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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.

Parts of the Berkeley Historical Society collection are viewable on CatalogIt Hub.

The Berkeley Public Library's Berkeley history page has a subject index to History Room clipping files, viewable by appointment, and links to maps, photos, an obituary index and more.

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 online.

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 Gazette is also available at

For a quick overview of "Berkeley Firsts," see this Chronicle article from 2008.

"How Berkeley Became Berkeley" by Dave Weinstein gives highlights of his book, It Came from Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World.

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

Alan J. Cohen's History of Berkeley from the Ground Up (now archived on 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. See especially the "Gone" category in the right sidebar menu.

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

The Berkeley Revolution focuses on the late 1960s and 1970s. It emerged from an honors undergraduate seminar in American Studies at UC Berkeley, “The Bay Area in the Seventies,” taught by Scott Saul in the spring of 2017 and repeated in 2018 and 2020. It contains more than 500 documents that together explore "the rare city in the United States where the transformations of the 1960s continued to gain momentum in the 1970s."

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. 

David Mundstock compiled a chronology of Berkeley politics in the 1970s and campaign posters from the '70s and beyond.

The South Berkeley Legacy Project has a Facebook page, including a video of a neighborhood walking tour.

The searchable City of Berkeley's Records Online contains election information, ordinances, resolutions, agendas, meeting minutes, contracts, and other City documents.

The Berkeley Citizen website has some interesting links, especially to past community activism.

There is an online version of the 1941 book Berkeley, the First Seventy-Five Years.

To delve further, e.g. for genealogy research, you might try: Golden Nugget Library's Alameda County Databases.

For photos of early Berkeley, see also:

For online historic maps, see UC Berkeley Library's Historic Maps of the Bay Area.


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