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Other Online Resources on Berkeley History

An online exhibit, The Heart of Berkeley: The Historic McGee-Spaulding District, includes a timeline that covers quite a bit of Berkeley history, with an emphasis on the area bounded by Dwight Way,  Sacramento Street, University Avenue, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

Berkeley Public Library – See https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/topics/berkeley-history. On this website you can find:

• historic photos of Berkeley

• a subject index to History Room clipping files, viewable by appointment

• an index of Berkeley Daily Gazette obituaries

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association has a search function that can lead you to many articles about Berkeley people and places. (Scroll down to bottom of home page.)

The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project was established in 1997 with sponsorship from the City of Berkeley and its Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) and the Berkeley Historical Society (BHS). In addition to informative plaques around the city, their website includes a section of e-Plaques—texts and images that exist solely on line.

Some past issues of the Berkeley Daily Gazette from 1911 through 1946 are viewable on Google News, but it is by no means a complete archive.

The Independent Voices website has a searchable digital collection including the Berkeley Barb and Berkeley Tribe alternative newspapers.

Alan Cohen's History of Berkeley from the Ground Up has many details of the complex history of property ownership and development in and around Berkeley from the rancho period to the early 20th century.

The Berkeley Daily Planet online newspaper has numerous articles about Berkeley history—see "Search the Planet" at top of home page. 

Tom Dalzell's Quirky Berkeley blog sometimes delves into details of the city's history.

A Visual History of the Free Speech Movement is a UC Berkeley website.

History of Telegraph Avenue is provided by the Telegraph Business Improvement District.

East Bay Yesterday is a podcast that's mostly Oakland-centric but sometimes touches on Berkeley history. 


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