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Books about Walnut Creek

Books about Walnut Creek

The Walnut Creek Historical Society offers historical reference books and as well as a few other books for sale. The books can be purchased at the Shadelands Ranch Museum (click here for hours and directions) or, in some cases, at local book stores or online.

  • Clemson’s Chronology of Walnut Creek, 1769-1982
    Compiled by Beverly Clemson, Walnut Creek, Calif., the author, 1982
  • Diablo Valley in Focus, Past and Present
    By Joyce Minick, photographs by Ted Orland and Bill Owens (Published in conjunction with an exhibit held at Civic Arts Gallery, Civic Arts Dept., City of Walnut Creek, Calif, April 12-June 10, 1979; Walnut Creek, Calif., City of Walnut Creek, 1979)
  • Echoes from An Open Space Ranch (The story of the old Borges Ranch)
    By Marnie White, drawings by Andre Fairon, photographs by George Barber and Brian Murphy; Lafayette, Calif., Pleasant Hill Press, c 2000
  • 1850-1950 – 100 Years of Growth, History of Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Co., Calif.
    By Isabelle Spencer Brubaker, Walnut Creek, Calif., 1975
  • Forging the Future, Yesterday and Today
    The City of Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek, Calif., 1964
  • History of St. Paul’s Parish in Walnut Creek
    By Laura Lott, Walnut Creek, Calif., St. Paul’s Parish, 1976
  • History of Walnut Creek
    By Brother Boniface, Walnut Creek, Calif., the author, 1960 (mimeographed typescript)
  • History of Walnut Creek
    By F.E. Perry, Moraga, Calif., the author, 1956
  • A History of the Lafayette and Walnut Creek Pioneer Churches, Methodist affiliation
    By the Rev. John W. Windley, 1950; later edition:
  • A History of the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1869-1974
    (Note:  not available at the library)
  • Images of America -Walnut Creek
    B
    y Catherine Accardi, Arcadia Publishing, 2009
  • Lakewood:  A History of Walnut Creek’s Unique Neighborhood
    By Turalu Reed Brady, Walnut Creek, Calif., the author, c 2004
  • Legacy Homes and Their Stories
    By Sally Bronson Ingraham, illustrated by Jo Ann Hanna, Walnut Creek, Calif., November 2013 (Note:  not available at the library; available for sale at the Shadelands Ranch Museum)
  • Momentous Days, an account in poetry and prose of a family in early Walnut Creek, California
    By Emme I.S. Lorenzen, illustrated by Anne Huddas Thull, Walnut Creek, Calif., the author, c 1990
  • 150 Years in Pictures, An Illustrated History of Walnut Creek
    By Brad Rovanpera, Carlsbad, Calif., Heritage Media Corporation, 1999
  • Our Heritage, the Fifty Years of Progress of the Woman’s Club of Walnut Creek
    By Isabelle Spencer Brubaker, Walnut Creek, Calif., Women’s Club, 1961
  • Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, Tice Valley, 500 Years of Human History
    By Vera Mae Fredrickson, published and edited by Mary Otis Clark, Walnut Creek, Calif., M. O. Clark, 1968
  • Saranap, Then and Now
    By Dorothy M. Ligda, Lafayette, Calif., Pleasant Hill Press, 2006
  • Shadelands, Yesterday and Today
    Compiled by Elizabeth Isles and Brad Rovanpera, Walnut Creek, Calif., Walnut Creek Historical Society, c 2002
  • To God Be the Glory [one hundred years, 1878-1978]
    Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek, Calif., The Church, 1978
  • Vintage Homes and Family Recipes
    Photographs by Stephen Joseph; research coordinator, Sheila Rogstad; editor, Donna M. Dell, Walnut Creek Historical Society, 2014 (Note:  not available at the library; available for sale at the Shadelands Ranch Museum)
  • Walnut Creek
    By Grace B. Caukin, 1946
  • Walnut Creek, A Look Back:  A Pictorial Chronicle
    Compiled by Brad Rovanpera, Walnut Creek, Calif, City of Walnut Creek, California, 1989 and 1998
  • Walnut Creek:  An Illustrated History
    By Brad Rovanpera, Walnut Creek, Calif., Walnut Creek Historical Society and City of Walnut Creek, c 2009
  • Walnut Creek, Arroyo de las Nueces
    By George Emanuels, Walnut Creek, Calif., Diablo Books, 1984 and 1991
  • Walnut Creek, California, The Great Depression and Progress
    By Jeane Noble Elder 1968
  • Walnut Creek Learns the Alphabet:  from settlement to suburbia, a history of Walnut Creek through the Great Depression
    By Jeane Noble Elder, Alamo, Calif., Holmgangers/History Press, 1974
  • Walnut Creek’s Unique Old Station – a short, colorful history
    By Dick Murdock, Walnut Creek, Calif., J.D. Graphics Enterprises, 1974
  • Ygnacio Valley, 1834-1970
    By George Emanuels, Walnut Creek, Calif., the author, 1982