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Biographical Information on City Planners

Biographical Information on City Planners is a bibliographic research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources for biographical information on city and regional planners, both historical and contemporary. For additional assistance please consult the reference staff of the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall.

General Sources
Finding Books
Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles
Obituaries
Bibliographies
Collective Biographies

UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by using The Library's off-campus access services.

Contents reviewed: June 2010. Compiled by Deborah Sommer.

General Sources

In addition to titles listed here, visit The Library's home pageElectronic ResourcesBiographies for a list of links to full-text biographical sources on the web.

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Finding Books

In the library catalogs try the following subject headings to locate either individual or collective biographies about city planners. tip To find contemporary biographies, see the author descriptions that often accompany journal articles and books.

[personal name: last name, first name]
Autobiography: f pn [personal name] and tw autobiography
City planners -- [place name] -- Biography
City planners -- [place name] -- History
City planners -- Bibliography
City planners -- Correspondence
City planners -- Interviews
Regional planners -- [place name] -- Biography
Women city planners -- [place name] -- Biography

Modify these searches with the addition of descriptive terms (subheadings). The following subheadings may be especially useful:

-Aesthetics
-Archives
-Autobiographies
-Catalogs
-Correspondence
-Criticism & Interpretation
-Diaries
-Exhibitions
-Influence
-Interviews
-Journeys
-Knowledge and learning

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Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles

Biographies may be found in journal and newspaper articles. 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. SeeThe Library's home pageFind InformationElectronic ResourcesElectronic Resources by Types A-ZNews Databases for a list of links to online full-text local and international newspapers.

To boost your article retrieval skills take a drop-in class at Moffitt Library. See also City Planning Indexes & Abstracts for a more complete list of journal article indexes. For UCB Only or UC Only indexes and databases, go to The Library's home pageFind InformationArticles.

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Obituaries

Obituaries frequently include synopses of an individual's professional life and contributions and often appear in newspapers. See Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles in this guide for useful sources.

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Bibliographies

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Collective Biographies

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