Finding Aid to the Oakland Tribune Records, 1906-1976, bulk 1925-1960

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Finding Aid to the Oakland Tribune Records, 1906-1976, bulk 1925-1960

Collection Number: BANC MSS 79/129 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
David Uhlich
Date Completed:
November 2012
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Oakland Tribune records
Date (inclusive): 1906-1976,
Date (bulk): bulk 1925-1960
Collection Number: BANC MSS 79/129 c
Creators : Tribune Publishing Company (Oakland, Calif.)
Extent: Number of containers: 35 cartons Linear feet: 43.75
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: 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.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oakland Tribune Records, BANC MSS 79/129 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Related Collections

Joseph R. Knowland papers, 1857-1966, BANC MSS 79/128 c
William F. Knowland papers, 1900-1974, BANC MSS 75/97 c

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Knowland, Joseph R. (Joseph Russell), 1873-1966
Knowland, William F. (William Fife), 1908-1974
Tribune Publishing Company (Oakland, Calif.)--Archives
Oakland tribune (Oakland, Calif. : 1891)
American newspapers--California--Oakland
Newspaper publishing--California--Oakland
Oakland (Calif.)--History

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Oakland Tribune Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Emelyn Jewett in 1979.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by David Uhlich in 2012.

Organizational History

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).

Scope and Content of Collection

The Oakland Tribune Records consist of files that the Knowland family compiled during their ownership of the newspaper. The bulk of the collection is comprised of administrative files, documenting the day-to-day operations of the newspaper, as well as materials documenting their associated broadcasting ventures, publishing company, and building company; also prominent in the collection are the Knowland family's correspondence and financial records. The collection encompasses a range of materials-including correspondence, financial records, and ephemera-most notably documenting: the newspaper business and radio station KLX; politics and business in the city of Oakland; the Pacific Branch of the American Red Cross during the second World War; and the Golden Gate International Exposition.
The Oakland Tribune Records are subdivided into five series:
  • Series I: Newspaper Administration
  • Series II: Broadcasting Files
  • Series III: Tribune Publishing Company
  • Series IV: Tribune Building Company
  • Series V: Knowland Family Files

Container List

 

Series 1 Newspaper Administration 1918-1965

Physical Description: Cartons 1-16; Carton 17, Folders 1-5

Arrangement

Folders are arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of materials related to the daily operations of the Oakland Tribune newspaper.
Carton 1-3

