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Finding Aid to the Oakland Tribune Records, 1906-1976, bulk 1925-1960
BANC MSS 79/129 c  
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Description
The Oakland Tribune is a daily newspaper published in Oakland, California. The Oakland Tribune Records consist of files that the Knowland family compiled during their ownership of this newspaper.
Background
The Oakland Tribune is a daily newspaper published in Oakland, California. Founded in 1874 by George Staniford and Benet A. Dewes as The Tribune, William Dargie bought the newspaper in 1876, and officially changed its name to the Oakland Tribune in 1891. Dargie ran the newspaper for 35 years, until his death in 1911. Joseph R. Knowland bought the Oakland Tribune from Dargie's widow, Hermina Peralta Dargie in 1915 and became the newspaper's president, publisher and editor, positions that he held for almost 50 years. After buying the newspaper, Knowland also started the radio station KLX in 1921 (which the family sold in 1959) and moved both businesses into the Tribune Tower in downtown Oakland in 1924. Knowland's eldest son, Joseph Russell "Russ", served as Assistant Publisher of the Oakland Tribune until his death in 1961; upon his brother's death, William Knowland became heir to the newspaper, taking over as publisher after his father passed away in 1966. Upon his death in 1974, William left the newspaper operations to his children, Joseph Knowland and Emelyn Jewett. The Knowland family sold their interests in the Oakland Tribune a few years later, in 1977, to Combined Communications Corporation. The newspaper has been sold many times since leaving the Knowland family's control, from Combined Communications Corporation to Gannett to Robert and Nancy Maynard to the Alameda Newspaper Group, and is currently part of the Bay Area News Group (formerly the Alameda Newspaper Group).
Extent
Number of containers: 35 cartons Linear feet: 43.75
Restrictions
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Availability
Collection is open for research.