US District Courts - Oakland
Location: West Tower, Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay St, Oakland

The installation of a permanent local history exhibit in the public areas of the US District Court's Oakland facilities.  This is the culmination of a program that began in 2002, and now encompasses the US Courts' Bay Area facilities— San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. The work is installed in public spaces, jury rooms and selected chambers areas - a total of about 1,000 pieces.

The Oakland phase was overseen by nationally known Judge Jensen, whose career has centered on the East Bay Community.  He worked with us on the storyboard, outlining the milestones of Alameda and Contra Costa's History, curatorial selection of individual pictures, and editorial review of the storytelling.  Judge Breyer continued to play a lead role in program direction.
Using the "storyboard" as a foundation for the work, the educational value of the program was enhanced.

Images were restored from vintage materials scanned at the highest practical level, from the best possible print available. Final prints were made using HP's new 12-color pigmented  ink archival fine art printer, rated by Wilhelm Imaging Research for 200 years.

Content was drawn from a variety of local sources including the
Oakland History Room, Contra Costa Historical Society, Port of Oakland, the Bancroft Library, Cargill Salt, Clorox, California Images and Marge Callow Collection. 

Green Best Practices:  Our approach to production centered on "going green" using local 100% Bay Area artisan framing by our San Francisco-based studio Eco-framing.  Frame moulding is solid American Cherry wood, grown sustainably and milled and finished according to FSC certified methods, and conservation methods were used throughout.

The program is located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors of the US District Courts West Tower of the Ronald Dellums Federal Building, open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00pm - security access is required with picture ID

NEWS: August 20th, 2010 - article from the Contra Costa Times (transcript) about the recent completion and installation of the community history exhibit for the United States District Courts in the Oakland Federal Building, written by journalist Ginny Prior

View examples of images used in the exhibit:


72157622859018670 Silicon Valley History Standard Oil Plant, Richmond
Oakland History
Alameda County History
Contra Costa County History

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United States District Courts - Oakland

United States District Courts - Oakland