Advertising, 1930-1961

Carton 1, Folder 1-3

Cresmer and Woodward, Incorporated, 1952-1961

Carton 1, Folder 4-5

Williams, Lawrence and Cresmer Company, 1940-1949

Carton 1, Folder 6

Bureau of Advertising, 1960

Carton 1, Folder 7

Newspaper Groups, Incorporated, 1939-1942

Carton 1, Folder 8-18

Comparison Reports, 1930-1960

Carton 1, Folder 19-21

National, 1934-1957

Carton 2, Folder 1-4

Rates, 1931-1956

Carton 2, Folder 5

Automotive, 1936-1949

Carton 2, Folder 6-7

Circulars, 1939-1942

Carton 2, Folder 8-9

Classified, 1934-1961

Carton 2, Folder 10

Color, 1932-1941

Carton 2, Folder 11

County Sections, 1959-1961

Carton 2, Folder 12

Legal, 1934-1936

Carton 2, Folder 13

Yearbook, 1933-1951

Carton 2, Folder 14-23

General, 1936-1960

Carton 3, Folder 1-5

General (continued), 1936-1960

Carton 3-4

Circulation, 1929-1961

Carton 3, Folder 6-9

Audit Bureau, 1935-1961

Carton 3, Folder 10

Interviews, 1953

Carton 3, Folder 11

Publisher's Statements, 1929-1932

Carton 3, Folder 12-23

General, 1930-1961

Carton 4, Folder 1-15

General (continued), 1930-1961

Carton 4-5

Editorial, 1927-1962

Carton 4, Folder 16

Associated Press Managing Editors, 1962

Carton 4, Folder 17

Publishers Syndicate, 1935-1936

Carton 4, Folder 18

Contracts, 1927-1934

Carton 4, Folder 19-25

Employees Association, 1940-1959

Carton 5, Folder 1-5

Employees Association (continued), 1940-1959

Carton 5, Folder 6-21

General, 1932-1961

Carton 5-6

Insurance, 1930-1960

Carton 5, Folder 22-23

Accident Reports, 1945-1950

Carton 6, Folder 1-4

Accident Reports (continued), 1945-1950

Carton 6, Folder 5-8

Safety Committee, 1932-1956

Carton 6, Folder 9

Globe Indemnity Company, 1936-1941

Carton 6, Folder 10

Pacific Employers Insurance Company, 1935-1953

Carton 6, Folder 11

William Reichel and Company, 1934-1958

Carton 6, Folder 12

Safety Dinner, 1940-1955

Carton 6, Folder 13

General, 1930-1960

Carton 6-9

Labor, 1927-1961

Carton 6, Folder 14-16

Editorial, 1959

Carton 6, Folder 17-19

Mailers, 1942-1958

Carton 6, Folder 20-23

Newspaper Carriers, 1931-1961

Carton 7, Folder 1-3

Newspaper Carriers (continued), 1931-1961

Carton 7, Folder 4-15

Newspaper Guild, 1937-1961

Carton 7, Folder 16-18

Photo Engravers, 1927-1959

Carton 7, Folder 19-22

Press Room, 1929-1950

Carton 8, Folder 1-7

Stereotypers, 1931-1958

Carton 8, Folder 8-11

Teamsters, 1935-1942

Carton 8, Folder 12-22

Typographical, 1930-1960

Carton 9, Folder 1-2

Typographical (continued), 1930-1960

Carton 9, Folder 3-5

Vendors and Distributors, 1937-1959

Carton 9, Folder 6-10

Union Relations, 1934-1960

Carton 9, Folder 11

Newspaper Code, 1934-1935

Carton 9, Folder 12

Federal Wage Legislation, 1938-1941

Carton 9, Folder 13

San Francisco Employers Council, 1944-1945

Carton 9, Folder 14-20

San Francisco-Oakland Newspaper Publishers Association, 1936-1958

Carton 9, Folder 21

Payroll, 1954-1958

Carton 9, Folder 22

Employment Queries, 1948-1961

Carton 9, Folder 23-24

Legal, 1930-1961

Carton 10, Folder 1-3

Legal (continued), 1930-1961

Carton 10-11

Mechanical, 1930-1961

Carton 10, Folder 4-20

Press Room, 1931-1961

Carton 10, Folder 21-22

Composing, 1930-1959

Carton 10, Folder 23-24

Engraving, 1930-1955

Carton 11, Folder 1

Stereotyping, 1931-1950

Carton 11, Folder 2

Distribution, 1931-1933

Carton 11, Folder 3

Mobile Communications, 1959

Carton 11, Folder 4-9

General, 1930-1950

Carton 11-13

Newsprint, 1943-1963

Carton 11, Folder 10-11

Appeals and Correspondence, 1943-1945

Carton 11, Folder 12-13

Memoranda, 1944-1945

Carton 11, Folder 14

War Production, 1944-1945

Carton 11, Folder 15

Alberni Paper Company, 1955-1960

Carton 11, Folder 16

Crofton Paper Company, 1961-1963

Carton 11, Folder 17

Crown Zellerbach Corporation, 1955-1962

Carton 11, Folder 18-19

Finnish Paper Mills Association, 1946-1963

Carton 11, Folder 20-21

Powell River Sales Company, 1946-1962

Carton 11, Folder 22-24

West Tacoma Newsprint Company, 1946-1963

Carton 12, Folder 1-14

West Tacoma Newsprint Company, 1946-1963

Carton 12, Folder 15-20

General, 1946-1962

Carton 13, Folder 1-2

General (continued), 1946-1962

Carton 13, Folder 3-5

Promotions, 1938-1946

Carton 13

Paul Manolis Files, 1961-1965

Carton 13, Folder 6-8

California Chamber of Commerce, 1961-1962

Carton 13, Folder 9

Executives Dinner Club, 1963-1965

Carton 13, Folder 10-11

Oakland Boys Club, 1962-1964

Carton 13, Folder 12-13

Oakland Museums Commission, 1964

Carton 13, Folder 14-15

Oakland Symphony, 1963-1964

Carton 13, Folder 16-17

