Berkeley History Room

Fiction Set in Berkeley

Collection Summary

Available in the Berkeley History Room

  • Berkeley Gazette Obituary Index
  • Yearbooks — Jr and Senior High & UC Berkeley
  • City directories — from the 1870s to 1943 both online and physically in the History Room
  • Telephone directories — from the 1920s to the present
  • Berkeley City Council — minutes back to 1930
  • Berkeley Daily Gazette from 1894 to 1983
  • Berkeley Sanborn maps — in print, on microfilm.
  • Near-complete runs of the Berkeley Barb, Tribe, Berkeley Insider, City Miner, Berkeley Viewpoint, Berkeley Samisdat Review, and the CNA Newsletter
  • Oral histories, city documents, local maps, brochures, pamphlets, postcards, photographs, and videos
  • Clipping files — The Berkeley History Room newspaper clipping file contains flyers, brochures and articles from local newspapers about people, politics, businesses, organizations, and events in Berkeley, arranged under some 1,500 subject headings. Download a list of clipping files subject headings PDF File. The entire file is 80 linear feet. The oldest material dates from the 1920s, but most of it is from the 1970s to the present. No newspaper articles were added after December 31, 2006. Contents of the files can be photocopied. For electronic access to recent newspaper articles see Local Newspapers Available Online.
  • The Library's own publications, including "Fiction Set in Berkeley" and an index to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association's calendars
  • The War File — clippings and pamphlets on Berkeley in World War II
  • The Swingle Collection — books, promotional circulars and broadsides, photographs and photographic negatives, ephemeral items, and manuscript materials on the history and life of Berkeley from 1842 to 1942
  • Berkeley Alumni Association Archives (Berkeley Public Schools, not UC Berkeley)
  • Berkeley Junior Traffic Police Archives, 1936 to 1968