The Verbarg Collection consists of: [Series I] the hundreds of brief local history essays
submitted for publication in the Oakland Tribune's "Knave" column (1953-1974); [Series
II] correspondence between Leonard Verbarg and the public relative to these submissions;
[Series III] memorabilia sent to Verbarg with the articles (most notably early theatre
programs) as well as tear sheet copies of "Knave" columns (1954-1969); and, [Series IV]
the photographs and drawings that were published with the essays.
Leonard Verbarg was a journalist and editor of the "Knave" column in the Oakland Tribune
for more than twenty years (1953-1974). The "Knave" was begun during the 1930s and was
dedicated principally to California local history. Because Leonard Verbarg opened the
column to the public, history buffs, community boosters and descendants of pioneer
families all sent him copy, much of which he edited and published. Some published local
historians, including Rockwell D. Hunt, F. Hal Higgins and Charles M. Loring contributed
regularly to the "Knave." Leonard Verbarg received the California Historical Society's
Award of Merit in 1965. Nine years later, on the death of long-time Tribune publisher,
Joseph R. Knowland, the "Knave" column was terminated.