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.
"It must have been an Indiana Jones moment for Stuart Fine. Poring over rare documents, many of which had been boxed up for decades, the 19-year-old U.C. Berkeley freshman uncovered a lost world.
Fine was one of nine students taking part in a project of the university?s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship program. Their mission: Explore the lives of 70 professors, most of them Jewish, who had fled Nazi-occupied Europe in the ?30s and later joined the U.C. Berkeley faculty. Their findings will be part of a 2014 exhibit at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley.
'It was fascinating to learn about these people,' Fine said. 'I knew about the Jewish intellectual diaspora after the war, but I had no idea so many amazing people came to U.C. Berkeley or that Cal accepted so many persecuted Jews.'
The documents had been stored at the university's Bancroft Library, which houses a portion of the Magnes' archives." - Dan Pine, jweekly.com
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April 26 - July 26, 2013
The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open 10am - 4pm, Monday through Friday
The Colors of California Agriculture highlight the recently donated Goin and Starrs Archive of California Agriculture, containing photographs and panoramas by Peter Goin and field research notes by Paul F. Starrs. These materials were compiled during the five years in which they co-authored the UC Press publication, Field Guide to California Agriculture, the first major survey of agriculture in California in 30 years. The Goin and Starr Archive is featured in the context of documents, photographs, and prints from The Bancroft Library's historical holdings on this subject.
In the corridor exhibition cases adjacent to the Gallery, select produce labels from the Schmidt Lithograph Collection are on display. At its peak from 1910-1929, the Schmidt Lithograph Company was the largest label producing company in California. The company's growth paralleled that of California's agricultural production. The 47 Schmidt scrapbooks are a visual cornucopia advertising California's bounty of dried, canned, crated fruits and vegetables.
Thursday, April 25th
The Bancroft Library Gallery
5pm - 7pm
Open to the public
LECTURE: "Sometimes a Picture Needs 1,000 Words: The History of the Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection"
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Led by Jack von Euw, Curator, Pictorial Collection
From its beginnings, The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection served primarily to illustrate text. However the purchase of the Robert B. Honeyman Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material in 1963 took it beyond the illustrative. This lecture is an overview of the collection from its beginnings to its present stature with approximately eight million items.
TOUR: The Magnes Collection
11:00 am-4:00 pm
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Led by Director Alla Efimova and Curator Francesco Spagnolo
Special tours will be offered every hour on the hour from 11 to 3. The collection is free and open to the public from 11 to 4. The two current exhibits are Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker: A Literary Installation by Moira Roth, and Sound Objects: Case Study No. 3.
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