An on-going bibliography of books about Oakland.

Adams, Edson F. Oakland’s Early History. Oakland, 1932.

Adler, Patricia, ed. Fire in the Hills: A Collective Remembrance. Berkeley, 1992.

Allen, Annalee. Oakland. Postcard History Series. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.

___. Selections from the Oakland Tribune. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006.

Architectural Resources Group. Oakland Outlook, Detroit of the West: Oakland Broadway Auto Row, Historic Context Report. San Francisco: Architectural Resources Group, 2006.

Audain, James. Alex Dunsmuir’s Dilemma. Victoria, BC: Sunnyland, 1964.

Bagwell, Beth. Oakland, the Story of a City. Novato: Presidio, 1982; repr. Oakland: Oakland Heritage Alliance, 1994.

Baker, Pam. Oakland: Portrait of Progress. Montgomery: Community Communications, 2002.

Beekman, Roy C. The Romance of Oakland: A Story of the Growth and Development of Oakland and Alemeda County. Oakland: Landis and Kelsey, 1932.

Bennett, Garry Knoz, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, and Arthur Coleman Danto. Made in Oakland: The Furniture of Garry Know Bennett. New York: American Craft Museum, 2001.

Bennett, G. Willis. Effective Urban Church Ministry: Based on Case Study of Allen Temple Baptist Church. Nashville: Broadman, 1983.

Bernhardi, Robert. The Buildings of Oakland. Oakland: Forest Hill, 1979.

Bishop, Harris. How Oakland Aided Her Sister City. Oakland: Oakland Relief Committee, 1906.

Blake, Evarts. Greater Oakland. Oakland: Pacific, 1911.

Blasier, Paula. Voyage. Oakland: Bramalea Pacific, 1991.

Bohn, David. East of These Golden Shores: Architecture of the Earlier Days in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Oakland: Junior League of Oakland and Scrimshaw, 1971.

Bowman, J. N. The Peraltas and Their Houses. Oakland: Alameda County Historical Society, 2001.

Bradford, Amory. Oakland’s Not for Burning. New York: McKay, 1968.

Bredeson, Carmen. Fire in Oakland, California: Billion Dollar Blaze. Springfield, NJ: Enslow, 1999.

Britt, Willie Lee. A Comparative Analysis of Black Youth Unemployment in oakland and San Francisco, California (1950-1990). San Francisco: Golden Gate Univ., 2006.

Brown, Jerry. Oakland Now: Sate of the City Report, January 1999 - December 2005, Oakland, California. Oakland: Office of the mayor, 2006.

Brown, Kathan. Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood: Painters and Sculptors at Crown Point Press. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1996.

Brown, Oral Lee and Caillie Millner. The Promise: How One Woman Made Good on Her Extraordinary Pact to Send a Classroom of First Graders to College. New York: Doubleday, 2005.

Burton, Harold W. The Improvement Era: Oakland Temple Issue. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, 1964.

Butler, Mary Ellen. Oakland Welcomes the World. Montgomery: Community Comminications, 1996.

___. Prophet of the Parks: The Story of William Penn Mott. Ashburn, VA: National Recreation and Park Association, 1999.

Calderwood, George W. Athens of the Pacific. Oakland: G.T. Loofbourow, 1897.

Caldwell, Bill. Oakland: A Photographic Journey. Oakland: Momentum Publications, 2003.

Chetovich, Carol. Real Heat: Gender and Race in the Urban Fire Service. New Brunswick: Rutgers, 1997.

Chow, Willard T. The Reemergence of an Inner City: The Pivot of Chinese Settlement in the East Bay Region of the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco: R and E Research Associates, 1977.

City of Oakland.  Lake Merritt Canada Goose Management Study. 2007.

City of Oakland Office of Community Development. Oakland 1979. Oakland: City of Oakland, 1979.

Conmy, Peter Thomas. The Administration of Public School-Public Library Relationships, with Special Reference to Oakland, California. Oakland: Oakland Free Library, 1945.

___. Advantages and Possibilities of a merger of the Oakland Public Library and Alameda County Library. Oakland: The Library, 1963.

___. The Beginnings of Oakland, A. U. C. Oakland: Oakland Public Library, 1961.

___. The Dismissal of Ina Coolbrith as Head Librarian of Oakland Free Public Library and a Discussion on the Tenure Status of Head Librarians. Oakland: Oakland Public Library, 1969.

___. An Evaluative Study of the Branch Library System of the Oakland Public Library. Oakland: The Library, 1956.

___. John Whipple Dwinelle, Mayor of Oakland and Father of the University of California. Oakland: Oakland Public Library, 1971.

