Here is a selected list of catalog subject headings which may be useful in your search. Check also for other useful subheadings, such as Bibliographies, History, Handbooks, etc. Guidebooks to cities may also have sections on city planning history.
For city planning research start with the Oskicat catalog; Oskicat covers UC Berkeley and has great keyword searching.
When Oskicat isn't enough, particularly when your topic is geographically remote from California, the Western U.S., Latin America, or the Pacific Rim, search Melvyl, a database of more than 1.5 billion records, for all libraries. Request items through The Library's Interlibrary Borrowing Service.
[place name]--Description and travel
Cities and towns--[place name]--History
City planners--[place name]
City planning--[place name]
Garden cities --[place name]--History
Land use, Urban --[place name]--History
New towns--[place name]--History
Regional planning--[place name]--History
Urban renewal--[place name]--History
In addition to the indexes listed here, some newspapers are available full text on the Web; information regarding archives of older issues is sometimes available at these sites. See the Library's home page→How to Find→Databases→ Databases: By Type→ News Articles Databases for a list of links to online full-text local and international newspapers and other news media.
Use journal and newspaper indexes and databases to discover articles on your topic. Some online databases include the full text of the articles you discover or the icon which may lead you to the full text elsewhere. In many cases, however, you will need to locate the print journal in the Library's collections; search the Library's catalogs by the journal title in order to find the shelving location and call number for the journal. For UC Only or UCB Only titles, go to The Library's home page→ How to Find → Articles.
Here's a selection of historical and current journals containing articles relevant to city planning or urban history.
Cities: the international journal of urban policy and planning. ScienceDirect- UC Only
Garden cities & town planning. London, P. S. King & son, ltd. [etc.]. Official journal of the Garden Cities and Town Planning Association (earlier name: Garden City Association; later name: Town and Country Planning Association).
Journal of planning education and research via CSA. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Journal of urban history. UC Only
Journal of urban planning and development via ASCE Research Library. American Society of Civil Engineers. Urban Planning and Development Division, 1956-- . Title varies. In earlier years was part of the ASCE proceedings.All Online Issues May 1983 Present.
Planning history. 1988-- .
Planning history studies. Society for American City and Regional Planning History. Richmond, VA: The Society. 1996-1998.
Planning perspectives: an international journal of history, planning and the environment via IngentaConnect - UCB Only. International Planning History Society, London: E. & F. N. Spon.
Proceedings of the National Conference on American Planning History. Columbus, OH: Published and dist. by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.
Storia della citta. Milano: Electa Editrice. v. 1(1976)-56(1990) Nicely illustrated with plans, maps, etc.
Urban history via Cambridge Univ. Press - UCB Only
Specialized bibliographies can help you find publications on your topic. Also look for bibliographies in books as well as in journal and encyclopedia articles. To find additional bibliographies, search the Oskicat catalog: subject = City planning--History--Bibliography.
Architecture series--bibliography. Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies, 1978-1990. Includes more than 2,300 bibliographies on architecture and related topics.
The Cinematic city: the city and architecture in motion pictures (UC Berkeley, Library). An extensive bibliography of books and articles on the idea of the city represented in film.
CPL bibliography. Chicago, IL: Council of Planning Librarians, 1979-1995. More than 300 substantive annotated bibliographies on a wide range of city and regional planning topics.
History of urban and regional planning: an annotated bibliography. Anthony Sutcliffe. London: Mansell Publishing, 1981. Includes more than 1,400 annotated entries on planning history and 19th-century antecedents, individual planners, planning in individual cities and towns, and planning as a world movement. British emphasis.
History of urban planning in the United States: an annotated bibliography. Martin Gellen. Chicago, IL: CPL Bibliographies, 1983.
The 100 essential books of planning. Comp. by the the American Planning Association and co-sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries, with web links provided by David Eifler, UC Berkeley, Library. 2009. Annotated bibliography created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American planning movement. List organized by decade.