The Argonaut is the flagship publication of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. It began publication in 1990, with one issue per year. In 1994, The Argonaut expanded to two issues per year.

The publication has been enthusiastically praised by SFMHS members for its design and for its well written, illustrated articles covering a wide diversity of topics dealing with San Francisco history. That feeling was echoed by the American Association of Museums, who awarded The Argonaut an honorable mention for design in 2009.

Articles for The Argonaut are written both by amateur historians with expertise on a subject and by professional historians writing on areas that they have extensively researched.

Many back issues of The Argonaut are still available for purchase. The cost is $10 each (plus postage and handling and sales tax, if applicable). Regrettably, we’re unable to offer electronic versions of previous issues due to copyright issues. We are currently revamping our online store to include the available issues, but the process is not yet complete. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (415) 537-1105, extension 0 to check on availability.

Click here to download a complete list of Argonaut articles by issue.