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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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  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • 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


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Use Restrictions

    Even though all reasonable and customary best-practices have been pursued, this collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which the University of California, Berkeley assumes no responsibility.

    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.


    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