Technical Report

Putting the "There in There": Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland

The I-880 Cypress Freeway Replacement, a project of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 4, involved the reconstruction of a 3.1 mile section of freeway in Oakland and Emeryville, California. As part of its plan to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Caltrans contracted with the Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University (ASC) to examine the area of potential effects (APE). An archaeological sensitivity study reduced the portion of the APE that was likely to contain important remains from 48 to a relatively manageable 22 blocks, while the project research design worked to define the characteristics of potential historic properties.

Chapter 1: The Loma Prieta Earthquake and its aftermath; Chapter 2: A brief history of West Oakland; Chapter 3: Consumerism, living conditions, and material well-being; Chapter 4: Consuming aspirations: bric-a-brac and the politics of Victorian materialism in West Oakland; Chapter 5: Outside the marketplace: adaptive strategies and self-reliance, making it and making do; Chapter 6: "Busy as Bees": women, work, and material culture in West Oakland; Chapter 7: Aristocracies of labor: craft unionism, immigration, and working-class households; Chapter 8: Chinese Oaklanders: overcoming the odds; Chapter 10: The landscape(s) of lodging in West Oakland; Chapter 10: "Black is beautiful": from porters to panthers in West Oakland; Chapter 11: More than"Just a Place to Start From": historical archaeologies of West Oakland