New Exhibit and Opening Reception: Fiat Lux Redux

September 27, 2012 - February 28, 2013
The Bancroft Gallery
10AM - 4PM, Monday - Friday

Featuring original prints by legendary photographer Ansel Adams, this is an exhibition of rarely-seen images of the University of California System in the 1960s. The images ? commissioned by former UC President Clark Kerr, and published in the 1967 book Fiat Lux which celebrated the educational system's centennial ? offer a rarely seen look at the evolution of the renowned University of California system through the eye of a master photographer best known for his iconic California landscapes. The exhibition also showcases related archival materials about the controversial Kerr himself, and the evolution of his ideas and ideals.

This exhibit accompanies On the Same Page, a program designed to give new UC Berkeley students a theme to talk about. Please visit to see other associated campus events and activities.

The opening reception will be held on September 27th, 5 - 7 pm.  All are invited to attend.

For further info on the exhibit, please visit

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Sep 24, 2012 | Categories: Exhibits, Events | Titangos

Roundtable: Beyond Words, Diary secrets out from under lock and key

September 20th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12 PM

Led by Susan Snyder, Author and Head of Bancroft Library Public Services

Bancroft has a magnificent collection of illustrated diaries that span two and a half centuries, from the 1776 journal of Padre Pedro Font when he traveled up the coast of Alta California, to the present day diaries of New Mexico artist and writer John Brandi. Diaries are the lifeblood and drama of history.

Sep 17, 2012 | Categories: Events | Titangos

David Ross Brower: A Force for Nature

September 10, 2012 - March 31, 2013
The Brown Gallery, The Doe Library
Open during the operating hours of The Doe Library

A citizen of Berkeley for all his life, David Ross Brower is celebrated for shaping the modern environmental movement. An authentic sage and activist trailblazer, Brower fought to heal the Earth, to save the Grand Canyon, and to enlarge the national park and wilderness systems. He was a tireless advocate for clean water, free-flowing rivers, roadless wilderness, protected habitat, and a nuclear-free society. David Brower trod the world?s stage with wit, diplomacy, and generosity of spirit, recruiting others from all walks of life to the international cause of conservation of our common resources. A dynamic, engaging, compelling speaker and writer, Brower was a true believer in the transformative power of words. This salute to his life and his monumental contributions to the preservation of the natural world is organized around memorable words from his written legacy. The Library joins with other organizations around the Bay Area in celebration of the centennial of his birth.

This exhibition is part of the year-long Brower Centennial celebration. For more information visit or

Sep 10, 2012 | Categories: Exhibits | Titangos

New Reading Room Exhibits

40 Years of Title IX

August 2012 - TBA
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Exhibit Cases
Open during the operating hours of the Bancroft Reading Room

On June 23rd, 1972 the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act was signed into federal legislation. The "Title IX" section of this Act states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Many people equate Title IX as having to do with equal opportunity for women and girls to participate in athletics, but as the Act reads it has a much broader reach and includes classes, facilities and extra-curricular activities of various types.

Illustrating Allegory
William Kent's Engravings for Spenser's
Faerie Queene

August 2012 - TBA
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Exhibit Cases
Open during the operating hours of the Bancroft Reading Room

Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 - 13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the language. The poem is deeply allegorical and allusive: many prominent Elizabethans could have found themselves ? or one another ? partially represented by one or more of Spenser's figures. Elizabeth herself is the most prominent example: she appears most prominently in her guise as Gloriana, the Faerie Queene herself.

This 1751 edition of The Faerie Queene is chiefly notable for its "endearingly peculiar" illustrations by William Kent. William Kent was most famous as an architect, rather than an illustrator, and he included pictures of some of his own architectural designs in several illustrations. As scholar Hazel Wilkinson has pointed out, "As well as giving his architectural work a bit of free advertising, I think Kent was trying to point out the continuing relevance of The Faerie Queene to his audience by setting it in a modern landscape: During the eighteenth century, people delighted in adapting The Faerie Queene's allegory to reflect on current political events ? satirists often imagined their opponents as unsavoury characters from the poem, like Archimago the deceptive wizard, for instance."

Aug 21, 2012 | Categories: Exhibits | Titangos

The Bancroft Reading Room Intersession Hours


August 13 - August 22
Open from 1pm - 5pm

Normal hours will resume on August 23rd. Please plan your research accordingly.

Aug 01, 2012 | Categories: News | Titangos

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