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History of City Planning: Other Resources

This is a bibliographic guide to research resources for the history of city planning and urbanism at the University of California, Berkeley libraries and on the Web, with an emphasis on American and California city planning.

Special Collections


The biographies of planners can be rich sources of information about the history of a particular period or event in planning.


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.

Professional Practice

Here's a selection of primary and secondary sources for the study of the history of American planning practice.

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