History Theses Online

The History Thesis phase of the Masters Thesis Project is now completed. There are 194 USF history theses online, all of which are searchable by text. For instance, searching “California mission” in  “Thesis Keyword,” under Advanced Keyword Search in Ignacio, produces a selection of diverse theses, which also can be searched individually by keyword. There are a number of USF theses focusing on local history, such as Tunnels and residential growth in San Francisco, 1910-1930, by Vincent Ring, Employer organization in San Francisco, 1921-1942, by Patricia Deasy, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, 1870-1970 : a centennial evaluation, by Roy Cox.

A diagram from Mr. Cox’s thesis, below, shows the proposed eastern section of Golden Gate Park and also the Panhandle, which around 1870 was referred to as “The Avenue.” This designation was perhaps due to the fact that most of its area was to contain a broad and winding thoroughfare. Other differences to the present day include the Masonic Cemetery, later to become the site for St. Ignatius Church, Lott Street, which is now Central Avenue, and 13th Avenue, now Funston Avenue. Click image to enlarge.

2 thoughts on “History Theses Online”

  1. I wanted to know: 1) May USF Alumni access the online library? 2) Is a password and acccess approval required? 3) How does one receive this approval? 4) Is there a fee? 5) How much? 6) Is this a one-time only fee? Please advise.

  2. There is no fee to access the online library. It is available to all on the Internet. There may be some items behind an access firewall due to copyright restrictions.

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