Saturday, July 24, 2010

United States District Courts-local history Exhibits - Oakland Federal Building

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

The Oakland phase was overseen by nationally known Judge Jensen, whose illustrious 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 senior 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 scanned restored from vintage materials scanned at the highest practical level, from the best possible print available. Final prints are 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, conservation were used throughout.

The program is located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors of he US 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

San Francisco local History  Program, 450 Golden Gate Ave  completed 2006

Article for Mercury News, 2008: San Jose Program with interview with Judge Breyer

Overview of US district Courts Local History Program


More stories on California History are in this blog -
visit San Francisco Images Blog for stories on San Francisco History

Web Galleries: Selected images available from the programs

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