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UC Berkeley History: Basic Sources: Campus Publications and Media

An introduction to the Library's collections relating to the history of UC Berkeley

Catalog, Schedule of Classes, Yearbook, Directories of Students and Alumni

Daily Californian newspaper

Masthead from 1910.

The Daily Californian website is searchable back to 2011 (to 2008 in some cases).

The Daily Californian archive is online here.  Years covered:



12/9/35 (only 1935 issue digitized). Most issues of 1935 available at Hathi Trust


1942:  January - April 20 available; Other issues of 1942 available at Hathi Trust



1994 (unclear if they published fewer issues or if digitized version is missing some issues)


2001 some issues missing; see Hathi Trust


Hathi Trust version is also missing some issues.  Users may see full text (full view) from 1898 - 1979 and from 2000-2019.  Users have access to a limited view (search only) from 1980-1999.


  • ALWAYS toggle the "Fulltext Search" button to ON.
  • Search tips and advanced search are available but problematic.
  • If at all possible, search or browse by year.  Searching is easiest if you have a specific date; toggle the "Full text Search" button and then search by date:  apr 26 1989.  You can also search by keyword and then use the filters on the left to limit by year.

For more information on the Daily Californian, including accessing the microfilm and the old indexes, see the UCB Library Guide.

"The Daily Californian has its roots in The College Echo, published by the Durant Rhetorical Society at the College of California before the founding of the University of California. The society continued the publication after the formation of the university and the move to the Berkeley campus site as The University Echo. The Neolaean Literary Society began the Neolaean Review in March 1873, and the two publications merged in January 1874 as The Berkeleyan. There was a gap in the publication from 1888 thorough 1892; a new series of The Berkeleyan was begun in 1893.  The named was changed to The Californian in 1897, and in October of that same year it became the Daily Californian."  (Source)

Dissertations and Theses

The majority of dissertations in the UC Berkeley Libraries are from UC Berkeley. The libraries have a nearly complete collection of Berkeley doctoral dissertations and a large number of Berkeley masters' theses.

Recordings of Campus Events

To find streaming audio and video recordings of UC Berkeley events, search UC Library Search for "media resources center university of california berkeley" (use the quotes).  Use the filters on the left:  under Resource Type, limit to videos or to audio.