___. Oakland Library Association: 1868-1878. Oakland: Oakland Public Library, 1968.

___. The Organic Structure of Oakland Public Library: Its History and Development. Oakland: Oakland Public Library, 1969.

___. The Pardee Family Home. Oakland: Alameda County Historical Society, 1985.

___. A Parochial and Illustrated History of the Diocese of Oakland, 1962-1972 and Two Centuries of Background. Mission Hills, CA: Saint Francis Historical Society, 2000.

Covel, Paul. People are for the Birds. Oakland: Western Interpretive, 1978.

Crocker, Florence B. Who Made Oakland? Oakland: Dalton, 1925.

Cummings, G. A. and E. S. Pladwell. Oakland, a History. Oakland: Grant D. Miller, 1942.

Davie, John L.. My Own Story. Oakland: Post-Enquirer, 1931;repr. His Honor, The Buckaroo. Reno: Jack Herzberg, 1988.

Davis, Angela. Angela Davis: An Autobiography. New York: Bantam, 1976.

Dellums, Ronald and H. Lee Halterman. Lying Down with the Lions: A Public Life from the Streets of Oakland to the Halls of Power. Boston: Beacon, 2000.

Dobruskin, Robert. Architecture and Urban Design in Oakland: An Annotated Bibliography. Berkeley: University-Oakland Metropolitan Forum, 1987.

Douzet, Frederick. La coleur du pouvoir: geopolitique de l'immigration et de la segregation a Oakland, Californie. Paris: Belin, 2007.

Dowlen, Louise, Dorothy Thompson, and Charles Haynes. U.S. Naval Hospital Oakland California.  Oakland: Welfare and Recreation Department, 1946.

Durst, Moses. Oakland, California: Towards a Sustainable City. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2006.

Elder, Glen H. Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience. Boulder: Westview, 1974.

Elkind, Sarah S. Bay Cities and Water Politics: The Battle for Resources in Boston and Oakland. Lawrence: Univ. Press of Kansas, 1998.

Evanosky, Dennis. History is All Around Us: Oakland's Laurel District. Alameda, CA: Stellar, 2007.

Evanosky, Dennis and Eric J. Kos. East Bay Then and Now. San Diego: Thunder Bay, 2004.

Fibel, Pearl Randolph. The Peraltas. Oakland: Peralta Hospital, 1971.

Foner, Philip S., ed. The Black Panthers Speak. New York: Da Capo, 1970; repr. 2002.

Ford, Robert. Red Trains in the East Bay: The History of the Southern Pacific Transbay Train and Ferry System. Glendale: Interurbans, 1977.

Foster, Marcus. Making Schools Work: Strategies for Changing Education. Philadelphia: Westerminster, 1971.

GrassRoutes Travel Guide to Oakland: The Soul of the City Next Door. Oakland: GrassRoutes Travel, 2007.

Green, Terrence. Old School. Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2004.

Guin, J. M. History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Oakland and Environs, Also Containing Biographies of the Well-Known Citizens of the Past and Present. 2 vols. Los Angeles: Historic Record, 1907.

Hayes, Edward C. Power Structure and Urban Policy: Who Rules Oakland? New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972.

Hillard, David. The Black Panther: Intercommunal News Service. New York: Atria, 2007.

___. The Black Panther Party: Service to the People Programs. Albuqurque: Univ of New Mexico, 2008.

Hildebrand, George Herbert. Borax Pioneer: Francis Marion Smith. San Diego: Howeel-North, 1982.

Hildebrande, Lee and Michelle Vignes. Bay Area Blues. San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1993.

History of Alemeda County, California. Oakland: M.W. Wood, 1883; repr. Oakland: Holmes, 1969.

Holmes, Harold C. Some Random Reminiscences of an Antiquarian Bookseller. Oakland: Holmes, 1967.

Huck, William. Oakland Ballet: the First 25 Years. San Francisco: San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, 1990.

Hunter, Geoffrey. Oakland Fire Department. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.

Irvin, Dona L. The Unsong Heart of Black America: A Middle-Class Church at Midcentury. Columbia, MO: Univ. of Missouri, 1992.

Jain, Sonia and Celana Ahtye. Oakland on the Rocks. Berkeley: Alameda County Public Health Department, 2006.

James, Elias Olan. The Story of Cyrus and Susan Mills. Stanford: Stanford Univ., 1953.

James, Joy, ed. The Angela Y. Davis Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1998.

Johnson, Marilynn S. The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay During World War II. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1993.

Jones, Charles E. The Black Panther Party Reconsidered. Baltimore: Black Classic, 1998.

