Use the online catalog to find materials in the library. This will show you all the books, reference and check out, and audiovisual materials LPC Library owns. You can search for a book or video by the author, title, subject, or keyword. A subject search allows you to find books about a topic or a person. You may also ADD LIMITS to your search, such as "audiovisual" to find only videorecordings.
Costanoan Indians - History
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California - History
Livermore Valley - History
Viticulture - California - Livermore Valley
Livermore limited by material type "audiovisual"
Al Zampa and the Bay Area Bridges (Images of America). TG24 .C3 R63 2005
California: An Interpretive History. F861.B4 1998
Castro Valley (Images of America). F869 .C39 L67 2005
Crockett (Images of America). F869 .C93 R63 2004
Early Livermore (Images of America). F864 .L75 .E27 2006
Jack London's Boyhood in Livermore. PS3523.O46
The Ohlone way : Indian life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area. E99.C8744.M37 1978
San Ramon Valley: Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon (Images of America). F868.S2.L36 2005
Suburbia. E169.04.O95 1999
Serving the Nation for Fifty Years: Fifty Years of Accomplishments: 1952-2002. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. TD178.8.U55.S478 2002
High Hill of the Caves: The Story of Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. Videorecording. MV 23331
Livermore. Videorecording. MV 23329
The Spirit of Mission San Jose. Videorecording. MV 22131.
American Decades. Ref E169.12.A4192 1995,
America in the 20th Century. Ref E169.1.A471872 1995
American Indians. Ref E76.2.A45 1995 v. 1-3
California Archaeology. Ref E78.C15.M665 1984
California Biographical Dictionary. Ref F860.C35 1994
California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Ref F859.D87 1998
California Historical Landmarks. Ref F862.C12 1979
Companion to California. Ref F859.H33 1987
Encyclopedia of California. Ref F859.E52 1997/98 v. 1-2
Encyclopedia of North American Indians. Ref E76.2.E53 1997 v. 1-11
Encyclopedia of the American West. Ref F.591.E485 1998 v. 1-4
Handbook of North American Indians: California. Ref E78.C15.H412
Handbook of the Indians of California. Ref E78.C15.K78 1976
Historic Spots in California. Ref F862.H57 1990
Indians of California. Ref E78.C15.H44 1976
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ref E169.1.S764 2001 v. 1-3
Spanish and Indian Place Names of California. Ref F859.S26 1976
Newton Local History Collection -
a pdf file
listing over 300 non-circulating books on the history of the
Tri-Valley area, Alameda County, California, and the West. Janet
Newton, a long-time Livermore resident, gave her personal research
materials, including the listed book collection and all her published
materials to the LPC College Library in 1993. The materials were
divided between the Library and the Livermore Heritage Guild.
The Library cataloged and housed the books and the Livermore
Heritage Guild preserved the personal papers and clippings.
You may also search for these books in the library catalog.
To find articles published in historic local newspapers, use the searchable subject index on CD-ROM on reserve at the circulation desk. Microfilm for the newspapers in this index is available at the Livermore Public Library.
To find current articles published in local newspapers, use America's Newspaers (NewsBank),
an online database of local, regional and California newspapers,
which contains the full-text of articles published in newspapers,
including the: San Francisco Chronicle,
San Jose Mercury, Valley Times and more. It can be accessed
in the LPC Library or from home at the LPC Library Homepage.
Search Contra Costa Newspapers or All California Sources. Also try more options to narrow search by seaching text, lead/first paragraph, headline, author or other sections.
wine industry and Livermore
art and Livermore
revitalization and Livermore
Ravenswood and history
BART and Livermore Valley
Edward Teller and Lawrence Livermore Lab
Historical Societies of California - an alphabetical list of centers and their addresses from the Genealogy Forum's Resource Center
Heritage Guild - the Guild is an information source for
those who are interested in the history of Livermore and houses
its collection in the historic Carnegie Library Building in
Carnegie Building, 3rd Street between "J" and "K" Streets, Livermore, (925)449-9927
Hours: Wed - Sun, 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society Museum -
nice collection of historical materials
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco, 415-357-1848
Hours: North Baker Research Library: Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00am - 5:00PM - Free to all
Museum Galleries: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM - Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for students
Access to primary and secondary resources, relating to the history of California and the West from the early explorations to the present time. Library holdings include:
Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society Home Page - "... serves the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin and surrounding areas in the Livermore and Amador Valleys of southeastern Alameda County, in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California"
Richard N. Schellens Collection of Historical Materials - "a
fascinating and important synopsis of directories, maps, newspaper
articles, excerpts from books and magazines, land records,
interviews with local residents and much more. The material
covers the history and geography of California, with a major
thrust towards making it extremely useful to genealogists and
historians. It fills 169 binders, which are organized by county"
Copies of the original documents for Alameda County, as well as of the index, are available at Pleasanton Library and The Livermore Heritage Guild Museum.
