LECTURE: "Sometimes a Picture Needs 1,000 Words: The History of the Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection"
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Led by Jack von Euw, Curator, Pictorial Collection
From its beginnings, The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection served primarily to illustrate text. However the purchase of the Robert B. Honeyman Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material in 1963 took it beyond the illustrative. This lecture is an overview of the collection from its beginnings to its present stature with approximately eight million items.
TOUR: The Magnes Collection
11:00 am-4:00 pm
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Led by Director Alla Efimova and Curator Francesco Spagnolo
Special tours will be offered every hour on the hour from 11 to 3. The collection is free and open to the public from 11 to 4. The two current exhibits are Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker: A Literary Installation by Moira Roth, and Sound Objects: Case Study No. 3.
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
Led by Eli Rosenblatt, Ph.D. candidate in the UC Berkeley Jewish Studies Program and Curatorial Intern at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The final Bancroft Round Table of the 2013 Spring Semester will take place on April 18 at noon in the traditional Lewis-Latimer room of the Faculty Club. This talk explores the collection of Yiddish-language printed materials published in California housed at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. The collection includes a wide variety of novels, poetry collections, pamphlets, literary journals and rabbinic commentaries published by Eastern European Jews who settled on the California coast between 1881 and 1924. The modernist literature contained in the collection, and the Californian Yiddish literary circles it represents, helps us grasp the global dimensions of Yiddish literary movements. It offers a unique vantage point from which to discuss the circulation of Ashkenazi Jewish culture between its heartland in Slavic Europe and the Americas, Southern Africa, the Middle East and Western Europe.
The community is invited to join us to learn more about this little known aspect of Jewish and California history. Bancroft Round Tables aim to highlight the myriad collections of our Library and showcase the ways in which they enrich our historical experience.
The first Bancroft Round Table of the Spring 2013 Semester will take place on at noon, Thursday, February 21 in the Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. Daniel Lynch, Ph.D. candidate in the UCLA Department of History and Bancroft Library Gunther Barth Fellowship recipient will present ?Southern and Californio Convergence in Southern California: General Andrés Pico and the Chivalry Democrats, 1846-1861.?
Focusing on the life of the native-born Californio Andres Pico, this talk explores how two groups of southern CaliforniansSoutherners and Californiosmediated the region's incorporation into the United States during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. After leading Californio insurgents to their sole victory Mexican-American War at the Battle of San Pasqual, Pico launched a successful American political career as a state legislator. He joined the pro-slavery ?Chivalry? faction of the state Democratic Party to forge a powerful regional political alliance between Southerners and Californios. This unusual alliance shared goals of keeping taxes low, protecting land ownership, masculine honor and female virtue, and maintaining hierarchies of race, class and gender.
The way in which partisans of the losing sides of two successive wars, the Mexican and U.S. Civil, found common ground and came to form the nucleus of a southern California elite political alliance is both fascinating in itself and crucial for an understanding of California politics in the ensuing century and beyond. The community is invited to join us at this talk. The Bancroft Round Table series aims to highlight the vast resources of our library to enrich our understanding of our historical heritage.
Number 141, Fall 2012
Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr
Mark Twain's Autobiography, Volume 2
"A Perfection of Art"
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