Jones, DeWitt, George Ebey, Herbert Shears, Raymond Barry, and Charles F. Burns. Oakland Parks and Playgrounds. Oakland: Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, 1934.

Jones, DeWitt et al, eds. Port of Oakland. Oakland: Oakland Board of Park Commissioners, 1934.

Jones, Pirkle and Ruth Marion Baruch. Black Panthers, 1968. Los Angeles: Greybull, 2002.

Kasapligil, Baki. Trees and Shrubs of Mills College. Oakland: Mills College, 1967.

Keep, Rosalind A. Fourscore Years: a History of Mills College. Oakland: Mills College, 1931.

Keister, Douglas. Going Out in Style: The Architecture of Eternity. New York: Facts on File, 1997.

Kershaw, Alex. Jack London: A Life. New Yotk: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999.

Koford, Henning. Dr. Samuel Merritt: His Life and Achievements. Oakland: Kennedy. 1938.

Krich, John. Bump City: Winners and Losers in Oakland. Berkeley: City Miner, 1979.

Lannon, Albert Vetere. Fight or Be Slaves: The History of the East Bay Labor Movement. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000.

Lee, Greglon and Sid Campbell. The Dragon and the Tiger, Volume 1: The Birth of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, the Oakland Years. Berkeley: Frog, 2003.

Levy, Frank S., Arnold Meltser, and Aaron Wildavsky. Urban Outcomes: Schools, Streets and Libraries. Berkeley: Univ of California, 1974.

Lobo, Susan, ed. Urban Voices: The Bay Area American Indian Community. Tucson: Univ. of Arizona, 2002.

Loomis, Frederic M. Miner, Preacher, Doctor, Teacher: Stories of an Odyssey from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Ketchikan, Alaska, to a Pioneering Medical Career in Oakland, California. Walnut Creek, CA: Hardscratch, 2000.

London, Joan. Jack London and His Daughters. Berkeley: Heyday, 1990.

Lotchin, Roger W. The Bad City in the Good War: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego. Bloomington: Indiana Univ., 2003.

Ma, L. Eva Armentrout. Hometown Chinatown: History of Oakland’s Chinese Community. New York: Garland, 2000.

Mackeller, Jean, ed. Six Gold Stars Volume 1: Thirty Years of Fighting Sin and High Crime with Oakland’s Favorite Cop. Berkeley: Glen, 1990.

Mailman, Erika. Oakland’s Hills. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.

___. Oakland’s Neighborhoods. Oakland: Mailman, 2005.

Margolin, Malcolm and Michael Harney. The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area. Berkeley: Heyday, 1978.

Marshall, Amelioa Sue and Terry L. Tobey. Oakland's Equestrian Heritage. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2008.

Max, Aggie. The Last Resort: Scenes from a Transient Hotel. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1997.

May, Vonn Marie, Robert Sabbatini and Karen Fiene. Celebrating the Cultural Landscape of Mills College: Using the Past to Inform Campus Planning and Design. Oakland: Center for the Book, 2008.

McArdle, Phil. Oakland Police Department. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2007.

McCorry, Jesse J. Marcus Foster and the Oakland Public Schools: Leadership in an Urban Bureaucracy. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1978.

Medrich, Elliott A. The Serious Business of Growing Up: A Study of Children’s Lives Outside School. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1981.

Meltsner, Arnold J. The Politics of City Revenue. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1971.

Miel, Charles L. Catalogue of the Oakland Free Public Library. Oakland: Tribune, 1885.

Miller, Juanita. About “The Hights” at Oakland, California. Oakland: Charles P. MacLafferty, 1917.

Minor, Woodruff. Pacific Gateway: An Illustrated History of the Port of Oakland. Oakland: Port of Oakland, 2000.

Miranda, Marie. Homegirls in the Public Sphere. Austin: Univ. of Texas, 2003.

Moffitt, Aileen. Oakland’s Christmas Pageant, 1919-1987. Oakland: Committee for the Preservation of Christmas Pageant History, 1992.

Montgomery, Gayle B. and James W. Johnson. One Step from the White House: The Rise and Fall of Senator William F. Knowland. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1998.

Moore, Gilbert. Rage. New York: Carroll and Graf, 1993.

Moore, James R. The Story of Moore Dry Dock Company. Sausalito: Windgate, 1994.

Morgan, Murray. The Hospital Women Built for Children. Oakland: Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1967.

Nagler, Richard and Ishmael Reed. Oakland Rhapsody. Berkeley: North Atlantic, 1995.

Newton, Eric and Roger Rapoport, eds. The Bay Area at War: How We Reacted to the Persian Gulf Crisis. Oakland: Oakland Tribune, 1991; also Berkeley: Heyday, 1991.

