Oakland History Room

The Oakland History Room is located in the Main Branch of the Oakland Public Library. Its collection includes books on Oakland and California history, photo archives, newspaper clippings, genealogical resources, oral histories, and a map room. A special feature of the Oakland History Room is also the Jack London room, which contains letters, photographs, and books by and about Jack London. The archives contained in the Oakland History Room are specific to the Oakland community, including birth certificates, death certificates, voting registers, and even school yearbooks. Its records date back to 1859, including tax records, property assessments and city directories (which pre-dated the yellow pages). One of the most unique aspects of the Oakland History Room is the variety of its archives. Not only does it contain official records and maps, the collection also includes programs from local events, travel brochures, restaurant menus, and more.


Map of Oakland and Alameda, 1877

Map of Oakland and Alameda, 1877

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Vintage OPL promotional materials

Vintage OPL promotional materials

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Street Address:

125 14th Street

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Emma Wilson, “Oakland History Room,” Street Stories: Oakland, accessed October 16, 2018, http://streetstoriesoakland.com/items/show/118.

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