OVER NEARLY 140 YEARS, the traditions of Cal Press have built a rich archive of memories and images. Here are a few:

Robert Maynard (1937-1993) struggled to ensure that Oakland didn’t become the largest city in the nation without a newspaper. Though the press chose to focus on his race, Maynard tended to accentuate the fact that he had orchestrated the first management-leveraged buyout of an American newspaper — an important accomplishment irrespective of the color of his skin. A newspaper, Maynard wrote in his Oakland Tribune in 1979, should be “an instrument of community understanding.” Cal Press inducted Maynard into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1997.