Noble, John Wesley. Its Name Was M.U.D.: The Story of Water as It Has Affected the Urban Complex on the Eastern Shore of San Francisco Bay, with Emphasis on the Creation of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Oakland: East Bay Municipal Utility District, 1970; repr. 1999.

Norman, Jeff. Temescal Legacies: Narratives of Change from a North Oakland Neighborhood. Oakland: Shared Ground, 2006

Oakland, its Environment and Advantages, a Description of the Most Attractive Suburban Town in America, “The Embowered Town.” San Francisco, 1893.

Olson, R. S., R. A. Olson, and V. T. Gawronski. Some Buildings Just Can’t Dance: Politics, Life Safety, and Disaster. Stamford, CT: JAI, 1999.

Pearson, Hugh. The Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America. Reading, MA: Perseus, 1994.

Prentice, Helaine Kaplan and Blair Prentice. Rehab Right: How to Rehabilitate Your Oakland House without Sacrificing Architectural Assets. Oakland: City of Oakland Planning Department, 1978.

Prentice, Helaine Kaplan, Andrew Brubaker, and Betty Marvin. Through These Doors: Discovering Oakland at Preservation Park. Oakland: Oakland redevelopment Agency, 1996.

Pressman, Jeffrey L. Federal Programs and City Politics: The Dynamics of the Aid Process in Oakland. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1975.

Radford, Warren, Kevin Roche, Dan Kiley, Geraldine Knight Scott, and Allan Temko. The Oakland Museum: A Gift of Architecture. Oakland: Oakland Museum Association, 1989.

Rather, Lois. Oakland’s Image. Oakland: The Rather, 1972.

Reed, Ishmael. Blues City: A Walk in Oakland. New York: Crown, 2004.

Rhodehamel, Josephine DeWitt and Raymund Francis Wood. Ina Coolbrith: Librarian and Laureate of California. Provo: Brigham Young Univ., 1973.

Rhomberg, Chris and Roger Nichols. No There There: Race, Class, and the Struggle for Political Community in Oakland. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 2004.

Richard, Christopher M., ed. Guide to East Bay Creeks. Oakland: Oakland Museum, 1993.

Richey, Elinor. The Ultimate Victorians of the Continental Side of San Franciscan Bay. Berkeley: Howell-North, 1970.

Rivlin, Gary. Drive-By. New York: Henry Holt, 1995.

Roemer, Joan and Barbara Austin. Two to Four from 9 to 5: The Adventures of a Daycare Provider. Grand Rapids, MI: Harper Perennial, 1989.

Rosenbaum, Fred. Free to Chose: The Jews of Oakland. Berkeley: Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, 1976.

Safe Passages. After-School Committee. After-School Report: Recommendations for a Coordinating Structure in Oakland, October 2002. Oakland: Safe Passages, 2007.

Schorr, Jonathan. Hard Lessons: The Promise of an Inner-City Charter School. New York: Ballantine, 2002.

Seale, Bobby. Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton. Baltimore: Black Classic, 1997.

Self, Robert O. American Babylon: Race, Power, and the Struggle for the Postwar City in California. Princeton: Princeton Univ., 2003.

Smillie, John G. Can Physicians Manage the Quality and Costs of health Care? The Story of the Permanente Medical Group. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.

Smith, J. Alfred and Louis Williams II. On the Jehrico Road: A Memoir of Racial Justice, Social Action and Prophetic Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004.

Smith, J. Alfred. This Far by Faith: A Study of Historical Backgrounds and the First Fifty Years of the Allen Temple Baptist Church. Oakland: Color Art, 1973.

Southard, Andy and Dian Gingerelli. The Oakland Roadster Show: 50 Years of Hot Rods and Customs. Osceola, WI: MBI, 1998.

Spiker, Steve et al. Homicides in Oakland: 2006 Homicide Report: An Analysis of Homicides in Oakland from January through December 2006. Oakland: Urban Strategies, 2007.

Starling, Jay D. Municipal Coping Strategies: As Soon as the Dust Settles. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1986.

Stein, Gertrude. Everybody’s Autobiography. New York: Random House, 1937.

Stein, Mimi. A Vision Achieved: Fifty Years of East Bay Regional Park District. CA: East Bay Regional Park District, 1984.

Stone, Susannah Harris. The Oakland Paramount. Oakland: Oakland Paramount Theatre, 1981; repr. 2002.

Stuart, Reginald R. and Grace D. Stuart. A History of the Fred Finch Children’s Home: Oldest Methodist Home for Children in California, 1891-1955. Oakland: Fred Finch Children’s Home, 1955.

