The biographies of planners can be rich sources of information about the history of a particular period or event in planning.
American planner: biographies & recollections. Donald A. Krueckeberg, ed. 2nd ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1994. Biographies of leading American city and regional planners, 1890-1980.
Biographical information for city planners. (UC Berkeley, Library) A guide to resources and strategies for locating biographical information about city planners.
The following campus libraries have rich collections that support city planning history research.
Archives, historical societies, and local libraries can be excellent sources of primary research materials in city planning and urban history. Most state libraries also maintain archival collections of public and other records. To locate materials located in libraries not listed in the Oskicat catalog, use WorldCat on FirstSearch and limit search results to Archival Materials'. Some of these materials may be available via The Library's Interlibrary Borrowing Service.
Here's a selection of primary and secondary sources for the study of the history of American planning practice.
ACSP award history. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.  Coverage: 1981-1999.
ASPO index to proceedings of national planning conferences, 1909-1961. Mary Vance, comp. Chicago: American Society of Planning Officials,  Consult The Library's catalogs to locate copies of the proceedings.
Intellectual evolution in the field of city and regional planning: a personal perspective toward holistic planning education 1937-2010. Francis Violich.Working paper 2001-07. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California at Berkeley, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, .
National historic planning landmarks. American Institute of Certified Planners. The AICP National Historic Planning Landmarks award recognizes pioneering works, used as a precedent for other work, available for public use and viewing, and a minimum of 25 years old. The awards, which began in 1986, are usually announced in the April issue of the APA's Planningmagazine (Environmental Design NA9000 A5). For a cumulative list of planning landmarks, see the latest edition of theAlmanac of architecture and design.
The National Planning Association at work: six decades of providing solutions to America's challenges. Washington, DC: National Planning Association, 1995. NPA report: no. 278.
Planning and the planning profession; the past fifty years, 1917-1967. Russell Van Nest Black. Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Planners, . Reviews the evolution of the planning profession and the American Institute of Planners.
The Profession of city planning: changes, images, and challenges, 1950-2000. Lloyd Rodwin and Bishwapriya Sanyal, eds. New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers, the State Univ. of New Jersey, 2000.