Roundtable: Bolton, His Maps, and the Bancroft Library

September 19th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Albert L. Hurtado, Travis Chair in Modern American History, University of Oklahoma, Author of Herbert Eugene Bolton: Historian of the American Borderlands

Herbert E. Bolton was director of the Bancroft Library from 1916 to 1942. His decisions about hiring and acquisitions guided the library's development in ways that continue to shape Bancroft's collections today. Bolton's papers, among the most important manuscript collections in the Bancroft Library's holdings, document his work as library director as well as his work as historian and member of the UC Berkeley History Department faculty.

Bolton was particularly well known for his detailed field work and production of maps of Spanish explorers. He also created impressive and sometimes quite large maps to support his signature course, History of the Americas. Professor Hurtado will explain the development of Bolton's interest in cartography and its continuing importance in the Bancroft Library.

There is no one better qualified to shed light on Bolton's legacy than Professor Hurtado. The community is invited to join us for this presentation. Please join us to kick off the Bancroft Round Tables for the 2013-2014 academic year!

Sep 17, 2013 | Categories: Events | Titangos

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Oral History Project

Photo of Bay Bridge 1936 courtest of The Bancroft Library

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Oral History Project tells the story of this engineering marvel. Enabling billions of passengers to drive from Oakland to San Francisco, or vice versa, since it opened to the public 1936, the Bay Bridge binds together the region like no other man-made structure. The majority of interviewees for this project spent their careers working on and around the bridge, and they offer their perspective on the engineering achievements, the maintenance challenges, and the complex symbolism of this massive structure.

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Aug 28, 2013 | Categories: News | Titangos

On Exhibit: Zines from the Bay Area

August 12, 2013 - TBA
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Cases
Open during the operating hours of The Bancroft Reading Room

zine noun \'zen\: a noncommercial often homemade publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.

Zines are small circulation publications that do not depend on the financial backing of advertisers, and are not produced under the guidance of a large corporation or editorial staff. Also known as fanzines, these publications are usually homemade, self-published works produced on a very small budget, and often express alternative ideas on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from feminism and punk rock culture, to cooking and country music. The San Francisco Bay Area has been a starting point for many zines, some that grew to a larger circulation and others that remained relatively obscure.

Aug 12, 2013 | Categories: Exhibits | Titangos

Newest Bancroftiana issue now online!

Number 142, Summer 2013


The Colors of California Agriculture

Oral History On and Above the Bay Bridge

The Sixty-Sixth Annual Meeting Made History

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Aug 05, 2013 | Categories: News, Publications | Titangos

On Exhibit: Clipper Ship Sailing Cards in The Bancroft Library

Clipper Ship Sailing Cards in The Bancroft Library
August 1, 2013 - TBA
The Bancroft Library Corridor Cases
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

The clipper ship sailing cards first appeared during the 1850s, advertising the departure of a ship on an imminent but indeterminate date. The cards were produced to attract last-minute customers to a not-yet-full vessel that would sail shortly, generally from New York to San Francisco. Clipper ships brought thousands of hopeful individuals to California during the Gold Rush, when sailing around Cape Horn was the fastest way to the Pacific coast from the eastern United States. Numerous artists, engravers, and printers turned to this new advertising medium at a time when color printing processes were also improving. The cards, designed to stand out in an agent's window display, were letterpress printed onto cardstock, and accented by colorful wood-engraved images or dramatic lettering. Today, less than 3,500 clipper cards are estimated to remain, and about 140 are housed in The Bancroft Library.

Aug 01, 2013 | Categories: Exhibits | Titangos

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