Thomas, Marianne. Our World: The Children of Oakland. Oakland: Harbor House, 2001. 

Thompson, Frank J. Personnel Policy in the City: The Politics of Jobs in Oakland, California. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1975; repr. 1978.

Thompson, Hunter S. Hell’s Angels: A Strange Terrible Saga. New York: Random House, 1967.

Thompson, Jerry and Duane Deterville. Black Artists in Oakland. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2007.

Tillmany, Jack and Jennifer Dowling. Theaters of Oakland. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006.

Tramble, Thomas and Wilma Tramble. The Pullman Porters and West Oakland. San Francisco: Arcadia, 2007.

Travers, Steven. A's Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan. Chicago: Triumph, 2007.

Trimble, Paul C. and John C. Alioto Jr. The Bay Bridge. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.

Turchin, Gary. Safe Harbor: Refugee Stories from Oakland. Oakland: Turchin, 2003.

Unger, Zac. Working Fire: The Making of an Accidental Fireman. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Urban, Roger. Oakland: A Mediterranean City. N.p.: Urban, 1976.

Urban Strategies Council. Congressional Black caucus Institute 9th Congressional District Solutions Tour: Oakland Maps, Statistical Snapshots and Data Book. Oakland: The Council, 2006.

US Customs and Border Protection. Environmental Assessment for Gamma Imaging Inspection Systems: Port of Oakland, Alameda County, California: Final Report. 2007.

Vasille, George Peter. Comerades of Lov II. New York: Vantage, 1992.

Verbarg, Leonard H. Celebrities at Your Doorstep: A Selection of Knave Personalities from the Sunday Tribune. Oakland: Alameda County Historical Society, 1972.

Violence in Oakland: A Public Health Crisis, Alameda County Death Report System, 2002-2004. Oakland: Alameda County, 2006.

Wagener, J. Parry. Keep the Ball Rolling: A Pictorial History of Claremont Country Club, 1903-2003. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning, 2003.

Waller, Maureen Rosamond. Unmarried Parents, Fragile Families: New Evidence from Oakland. San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California, 2001.

Wasserman, Abby and Diane Curry. The Spirit of Oakland: An Anthology. Carlsbad, CA: Heritage Media, 2000.

Watts, Lewis. Contact Sheet 101: South to West Oakland. Syracuse, NY: Light Work, 1999.

Wearin, Otha Donner. Heinhold’s First and Last Chance: Jack London’s Rendezvous. Hastings, IA: Wearin, 1974.

Weber, David. Oakland, Hub of the West. Tulsa: Continental Heritage, 1981.

Weir, Stan. Class War Lessons: From Direct Action on the Job to the '46 Oakland General Strike. Oakland: Flying Picket Historical Society, 2006.

Wethern, George and Vinccent Colnett. A Wayward Angel: The Full Story of the Hell’s Angels by the Former Vice-President of the Oakland Chapter. New York: Richard Marek, 1978.

Wildavsky, Aaron B. and Jeffrey L. Pressman. Implementation: How Great Expectations in Washington are Dashed in Oakland: Or Why It’s Amazing that Federal Programs Work at All, This Being a Saga of the Economic Development Administration as Told by Two Observers Who Seek to Build Morals on Ruined Hopes. 1973; 3 ed. 1984.

Willard, Ruth Hendricks. Alameda County, California. Northridge: Windsor, 1988.

Williamson, Eric Miles. Oakland, Jack London, and Me. Huntsville, TX: Texas Review, 2007.

Wilson, Jeremy M., Amy G. Cox et alia. Community Policing and Violence Prevention in Oakland: Measure Y in Action. Santa Monica, CA: Rand, 2007.

Wilson, Mark A. East Bay Heritage: A Potpourri of Living History. San Francisco: California Living, 1979.

Wolf, Robin and Tom Wolf. Rockridge. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2007.

Wolfe, Rina Evelyn. The Calvin Simmons Story. Berkeley: Muse Wood, 1994.

Wong, William. Oakland’s Chinatown. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.

___. Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America. Philadelphia: Temple Univ., 2001.

Wu, Diana Pei. From 'Moving Feels Like Home' to "We Will not be Moved': Immigrant Communities Facing Evictions and the Role of Young People's Organizing, Oakland Chinatown, California 2003-2005. Berkeley: Institute for the Study of Social Change, 2006.

Zimmerman, Keith, Kent Zimmerman, and Ralph “Sonny” Barger. Hell’s Angels: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club. San Francisco: Harper Perennial, 2001.

Zompolis, Gregory N. Operation Pet Rescue: Animal Survivors of the Oakland, California Firestorm. Exeter, NH: J.N. Townsend, 1994.


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