical Society dba San Diego History Center (SDHC) was established in 1928 by noted philanthropist, businessman and civic leader George W. Marston and a group of prominent San Diegans to preserve and promote the history of the San Diego region. SDHC is home to millions of historical objects, images, documents, and art. Visit San Diego History Center’s website for more information.

The SDHC presents these images, documents, and collections as part of the historical record that reflect the culture and language of particular periods and places. SDHC does not endorse the views expressed in these items, some of which may contain offensive material or negative stereotypes.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Visit our Help page for FAQs or email the Collections staff at collections@sandiegohistory.org.



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