Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Rocky Mountains and lake view*

The Protecting the New Wonderland exhibit explores the origins of the National Park Service with materials drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library.

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests - and the lure of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco - played key roles in the formation of the park service.

Dates: February 26 - October 7, 2016

Location: The Rowell Exhibition Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

Curated by: Kathi Neal, Associate University Archivist, The Bancroft Library and by Michele Morgan, Accessioning Archivist, The Bancroft Library

For details, contact The Bancroft Library at 510-642-3782 or visit the Bancroft website.

Post contributed by Alison Wannamaker, Publications and Production Specialist, Library Graphics Office

*Image courtesy of The Bancroft Library.

'Bear Lake and Long's Peak.'

Scenes of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, Playground of the World by W. T. Parke, 1890.

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Mar 08, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

No Legacy: Literatura Electrónica exhibit on digital literature, Doe Library

No Legacy exhibit logo

The exhibition No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica (NL||LE) presents a collection of works of digital literature in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English alongside print works of the 20th-century avant-garde. It gathers an unprecedented team of collaborators from across the UC Berkeley campus (the University Library, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Institute of European Studies, and the Berkeley Center for New Media) as well as national and international partners to showcase the impact of technology on literary production in the 21st-century networked world.

  • What: No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica Exhibit
  • When: March 11 - September 2, 2016
  • Where: Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery

Please also join us for the exhibit's opening reception on March 11 at 5:30pm in the Morrison Library (101 Doe), featuring readings by digital poet Amaranth Borsuk and digital writer Doménico Chiappe.

There will also be two roundtable discussions in the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (190 Doe), from 10am-12:30pm on March 11 featuring talks from Dene Grigar, Roberto Cruz Arzabal, Leonardo Flores, Sandy Baldwin, and exhibit curators Élika Ortega and Alex Saum.

Mar 07, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Story Hour in the Library: Scott Saul, March 10

Scott Saul

Story Hour will feature author, Scott Saul, on Thursday, March 10th at 5:00pm.

Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library.

Scott Saul is a historian and critic who has written for The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Nation and other publications.

He is the author of Becoming Richard Pryor, the first thoroughly researched biography of the comedian, and the creator of Richard Pryor's Peoria, a digital archive of materials from Pryor's formative years in that Midwestern city.

Saul teaches courses in American literature and history at UC Berkeley, where he is an associate professor of English. He lives in Berkeley, CA, with his wife and son.

When: Thursday, March 10th, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Morrison Library

Admission: Free and open to the public


Contributed by Gigi Gillard, Donor Stewardship & Events Coordinator

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Mar 04, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Intro to Oral History Workshop: March 11

Man speaking into tin can with string

The Oral History Center (OHC) is offering an introductory workshop on March 11th.  Register now and see more details through the OHC blog.

Please contact Shanna Farrell with any questions.

Mar 02, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

New Look for Moffitt Library's East Terrace

East entrance and terrace of renovated Moffitt Library

We are pleased to introduce the newest addition to the Moffitt Library project - the East Terrace.

The current renovation work includes a new entrance from Memorial Glade into Moffitt Library. We expect this entrance to be very popular, given its proximity to many other campus buildings, including Doe Library.

As plans evolved for the upper Moffitt floors, we considered the experience of students entering the building and expanded the project to enhance the lighting, seating and walkways on the East Terrace.

An outdoor coffee stand, brought to you by the same vendors as the popular FSM Cafe, will be available for grab-and-go coffee and snacks. As Moffitt will become food and drink friendly, with the opening of the renovated floors, students can enjoy their snacks outside or bring them into the library to work.

The rendering, provided by the project architects from Gensler, depicts an early vision of Moffitt's East Terrace. We are in the early stages of planning; specific designs will be refined through the spring.

More information about the renovation can be found at

Post contributed by Jean Ferguson, Learning and Research Communities Librarian

Mar 02, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

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