Reading Room Holiday Closure

The Bancroft Library Reading Room will be CLOSED December 24th - January 4th.

Instersession hours will be in effect:

December 22nd - 23rd: 1pm - 5pm

January 5th - 18th: 1pm - 5pm

Dec 09, 2014 | Categories: News | Titangos

New on Exhibit: California Captured on Canvas

October 8 - March 6, 2015
The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

This visually compelling exhibition showcases The Bancroft Library's collection of more than 300 paintings, a number of which have never been exhibited before. It presents California as both a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests, and as an intimate place that has been home to its many different inhabitants.

Oct 08, 2014 | Categories: Exhibits | Titangos

UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement Oral History Project Released

Fifty years ago this week, the Berkeley campus of the University of California was rocked by the Free Speech Movement (FSM). The Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) has made available nearly 40 never-before seen interviews that recount the experiences of a cross section of participants in or witness to the events, including: student leaders and the lawyers who defended those disciplined and arrested; faculty who were in favor of and others who vehemently opposed FSM; ordinary students who as one freshman noted, were "trying to figure out what was going on. People were really caught by how important this was and trying to sort out the adult world response to it. You knew that this was a big deal." Because of repeated massive demonstrations - 10,000 students surrounding a police car in the middle of Sproul Plaza; 800 people occupying the central administration building - Berkeley drew national attention. In the words of one interviewee, a journalist who covered the FSM for the nation- wide Collegiate Press News Service: "FSM opened up everything - just blew out the tubes of being able to move large amounts of information across the country. It wasn't exactly that Berkeley was the first place where this mechanism kicked in [political protest] but it was the place where it went critical."

The project website, along with interview transcripts and selected audio clips, is available here for all to access:

Project highlights:
- Charles Powell, the ASUC Student Body President, never before interviewed about his struggle with the FSM as it was happening
- Suzanne Goldberg, on the role of women in FSM and her struggles to overcome sexism among activists
- Robert Scalapino, a distinguished scholar of China and Japan who opposed the tactics of the movement
- Art Goldberg and Jackie Goldberg, siblings who came to Berkeley together, played key roles in the movement, and then went on to fight for social justice in law and politics

Oct 01, 2014 | Categories: News | Titangos

Homecoming Weekend: Bancroft Events

OCTOBER 10 - 12, 2014

California: Captured on Canvas (Exhibition)

Date and Time:
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bancroft Library Gallery

Event Description:
Showcasing paintings from The Bancroft Library's collections, this striking exhibition captures California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate place that is home to different inhabitants in different ways. See selections from the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material, including scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush. View the work of renowned artists such as William Keith and Thomas Hill, as well as less familiar paintings that have never been displayed in Bancroft. Of special note is a large painting by Charles Grant of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 5, 1908, which has held a place of honor in University Librarian Tom Leonard's office for years.

California: Captured on Canvas (Gallery Talks)

Date and Time:
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bancroft Library Gallery

Event Description:
An informative tour of California: Captured on Canvas led by Jack von Euw, Exhibition Curator.

West Coast Cocktails: An Oral History

Date and Time:
Friday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor, Wheeler Hall

Event Description:
Many of the bartenders mixing Mai Tais in California's famous tiki bars of the 1930s and '40s were Asian, but racism kept them hidden away in the kitchen. Similarly, it was illegal as recently as the 1970s for a woman to tend bar in California, unless she was related to the owner. These are just two fascinating issues that are being explored through an oral history project on West Coast cocktail culture, from libations lore of the 1880s to today's "garden to glass" movement, in which bartenders are shopping alongside chefs for local, seasonal ingredients. Hear interview clips of those who know -- or are making -- cocktail history, and explore social and cultural themes you may have never realized intersect in a cocktail glass.

Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals (Exhibition)

Date and Time:
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Event Description:
For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora, but the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Visit the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life to explore the broader links among food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

Sep 25, 2014 | Categories: Events | Titangos

New on Exhibit: Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary

September 22, 2014 - May 29, 2015
The Bancroft Library Corridor Cases
Open 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

This exhibition revisits some of the key events of the Free Speech Movement through photographs, letters, publications, handbills, and other materials housed in the University Archives and Bancroft manuscript collections.

Sep 25, 2014 | Categories: Exhibits | Titangos

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