Adam Matthew Digital Collections

Photo by Steve McConnell / UCB

The Library recently acquired dozens of important online primary source databases in the Adam Matthew Digital Collections*. Covering a wide variety of eras, locations and events from around the world, these collections include historic posters, pamphlets, photos, diaries and much more. History Librarian Jennifer Dorner will be introducing each new collection in depth on her UCB History Collection News blog as the semester progresses, but here are a few highlights:

American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business (1935-1965) provides unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era's foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognised 'father' of Motivational Research.

Empire Online brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 answers the need for clear, intelligible and informative English-language sources relating to China and the West by providing first-person written accounts, maps, paintings, manuscripts and letters. Learn about China's history during the two centuries of monumental social and political upheaval that ultimately recreated the country into a modern power.

Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape offers scholars an in-depth examination of Romantic period artists, poets and writers. This database offers unique access to rare and priceless literary sources that are indispensable for scholars and students studying the Romantic period, and in particular the literary figures William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Robert Southey.

The full list of newly purchased Adam Matthew Digital Collections:

* This post is the third in a series to highlight important additions to our online resources. These purchases were made possible in large part with new library funding that resulted from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library charged under EVCP George Breslauer and Chair, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Elizabeth Deakin. For more information read the Commission Report and Response.

Mar 04, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Berkeley's Ivory Tower: The Campanile at 100

Campanile with the Big C in the background, UARC PIC 08:205, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. A new Bancroft Library exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark with photographs, letters, architectural drawings, illustrations, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and other holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library manuscript and pictorial collections.

The exhibit includes a timeline of the tower's construction and history, documenting the repairs, improvements and additions to the Campanile as well as important events. Background information about the benefactors, Peder and Jane Sather, the master architect John Galen Howard, and the carillon are also on display.

When: February 16 - November 2, 2015; Open for viewing during regular Doe Library hours.
Where: Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between Doe and Bancroft

Mar 03, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Tertulia de la Palabra Writers Present at Ethnic Studies Library

The Ethnic Studies Library continues its series of events featuring the work of Chicano and Latino writers, Tertulia de la Palabra, on March 3rd in the Multicultural Community Center. The event will feature authors, Viola Canales and Stephen D. Gutierrez. The tertulia gives writers and community a chance to exchange ideas and viewpoints.

Viola Canales teaches a course, Writing Workshop: Law and Creativity, in the Stanford University Law School. Her work includes a children's novel in English and Spanish, The Tequila Worm (Random House, 2005) and El Gusano de Tequila (KingCake Press, 2012), as well as a bilingual book of poems, The Little Devil & The Rose / El Diabilito y La Rosa, (Arte Publico 2014) based on the traditional Mexican game, la loteria.

Stephen D. Gutierrez is a professor of English at California State University East Bay. His latest book, The Mexican Man in His Backyard, completes a trilogy composed of autobiographical and varied short stories and personal essays. The previous two books Elements and Live from Fresno y Los won the Nilon Award from Fiction Collective II and an American Book Award, respectively.

Date: March 3, 2015

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Multicultural Community Center on the UC Berkeley Campus

Feb 26, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Cataloging is Beautiful Exhibit

Photo of Imad Abuelgasim, Middle Eastern Cataloger, by Aisha Hamilton

Stop by the new Moffitt Library exhibit, Cataloging is Beautiful, to take a peek into the working lives of library catalogers, and to learn more about how they've organized and classified over 10 million volumes in the UC Berkeley Library system.

Currently on display on the third floor of Moffitt Library across from the elevators, the exhibit offers images, quotes, and informative text about the past, present, and future of cataloging. The exhibit features a How to Make Sense of a Call Number graphic (call numbers are the combination of letters and numbers that typically appear on the spine of the book to act as an "address" for finding the book's location on the library shelves). There's also a Library of Congress (LC) Classification chart explaining the system used to organize the book collections in the Library of Congress and in most academic libraries, including UC Berkeley. LC is different than the more well-known Dewey Decimal system, which is commonly used to classify books in public libraries.

Please note: The Moffitt Library, including the exhibit, is only open to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff.

Feb 26, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Lunch Poems with Harmony Holiday

Harmony Holiday will be reading poetry in the Morrison Library on March 5, 2015 from 12:10pm to 12:50pm.

Holiday is a poet, dancer, archivist, and author of Negro League Baseball (Fence, 2011), Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever, forthcoming from Fence in Spring 2015.

Holiday was the winner of the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship and curates the Afrosonics archive, a collection of rare recordings of poetry from the African Diaspora, housed at Columbia University's music library and available digitally as a Tumblr site.

Feb 26, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

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