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Plan your visit. Prepare to be inspired.

Letterform Archive
1001 Mariposa Street #307
San Francisco, CA 94107, USA


Archive & Reading Room:   By appointment only. See below.
Administrative Office:   Mon.–Fri., 10am–6pm

+1 415 802 7485

Intro Tours

Experience the collection

Discover some of the most treasured pieces of Letterform Archive’s collection during this 1.5-hour guided tour.

Explore and interact with a curated selection of books, periodicals, posters, sketches, original art for reproduction, and related ephemera that chronicle the history of written communication. From the invention of writing and medieval manuscripts to modernism, the advent of print to the proliferation of digital type, our collection tells the story of civilization through graphic design.

Intro tours in 2018:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2–3:30pm, free

Intro tours in 2019:
Tuesdays, 2–3:30pm, free
Fridays, 3–4:30pm, free

Reserve your spot

Research Visits

Take a deeper dive into the collection

A research visit is a great opportunity to delve into our holdings of a specific designer, era, medium, or topic. Tell us a little about your interests in advance, and our staff will pull a variety of relevant materials just for you. Whether it’s a work project, school assignment, or personal endeavor, inspiration awaits — sometimes where you least expect it!

Wednesdays, 3–6pm, free

Reserve your spot

We can also set up research vists around your schedule, please email us to make arrangements.

Private Groups

Design Teams and Corporate Groups

Bring your design team for a unique off-site.

Prepare for a new client or just get out of the office with a tailored tour of some of most interesting pieces from the Archive's collection.

Email us to schedule your group tour and find out more about pricing.

Classes and Nonprofits

Thanks to generous donors, classes and nonprofits can experience the Archive free of charge.

Bring your class or nonprofit to the Archive for a customzied tour with a selection of books, periodicals, posters, sketches, original art for reproduction, and related ephemera based on your syllabus or learning outcomes.

Email us to schedule your group.

The Archive Through Visitors’ Eyes