Republican Alliance, 1962-1964

Carton 13, Folder 18

Republican County Central Committee, 1961-1963

Carton 13, Folder 19-21

Correspondence, 1961-1964

Carton 14, Folder 1-21

American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1934-1961

Carton 15, Folder 1-5

California Newspaper Publishers Association, 1938-1964

Carton 15, Folder 6

Sixtieth Anniversary Edition, 1934

Carton 15, Folder 7

Financial Pages, 1959

Carton 15, Folder 8-11

Parade Supplement, 1950-1962

Carton 15, Folder 12

Associated Weekly, 1933-1937

Carton 15, Folder 13-14

Newspaper Analysis Service, 1934-1950

Carton 15, Folder 15

Editor and Publisher Magazine, 1937-1960

Carton 15, Folder 16

Oakland Post-Enquirer, 1934-1950

Carton 15, Folder 17

Alameda Observer, 1945

Carton 15, Folder 18

San Francisco Newspapers, 1930-1959

Carton 15, Folder 19-20

Los Angeles Times, 1933-1960

Carton 15, Folder 21

Bluebird Fellowship, 1932-1941

Carton 15, Folder 22

Shell Oil Luncheon, 1961

Carton 15, Folder 23

Department Heads, 1931-1959

Carton 15, Folder 24

Tax Matters, 1936-1959

Carton 15, Folder 25

Photographs, 1948-1959

Carton 15, Folder 26

Form Letters, circa 1940-1960

Carton 15, Folder 27

Fundraisers, 1945-1961

Carton 16, Folder 1-2

Invitations, 1951-1959

Carton 16, Folder 3-5

Maps, 1931-1955

Carton 16, Folder 6-22

General Correspondence, 1918-1961

Carton 17, Folder 1-5

General Correspondence (continued), 1918-1961

 

Series 2 Broadcasting Files 1924-1960

Physical Description: Carton 17, Folders 6-23; Cartons 18-19; Carton 20, Folders 1-10

Arrangement

Folders are arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of materials related to the daily operations of the radio station KLX, as well as television and other broadcasting-related materials.
Carton 17-19

KLX Radio Station, 1924-1959

Carton 17, Folder 6-7

Sale, 1959

Carton 17, Folder 8-14

Financial Statements, 1924-1958

Carton 17, Folder 15-20

Labor, 1942-1959

Carton 17, Folder 21-23

Legal, 1937-1950

Carton 18, Folder 1-2

Sales, 1941-1955

Carton 18, Folder 3-5

Equipment, 1939-1954

Carton 18, Folder 6-8

Radio Tower Sites, 1946-1953

Carton 18, Folder 9

Frequency Modulation Broadcasting, 1946

Carton 18, Folder 10-12

Hooper Ratings, 1949-1957

Carton 18, Folder 13

Federal Communications Commission, 1946-1955

Carton 18, Folder 14

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1949-1950

Carton 18, Folder 15

Baseball, 1955-1957

Carton 18, Folder 16

Le Mans Races, 1957

Carton 18, Folder 17

Politics, 1947-1949

Carton 18, Folder 18-25

Correspondence, 1933-1959

Carton 19, Folder 1-14

Correspondence (continued), 1933-1959

Carton 19, Folder 15-22

Television, 1949-1959

Carton 20, Folder 1-7

Television (continued), 1949-1959

Carton 20, Folder 8-10

Correspondence, 1932-1960

 

Series 3 Tribune Publishing Company 1916-1968

Physical Description: Carton 20, Folders 11-25; Cartons 21-26; Carton 27, Folders 1-8

Arrangement

Folders are arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of materials related to the Tribune Publishing Company.
Carton 20, Folder 11

By-Laws, 1928

Carton 20, Folder 12

Stockholders meetings, 1959-1961

Carton 20, Folder 13

A.M. Gilstrap Lawsuit, 1932

Carton 20, Folder 14

Grover MacLeod Lawsuit, 1955

Carton 20, Folder 15

Benjamin Hicklin, 1932-1960

Carton 20, Folder 16

Oakland Post-Enquirer, 1950

Carton 20, Folder 17-18

Buildings and Equipment, 1950-1968

Carton 20, Folder 19

Fernstrom Paper Company, 1927-1939

Carton 20, Folder 20-23

Holmen-Hellefos, 1946-1950

Carton 20, Folder 24

Jay Madden Corporation, 1936-1942

Carton 20, Folder 25

Powell River Sales Company, 1934-1942

Carton 21, Folder 1-3

Financial Ledgers, 1916-1949

Carton 22, Folder 1-4

Financial Ledgers (continued), 1916-1949

Carton 23, Folder 1-5

Financial Ledgers (continued), 1916-1949

Carton 24, Folder 1-5

Financial Ledgers (continued), 1916-1949

Carton 25, Folder 1-10

Correspondence, 1934-1961

Carton 25, Folder 11-21

Audit Reports, 1930-1961

Carton 26, Folder 1-6

Audit Reports (continued), 1930-1961

Carton 26, Folder 7

Balance Sheets, 1916-1940

Carton 26, Folder 8-11

Budget, 1939-1949

Carton 26, Folder 12

Examination of Accounts, 1925-1930

Carton 26, Folder 13

Expenses, 1916-1934

Carton 26, Folder 14

Financial Statements, 1927-1959

Carton 26, Folder 15-23

Payroll, 1945-1959

Carton 27, Folder 1-8

Payroll (continued), 1945-1959

 

Series 4 Tribune Building Company 1917-1976

Physical Description: Carton 27, Folders 9-25; Cartons 28-29; Carton 30, Folders 1-6