Livermore Public Library
Civic Center, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore, (925) 373-5500
Livermore Public Library offers the following resources for local history:
400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, (925) 462-3535
State East Bay Library
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward,(510) 885-3664
of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, (510) 642-6481
Library and Courts Building I, 914 Capitol Mall, Room 200, Sacramento, (916) 654-0176
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.
Materials are available for all Californians for in-library use. The Main Catalog indexes the collections of the California State Library, including the Sutro Library in San Francisco.
In San Francisco:
480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, (415) 731-4477
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Oakland Public Library
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland, (510) 238-3222
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, (415) 557-4567
ABAG - Association of Bay Area Governments is one of more than 560 regional planning agencies across the nation working to help solve problems in areas such as land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development. Links to information on Bay Area cities, earthquakes, census data, projections and data, regional goals and policies, smart growth, housing, transportation, economic development, education, and environment, criminal justice and training, water policy and waste collection, and earthquake hazards and planning, etc.
History Detectives - by Barry Schrader, Livermore newspaperman and historian. His site is divided into History Mysteries, Books, Speeches, Time Capsules, Oral History, Biography, and Links. He says, "I hope you enjoy the stories, weekly columns, and mysteries that make up the rich heritage of our community. Please join me in my weekly columns as I explore little known facts, and bring a new mystery for you to solve. Also please make use of my other pages, resources, and links."
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory History - provides information about LLNL including: Facts & Figures, Laboratory Values, Management & Sponsors, Institutional Publications, Laboratory Operations, Ties to the Community, and History
You may want to explore some Internet resources to supplement or enhance your research. Always be cautious of information you find on the Web since the quality of sources varies tremendously on the Internet. It is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:
Use the links given in the websites of the above historical
societies and libraries to find other local history links.
eLivermore.com: Local History - Livermore, Pleasanton, and Tri-Valley History. "Livermore, Pleasanton, and the Tri-Valley have an interesting history, dating back to the 1800s. Early Rancheros, the Transcontinental Railroad, Hops Fields, wild times in the wild west, infamous bandits, quality wines, the Lincoln Highway, a Water Temple, and a tragic rock concert are all part of our colorful history.
eLivermore.com has a growing history section, which includes hundreds of historical and current photos and many historical write-ups. "
Historic Topographic Maps of California - San Francisco Bay Area topographic quadrangles produced by the U.S. Geological Survey between 1895 and the present, covering from "Pt. Reyes south to Half Moon Bay and east to Antioch, Livermore and San Jose."
National Steinbeck Center - a museum and library devoted to John Steinbeck located in Salinas Valley. The collections include books by and about him, local and oral history, audio-visual materials, artwork, and theses. There are chronologies covering his family, awards received, and connection with Salinas.
The National Steinbeck Center
One Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
San Jose State University: Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies - "The collection houses over 30,000 items--manuscripts, original letters, inscribed first editions, secondary works, film memorabilia, films, cassettes, and over 800 photographs. Scholars, students, and members of the community are welcome to use the collection and view the changing displays."
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
316 Wahlquist Library North
San Jose, CA 95192-0202
Telephone: (408) 924-4588
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco - functions as a general multi-media website utilizing text, graphics, and sounds. We are primarily a research and educational site for scholars, young and old. Our site features the interesting, the amusing, and the unusual in San Francisco's history. ...An easy-to-use, searchable trove for local history.
Keep the printouts of your sources, or write out all pertinent information on author, title, publisher, date, Internet location, or whatever is necessary to identify where you got the information. Follow the format recommended by your instructor or ask a librarian to show you a "style manual". There are links to these instructions on the LPC Library web page: Citation Style Guides, as well as to the online resource, NoodbleBib, a bibliography composer.
Sandy Clark and Reference Librarians
Last Updated: October 2, 2009
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