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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

The Bancroft Library Intersession Hours

The Bancroft Library Intersession Hours

January 2 - 18

1pm - 5pm

Normal hours of operation will resume on January 22nd.

Please plan your research accordingly.

Nov 13, 2012 | Categories: News | Titangos

Roundtable: It was a Bloody Mess: Vallejo's 1942 race revolts and the Port Chicago strike

November 15th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12 PM

Led by Javier Arbona, PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of Geography and Bancroft Study Award Recipient

The final Bancroft Round Table of  the Fall 2012 Semester will take place on Thursday, November 15th at noon in the Lewis-Latimer Room of  the Faculty Club.

This talk offers a history of a little-known chapter of the World War II home front, the 1942 "race riots" in Vallejo, California, and efforts to record these so-called riots in art and writing. This episode is significant because, among other reasons, it exposes some of the underlying conditions for the Port Chicago sailors' strike at the same Vallejo barracks, and shows a larger pattern that set the stage for the 1944 mutiny trial against African American sailor-strikers under the same naval command.

The Port Chicago explosion is considered the worst home front disaster during World War II. On July 17, 1944, over 5,000 tons of munitions detonated while a ship was being loaded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine, near Martinez. 320 enlisted personnel and civilian employees were instantly killed, and 390 were injured. Most of those who died were African American sailors loading bombs under segregation. The site is marked with U.S. National Park and Federal Memorial.

Learning about racial tensions that flared two years before this tragedy will help us grasp a context missing in popular understanding of the African American work stoppage that ensued after the explosion.

Bancroft Round Tables aim to highlight the myriad resources of The Bancroft Library in helping historical research. The community is welcome to join us at what promises to be an eye-opening presentation.

Nov 07, 2012 | Categories: Events | Titangos

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