Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century (10th Anniversary Edition)

Since its initial publication, Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at the Turn of the Century has captivated readers with its unprecedented blend of serious history, fascinating images, and heartfelt storytelling. Its eyewitness accounts and unique views of Berkeley a hundred years past show how profoundly the landscape, culture, economy, and social values of modern Berkeley have been shaped by what came before. In this special tenth-anniversary edition, readers will discover a wealth of new source quotes and nearly 200 additional photos, making Berkeley 1900 more than ever the definitive account of a pivotal time in the life of one of America’s most beloved cities.


“In his tenth-anniversary edition of Berkeley 1900, Richard Schwartz displays once again a pure gift for taking this interpretation to new heights.…Each page is filled with charming, amusing, factual, poignant, and always revealing articles showing how life was, how it has changed, and how it remains the same.”—Mary Ellen Jones, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, retired

About the Author

Richard SchwartzRichard Schwartz is a historian and the author of Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; Earthquake Exodus, 1906; Berkeley 1900; and The Circle of Stones. An outdoor enthusiast and animal lover, he worked on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm before heading west to find higher mountains. He now lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a building contractor and documents early Native American sites in the Bay Area. Visit his website at
Geographer and environmental historian Gray Brechin is the author of several books, including Farewell Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream (with Robert Dawson) and the recent Imperial San Francisco.