White-Warner (Rhonda) Papers

Photographic portrait of a smiling woman
Unidentified portrait, undated, Rhonda White-Warner papers, MS 144, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Publisher and media consultant Rhonda White-Warner (1951-2014) was born on July 7, 1951 in Oakland, California. After graduating from Oakland Technical High School in 1969, she attended California State University Hayward graduating with a bachelor of science in child development in 1975. She began her career in the Oakland arts community in 1974 as a program director for the Alameda County Neighborhood Arts Program coordinating and offering technical assistance to Alameda County cultural organizations. In 1977, she was hired as a public information specialist for the City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation writing press releases and advertising the department’s cultural and recreational programs. By 1981 she created her first media consulting and event planning agency, Authenic Vint’age Promotions, contracting with local artists to assist with graphic design, media advertising, and event planning.

The Rhonda White-Warner papers consist of consulting project files, subject files, photographs, back issues and administrative files of Tidbits magazine, administrative files and theatrical programs of the Oakland Ensemble Theatre, and assorted printed material largely documenting the African American performing arts community in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s and 1980s.

Dates: circa 1950s-1996
Bulk Dates: 1980-1996
Collection number: MS 144
Creator: White-Warner, Rhonda.
Collection Size: 12.5 linear feet (11 boxes + 1 oversized box)

Guide to the Rhonda White-Warner Papers

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