Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
Led by Jason Bezis, a Boalt Hall graduate who is writing a biography of Senator Thomas Kuchel
Thomas Kuchel was a liberal Republican U.S. Senator for California in the 1950s and '60s whose career spanned the Hiram Johnson to Ronald Reagan eras. The talk will focus on the fundamental tensions in his policy work: advocating civil rights and defending his mentor Earl Warren against the John Birch Society and other reactionary forces; balancing California's physical development with natural resources conservation; and promoting California's Cold War military-industrial complex (the backbone of the state's manufacturing economy) while constraining it. His paternal grandfather was among the German emigrants who founded Anaheim in Orange County. Kuchel was The Bancroft Library's keynote speaker in 1968, the University of California's centennial year.
Mark Twain's complete, uncensored Autobiography was an instant bestseller when the first volume was published in 2010, on the centennial of the author's death, as he requested. Published to rave reviews, the Autobiography was hailed as the capstone of Twain's career. It captures his authentic and unsuppressed voice, speaking clearly from the grave and brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions.
The eagerly-awaited Volume 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain's life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. Filled with his characteristic blend of humor and ire, the narrative ranges effortlessly across the contemporary scene. He shares his views on writing and speaking, his preoccupation with money, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by turns, his intractable curiosity and candor are everywhere on view.
Now available at the UC Press. Click here for ordering info.
The online free-to-use version is accessible through The Mark Twain Project.
October 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014
The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases
Open during the operating hours of The Doe Library
Fourteen Depression-era UC Berkeley students, guided by the campus YMCA general secretary Harry L. Kingman, established a house in 1933 that would launch the University of California Students' Cooperative Association. Now known as the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC), the student-operated non-profit cooperative has continued to grow, with 20 properties offering affordable housing options to 1,300 students from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area colleges and universities.
This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the BSC, the largest student cooperative in the United States, with photographs, brochures, publications, correspondence, and other documents drawn from the BSC records and other collections in the University Archives. It explores the origins, traditions, artistic activities, political involvement, and environmental sustainability efforts of the Co-op.
September 26, 2013 - March 1, 2014
The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm
Phil Frank's long-running cartoon strips Travels with Farley and Farley have recently joined the drawings of Rube Goldberg, one of UC Berkeley's best-known alumni, and of Gus Arriola, creator of the ever-popular Gordo strip, at The Bancroft Library. In addition to the work of these cartoonists, the exhibit will feature comics by underground artist Dan O'Neill, creator of Odd Bodkins, and Lou Grant, editorial cartoonist for the Oakland Tribune from 1954 to 1986. This show will highlight both the topical and the timeless nature of the cartoon, one of the oldest forms of visual art known to mankind.
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
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!
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