Oakland History Room
Branch Address125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
About the Oakland History Room
The Oakland History Room is an important center for the study of the history and current development of the East Bay. Its collection contains a wide variety of materials relating to the history of Oakland and the larger Bay Area, including books, magazines, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, sheet music, trade catalogs, and scrapbooks.
Currently on Exhibit
The staff of the Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit, The Waters of Oakland, which will tell the story of
- Lake Merritt's metamorphosis from tidal slough to urban lake,
- how East Bay residents have worked and played on and along Oakland's lakes, creeks, and estuary,
- and the current reconstruction of the 12th Street Dam and Lake Merritt parkways.
The exhibit, featuring historic photographs, planning documents, vintage postcards, and news articles, runs through June 20, 2013. Be sure to stop by the second floor of the Main Library to see this new display!