Exploring the Bancroft Library

Exploring The Bancroft Library, edited by Charles B. Faulhaber and Stephen Vincent

Wednesday, December 6
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA

Appearances by Anthony Bliss – Curator, Rare Books & Literary Manuscripts, The Bancroft Library, & Stephen Vincent

THE BANCROFT LIBRARY at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the finest special collections libraries in the country. Established in the 1850’s by San Francisco book dealer Hubert Howe Bancroft, the library was acquired by the University in 1905. The library contains millions of rare books, historic and literary manuscripts, diaries and letters, original paintings, photographs, and artifacts. Within its walls live pieces of history, from fragments of papyrus excavated from ancient Tebtunis, Egypt to original correspondence from Thomas Jefferson announcing Meriwether Lewis’s expedition to the "West Ocean" in 1803: from Mark Twain to Dorothea Lang to Rosie the Riveter, the Bancroft Library has something for everyone.

This Centennial Guide to its extraordinary history, spectacular special collections, research pleasures, its amazing future and how it works.

» The Bancroft Library's fall 2006 event calendar