Arequipa Sanatorium: Life in California’s Lung Resort for Women

University of Oklahoma Press, 2019
Available from University of Oklahoma Press, and Amazon

Arizona’s Vulture Mine and Vulture City

America Through TIme, 2019
Available from Arcadia Publishing & The History Press

Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World

University of Massachusetts Press, 2016
Available from Readers Books in Sonoma, University of Massachusetts Press, and Amazon


A Short History of Sonoma

University of Nevada Press, 2013
Available from the University of Nevada Press, Amazon, and Readers Books in Sonoma
North Bay Bohemian review


Wickenburg: Images of America

Arcadia Publishing, 2012


501: The Evolution of the Jean

Brussels: Levi Strauss & Co., 2008

The Archive: Levi’s Vintage Clothing

Tokyo: Levi Strauss Japan K.K., 2007.
Photographs by Ichigo Sugawara.

Levi Strauss & Co.

Published by Arcadia Publishing, 2007

California Tile: The Golden Era

1910-1940, vol. II. Santa Monica: California Heritage Museum, 2004 (Contributor)

Fired By Ideals: Arequipa Pottery and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Rohnert Park, CA: Pomegranate Press, 2000 (Co-author)

This Is A Pair Of Levi’s Jeans

San Francisco: Levi Strauss & Co., 1995 (Co-author, editor, photo editor)

Catalina Tile of the Magic Isle

Sausalito, CA: Windgate Press, 1992 (Editor and co-author)



Dudes Rush In

October, 2020
Available from, and Amazon

Goldie Hawn at the Good Karma Café

2019 Second Place, LAURA Journal, v. 9, 2018-2019, Women Writing the West


Journal Articles

Dude Ranching… in Sonoma County?

Sonoma Valley Sun, May 2021

Silence from the East.

Roundup, August 2018





Living the Outdoor Life In Fairfax.

Marin County Free Library, January 26, 2018

Jack London: For Love of the Land.

Kenwood Press, April 15, 2016

Women and the White Plague.

We’re History, February 23, 2016

‘Suma-ip’: In Remembrance of Those Before Us. History Lessons from the Chemehuevi Archives.

California Territorial Quarterly, Fall 2014

My Adventures with Denim: Glimpses Into Arizona’s Fashion History from the Levi Strauss & Co. Archives.

Journal of Arizona History, Spring 2013

Everyone Wears His Name: How Levi Strauss transformed the worlds of work and play.

Convergence, Fall 2008

True Blue: Why the youthful spirit of Levi’s jeans has never faded.

Arts & Living California, Fall 2008

Bus Stop 101.

BrooWaha, San Francisco edition, February 12, 2008

Telling Dead Men’s Tales.

BrooWaha, San Francisco edition, April 3, 2007

Saved By The Blonde.

BrooWaha, San Francisco edition, March 1, 2007

Copper Rivets in the Silver State: The Little-Known
 Story of How Levi’s Jeans were Born in Nevada.

Nevada Magazine, December 2006

Duncan McDuffie: Businessman and Conservationist.

Biographical article published in a variety of Bay Area newspapers, May 1987

Philip King Brown and the Arequipa Sanatorium.

Pacific Historian, Spring 1985


The Arequipa Pottery.

Ceramics Monthly, March 1987

The All-Night Museum.

Etude: New Voices in Literary Nonfiction, Spring 2004

The Famous Name Behind Another California 
Sesquicentennial: Levi Strauss.

California Historian, Spring 2004

Imagine – paying $46,532 for pants full of holes!

California Historian, Spring 2002

Everlasting Love.

Sportswear International, November 2001

Black Telephones and Blue Denim: Business Archives 
in California.

California History, Spring 1996 (Co-author)

Life In A Lung Resort.

Mediphors, Spring/Summer 1995

This Novel Employment of Untrained Hands.

California History, Fall 1994

For A Better World, Teach Better History.

San Francisco Chronicle, September 30, 1993

Albert Solon: Ceramist with a Sense of Humor,

Parts 1-4. Flash Point, the quarterly journal of the Tile Heritage
October 1990-December 1991

High Living: Recipes From Southern Climes,
Parts I-II

The Californians, January-August 1991

The Legacy of Henry Krier: A Contractor in Contrasts.

Flash Point, July-September, 1989

Fred H. Wilde: His Life and Work,
 Parts 1-4

Flash Point, January 1988–March, 1989

The History of Dude Ranch Memorabilia.

The Dude Ranchers’ Association, Spring 2020

How the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Gave Working Women a Place to Breathe.

Nursing Clio, March 2020

Art As A Tonic: Making Pottery and Defeating Tuberculosis at the Arequipa Sanatorium.

Nursing Clio, April 2020

Where Women Made History: The Arequipa Sanatorium.

National Trust for Historic Preservation – Where Women Made History, Spring 2020


Book Reviews

Ava F. Kahn and Marc Dollinger, eds., California Jews.
Reviewed on H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online
(, July 29, 2004

Katharine A. Rodger, ed. Renaissance Man of Cannery Row:
The Life and Letters of Edward F. Ricketts.

Reviewed on H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online (, January 9, 2004

Yong Chen, Chinese San Francisco.
Reviewed in California Historian, Winter 2003

Kevin Starr and Richard J. Orsi, Editors, Rooted in Barbarous Soil:
People, Culture, and Community in Gold Rush California.

Reviewed in California Historian, Summer 2002

Malcolm E. Barker, Three Fearful Days.
Reviewed in California Historian, Spring 2002

Arthur Quinn, The Rivals: William Gwin, David Broderick and the Birth of California.
Reviewed in California Historian, Spring 1999

Arnita A. Jones and Philip L. Canteleon, Editors, Corporate Archives and History:
Making the Past Work.

Reviewed in The Public Historian, Winter 1995


American National Biography. Cary, NC: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Wrote and edited entries for Adelaide Crapsey, Laura deForce Gordon, Mary Ellen Pleasant and Sally Stanford.