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The San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society (the "Society") is a membership-based non-profit institution. The Society's mission is to collect, preserve and present art, artifacts and recorded materials that reflect the history and culture of African Americans in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Society also sponsors and supports research, publications and educational activities related to the history and culture of African Americans.
Founded in 1955, the Society is the oldest institution of its type in the western United States. It is the lineal descendant of African American literary and cultural associations in San Francisco that began with the establishment of the San Francisco Athenaeum and Literary Association in 1853.