Arrangement

Folders are arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of materials related to the Tribune Building Company.
Carton 27, Folder 9

Company Resolutions, 1938-1939

Carton 27, Folder 10

Board Meetings, 1935-1961

Carton 27, Folder 11-13

Building Management, 1937-1959

Carton 27, Folder 14-18

Office of Secretary, 1928-1935

Carton 27, Folder 19-23

Building and Equipment, 1955-1961

Carton 27, Folder 24-25

Correspondence, 1918-1976

Carton 28, Folder 1-3

Correspondence (continued), 1918-1976

Carton 28, Folder 4

John Forbes and Company, 1949-1962

Carton 28, Folder 5

Insurance, 1928-1963

Carton 28, Folder 6-7

Loans, 1930-1961

Carton 28, Folder 8

Real Estate, 1952-1959

Carton 28, Folder 9-10

Statements and Receipts, 1917-1935

Carton 28, Folder 11-13

Audit Reports, 1928-1969

Carton 28, Folder 14-23

Balance Sheets, 1930-1963

Carton 28, Folder 24-29

Financial Statements, 1927-1959

Carton 29, Folder 1-13

Financial Statements (continued), 1927-1959

Carton 29-30

Taxes, 1918-1963

Carton 29, Folder 14-22

United States Federal Income, 1918-1962

Carton 29, Folder 23-24

California State Franchise, 1918-1956

Carton 30, Folder 1

Capital Stock, 1921-1945

Carton 30, Folder 2

Property, 1946-1959

Carton 30, Folder 3-6

Payroll, 1935-1963

 

Series 5 Knowland Family Files 1906-1965

Physical Description: Carton 30, Folders 7-24; Cartons 31-35

Arrangement

Folders are arranged by family member and subject.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of the Knowland family's personal and financial files.
Carton 30-33

Joseph Russell "Russ" Knowland, Jr., 1928-1962

Carton 30, Folder 7

Speeches, 1935-1947

Carton 30, Folder 8

B.A. Forsterer, 1929-1940

Carton 30, Folder 9

Harold Forsterer, 1933-1959

Carton 30, Folder 10-24

Oakland Chamber of Commerce, 1939-1961

Carton 31, Folder 1-6

City of Oakland, 1931-1961

Carton 31, Folder 7

Oakland Post Office, 1928-1940

Carton 31, Folder 8

East Bay Chapter National Safety Council, 1946-1956

Carton 31, Folder 9

Golden Gate Fields, 1939-1960

Carton 31, Folder 10-13

Golden Gate International Exposition, 1938-1941

Carton 31, Folder 14-15

San Francisco Bay Area Council, 1946-1962

Carton 31, Folder 16-18

San Francisco Bay Toll Crossings, 1947-1953

Carton 31, Folder 19

John Reber Plan, 1948-1951

Carton 31, Folder 20-21

State of California, 1939-1950

Carton 31, Folder 22

Oakland City Election, 1947

Carton 31, Folder 23

Presidential Election, 1948

Carton 31, Folder 24

Republican Convention, 1956

Carton 32, Folder 1-3

Legislation, 1933-1957

Carton 32, Folder 4-5

Politics, 1940-1960

Carton 32, Folder 6

Communism, 1947-1960

Carton 32, Folder 7

Labor, 1946-1959

Carton 32, Folder 8

National Defense, 1940-1942

Carton 32, Folder 9-22

Correspondence, 1931-1961

Carton 33, Folder 1-9

Correspondence (continued), 1931-1961

Carton 33-34

William Knowland, 1941-1965

Carton 33, Folder 10

Speeches, 1959-1960

Carton 33, Folder 11-14

Senate, 1950-1960

Carton 33, Folder 15

Governor Campaign, 1958

Carton 33, Folder 16-23

Red Cross, 1941-1942

Carton 34, Folder 1-3

Boy Scouts, 1961

Carton 34, Folder 4

Oakland Chamber of Commerce, 1960

Carton 34, Folder 5

Elections, 1960-1962

Carton 34, Folder 6-9

Correspondence, 1946-1965

Carton 34, Folder 10-13

Joseph Knowland Correspondence, 1934-1960

Carton 34-35

Finances, 1906-1961

Carton 34, Folder 14-15

Dargie Estate, 1935-1961

Carton 34, Folder 16

Hill Estate, 1929

Carton 34, Folder 17-18

Joseph Knowland, 1926-1960

Carton 35, Folder 1-2

Joseph Knowland (continued), 1926-1960

Carton 35, Folder 3-4

Franklin Investment Company, 1936-1961

Carton 35, Folder 5-10

Gardiner Mill Company, 1906-1941