The San Bruno Mountain Archives seek to:

  • Share stories that illuminate the unique significance of San Bruno Mountain

  • Give voice to grassroots and unconventional understandings and experiences of San Bruno Mountain

  • Explore the lively and complicated political history of San Bruno Mountain

  • Record the changing environmental and social conditions of the mountain and its surrounding communities

  • Establish a platform where people can both personally and collectively gain a wide-ranging and intimate appreciation of San Bruno Mountain and its ecological and cultural dramas

  • Gather, digitize, categorize, and circulate a vast collection of photographs, articles, leaflets, and more regarding San Bruno Mountain from a variety of sources.

Please continue to check in with the San Bruno Mountain Archive as new material will be continuously uploaded to both expand the collections shown below and create new collections.

The public is invited to contribute relevant materials to the collection. Please email or call the office at 415 467 6631 to discuss further.



Saving San Bruno Mountain is a never-ending journey. Explore the creativity and heart of the grassroots communities that have fought for their vision of San Bruno Mountain.

San bruno MOuntain hermits

The mountain is a place of refuge and healing. Its slopes and canyons have provided the essence of “home” in a unique way to countless people, plants, and animals. The stories of the San Bruno Mountain hermits have proved captivating and important in the folklore of San Bruno Mountain. Their presence on the mountain sparked difficult conversations about homelessness, mental health, the place of humans in nature, scales of environmental destruction, authorized and unauthorized housing, life ways, and more.

San bruno mountain art

These works of art express many moments of intimate connection between the people and San Bruno Mountain. We are grateful to those who open themselves to patiently witness the life of mountain and interpret its character through art.


Paradise valley, ssf

Tucked between the northern side of Sign Hill and the southern slopes of San Bruno Mountain, this Paradise Valley in South San Francisco changed significantly in the 1990s with the creation of the TerraBay developments. It was previously known for its abundance of coast iris, critical butterfly habitat, and pastoral character as the site of a 4H farm.

northeast ridge

The Northeast Ridge forms the northern boundary of San Bruno Mountain’s Guadalupe Valley. These grassy hills, prime habitat for the endangered mission blue and callippe silverspot butterflies, were the site of controversial developments in Brisbane allowed under the habitat conservation plan.

David schooley

David Schooley joined the original Committee to Save San Bruno Mountain nearly 50 years ago; since then, his life has been thoroughly intertwined with the saga of San Bruno Mountain. At the heart of David’s existence is a raw dedication to a steady and sensitive watchfulness over this special place on Earth. David has inspired and touched countless people with his gentle jolliness and the depth of his humble familiarity and care for the plants, animals, and people of San Bruno Mountain. From David we learn how to seek, savor, and guard the soul of a place with all of the stubbornness, sweetness, and silliness of our wild, human hearts.

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