Roundtable: The Mother Tongue in the Uttermost West

April 18th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12 PM

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.

Apr 11, 2013 | Categories: Events | Titangos

Roundtable: Southern and Californio Convergence in Southern California

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.

Feb 15, 2013 | Categories: Events | Titangos

Newest Bancroftiana issue now online!

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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Jan 29, 2013 | Categories: News, Publications | Titangos

CODEX International Book Fair

Jan 17, 2013 | Categories: Events | Titangos

Glorious Past, Glorious Future: Celebrating California Memorial Stadium

January 2 - July 31, 2013
The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases
Open during the operating hours of The Doe Library

This exhibition explores the earliest years of Cal's football team and playing fields, the campaign to build the original Memorial Stadium, controversies surrounding it through the decades, interesting events beyond campus sports that happened there, the life of Coach Andy Smith, and unforgettable football-related moments and traditions, including the opening of the newly renovated and seismically retrofit stadium in September 2012. The title stems from one of the oft-quoted mottos in the original stadium's promotional literature: "To Perpetuate California's Glorious Past; To Build for Her Glorious Future."

The cases feature an array of archival and manuscript material, including correspondence, photographs, football program illustrations, architectural drawings, scrapbooks, and brochures. Collections drawn from include the records of the Office of the President and the Office of the Chancellor; the Thomas Whitesides Collection of Football Programs; a scrapbook relating to the campaign to build the stadium; the Mary Rose Kaczorowski Collection of Save the Oaks Material; various pictorial collections, including the Roland Letts Oliver Photograph Collection, Views of California Memorial Stadium, and UC Berkeley Campus Events; and publications including the Blue and Gold.

Jan 02, 2013 | Categories: Exhibits | Titangos

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