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Register of the Verbarg (Leonard) Collection, 1945-1974
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Verbarg (Leonard) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1945-1974
    Collection number: Mss208
    Creator: Leonard Verbarg
    Extent: 15.5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Verbarg (Leonard) Collection, Mss208, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Verbarg, Leonard
    Hunt, Rockwell Dennis
    Rosborough Alexander J.
    Mauldin, Henry

    corporate name

    Oakland (Calif.) Tribune


    Journalism -California -Oakland
    Historians -California -Correspondence
    California -History -Sources
    California -Social conditions
    Oakland (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Nevada -History -Sources
    California -History, Local
    San Francisco (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Alameda County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Alpine County (Calif.) -History
    Siskiyou County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Lake County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Nevada County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Sonoma County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Tehama County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Trinity County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Modoc Indians -History -Sources
    Humboldt County Calif.) -History -Sources
    Amador County (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Contra Costa County (Calif.) -History -Sources


    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.

    Scope and Content

    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.

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