newspapers dot com (world collection) is a library database. You need to access this database through this guide or via the library's A-Z database list. Included in this database are the Oakland Tribune (1874-1975), the Santa Cruz Sentinel (1889-2005), the Daily Independent (San Rafael) 1949-1977, and more.
Links to city directories follow description below. Many are Polk City Directories, published by R. L. Polk, Co. City directories were designed to provide information about communities. When using the Polk directories, look for the following sections, particularly sections I and III.