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The Ocean Beach Historical Society welcomes those who wish to research local history. If you would like to see materials not currently on display, we ask that you observe the following guidelines. We have established this policy in order to accommodate visitors’ requests, to maintain the condition and integrity of the collection, and to respect the rights of donors, photographers, and artists.

Requests must be submitted in writing via our “Request to Retrieve Materials” form or via letter. Requests are reviewed and processed within 7 gallery business days, if possible. (Please note our hours and days of operation.) Viewings are by appointment, and all materials must stay on the premises. We do not permit on-site scanning, photography, videotaping, or reproduction of any kind. There is a $25 retrieval fee (waived for current members).

The Ocean Beach Historical Society cannot grant requests to reproduce photos, postcards, maps, original artwork or documents of any kind.

Special requests for those doing academic or professional research must be submitted in writing, along with the appropriate credentials, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Fees will be assessed accordingly.

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