But now, as the San Francisco Daily reports, more than 700 original photographs from those archives are being sold on eBay. The SF Daily's Richard Cole reports:
- The archives, dating back to the 1860s, are from the era when Hearst Corp. owned the Examiner.
"The archive was donated as an entire historical record, and that was where most of the value came from," complained history buff Anne Taylor. "If these archives were donated for a tax break worth millions of dollars, why are they being sold off picture by picture on E-Bay?"
The University of California at Berkeley, which received the archives, insists it is not the seller.
"We are aware of the sales, but it is not the university," said spokeswoman Kathleen Maclay.
- College of San Mateo history Professor Michael Svanevik spent time in the old Examiner archives before the donation, and said it was possible the collection could have been pilfered when it was stored at the old Warfield theater.
"The place was horrible," he said. "I found homeless people sleeping on the floor in the morning, and there were pigeons flying around, crapping on the archives."