Roundtable: What's in the News? A look at the Fang Family SF Examiner photographic negative collection

October 18th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12 PM

Led by Lori Hines, Bancroft Pictorial Processing Archivist

Six years ago The Bancroft received a gift of the San Francisco Examiner photographic archive.  Work is still ongoing in the effort to preserve, organize and make available (both digitally and in person) this rich archive of photographs documenting twentieth century San Francisco and more.  Pictorial Processing Archivist Lori Hines will present a slideshow and talk on trends in journalism, culture, and history she observed while sorting, re-housing, and describing the collection of 3.6 million negatives from ca. 1930-2000.  Please note: Some images shown might be shocking or considered offensive.

Bancroft, blessed with the photographic "morgues" of both the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin and the Examiner, offers a gold mine of images of Bay Area history.  The Examiner materials, samples of which can be found on a Facebook page, are increasingly sought after by all manner of researchers. 

The entire community is welcome to join us and see some memorable images and hear Ms. Hines's thoughtful observations.  Bancroft Round Tables aim to showcase the extensive and varied collections of our library.

Oct 11, 2012 | Categories: Events | Titangos

Bancroft Events at Homecoming Weekend, October 5th - 7th

Keeping the Past Alive with Oral History
Located in the Morrison Library (inside the Doe Library)

10/5, Friday, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

What did an alumna from the Class of 1895 recall about college nearly 70 years later? How have some of Berkeley's earliest African American faculty characterized their experiences on campus? What did a key campus administrator in the 1950s and 1960s think about the complex issues, events, and people that led to the Free Speech Movement? The answers to these fascinating questions are contained within the Regional Oral History Office's (ROHO) vast collections on the history of the University of California and its impact on our world. Join ROHO staff to hear interview highlights and tips for documenting your own memories. You will also have the opportunity to record your own recollections about the University for inclusion in the collection.

Fiat Lux Redux Exhibit
Located in The Bancroft Library Gallery

10/5, Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, Gallery Talks at 11 am & 2 pm
10/6, Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

In 1964, University of California President Clark Kerr commissioned photographer Ansel Adams and writer Nancy Newhall to create a commemorative book on the University's centennial in 1968. The result, Fiat Lux ("Let there be light"), contains more than 6,000 photos capturing the spirit and growth of the University's nine campuses at that time. This fall, Berkeley is undertaking an ambitious campuswide program of classes, exhibits, events, and more that bring these photos to light once again and invite everyone to contemplate the University's prolific past and future prospects, especially during this difficult time. See dozens of signed fine prints in the exhibition Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr, and learn about how they fit into the vision for public higher education in California. Curator Jack Von Euw will discuss the exhibit on Friday at 11 am and 2 pm.

The Magnes Collection Open House
Located at 2121 Allston Way, Downtown Berkeley

10/6, Saturday, 12 pm - 4 pm
10/7, Sunday, 12 pm - 4 pm

One of the preeminent Jewish collections in the world, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life opened its new 25,000-square-foot home in downtown Berkeley last January. Join this open house to enjoy musical performances and curator-led tours of four new exhibitions, including prints and photographs by well-loved artists such as Marc Chagall and Neil Foldberg; a look at the Jewish fascination with list-making and inventories; art illustrating key 20th-century historial moments; and posters that offer a unique perspective on the renaissance of Jewish culture in Europe since the early 1980s.

Oct 01, 2012 | Categories: Events | Titangos

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

Visit the companion online exhibit:

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

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