About the Archives

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music's archives documents the history of the Conservatory through the collecting of Conservatory publications, records, manuscripts, photographs, and other items of permanent historical value to the Conservatory. For research assistance, please contact archivist Tessa Updike at 415-503-6312 or tessa.updike@sfcm.edu.

The archives are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm by appointment. Contact the archvist to schedule a visit.


Do you have materials you would like to donate to the archives? Please review our Collection Development Policy to read about what we collect. Contact the archivist for more information, or to offer an item/collection to the archives.

Share Your Memories!

  • Alumni Reminiscences – Are you an alum? This is a project dedicated to collecting your stories, memories and images for your time at the Conservatory. Visit the site to see featured alumni and to share your own memories!
  • Community Chronicles – We welcome our community – from current and former faculty and staff to trustees, donors, friends and visitors – to share your favorite memories here!

Oral History Project
The Conservatory's Oral History Project has the goal of seeking out and collecting memories of historical significance to the Conservatory through recorded interviews with members of the Conservatory's community, which will then be preserved, transcribed, and made available to the public.

SFCM History Blog

Our history blog, Notes from the Past, is a way to share interesting historical items found in the Conservatory's archives. Check in regularly to see what we discover!

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music archives collects materials that relate to the history of the Conservatory. Inventories for many of our collections are available by contacting the archivist. Not all collections are complete, and restrictions and permissions vary, so please contact the archivist with any questions.

  • Annual Reports, 1972-2003
  • Artist Biographical Files
  • Board Minutes (restricted)
  • Catalogs, 1919-Present
  • Faculty Biographical Files
  • News Clippings
  • Newsletters, 1924-Present
  • Objects (artifacts)
  • Oral Histories
  • Papers of Conservatory Leaders
  • Performance Calendars, 1972-Present
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Press Releases
  • Programs of Recorded Conservatory Performances, 1969-Present
  • Programs of Non-recorded Conservatory Performances, 1917-Present
  • Scrapbooks of news clippings, programs and ephemera
  • Sound Archives (Conservatory in-house performances)
    • Reel-to-reel tapes, 1967-1983
    • Cassette tapes, 1980-2000
    • VHS tapes, 1986-2005
    • CDs, 1998-2014
    • DVDs, 2003-2014