Fighting Nazism with Words: Dutch Clandestine Literature Under the Nazi Occupation

April 1 – August 31, 2010
The Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, The Doe Library

This exhibit highlights The Bancroft Library’s collection of “illegal” books and pamphlets published clandestinely during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

An accompanying lecture and reception on April 15 will feature the noted Iranian-Dutch author Kader Abdolah.

The exhibit is open during the operating hours of The Doe Library.

Fighting Nazism with the printed word

“Resonating through a new Doe Library exhibit of Dutch art and literature published in defiance of Nazi suppression is the knowledge that, more than a half-century later, persecution, prison and even execution can still be the price of words printed on paper. On display in the glass cases in Doe’s foyer, under the banner “Fighting Nazism With Words,” are some 100 pamphlets, books, broadsides, posters, prints and drawings selected from the Bancroft Library’s extraordinary collection of what’s known as Dutch clandestine literature. Berkeley has one of the largest collections of such resistance works in the world — almost half of the roughly 1,000 pieces published during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 to 1945. One of the Bancroft’s special collections, it was built by librarian James Spohrer.” –

Mark Twain at Play Online Exhibit

Mark Twain at Play

Mark Twain was a hardworking and prolific writer, but how did he spend his time when the “bread-and-butter element” was put aside and he was free to relax and amuse himself? This exhibition brings together manuscripts, documents, notebooks, albums, vintage photographs, and other artifacts from The Bancroft Library’s Mark Twain Papers. It was the inaugural exhibition (October 2008-April 2009) in the new exhibit space within the retrofitted and renovated Bancroft Library.

JSTOR / Auction Catalogs

JSTOR is collaborating with the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a pilot project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to understand how auction catalogs can be best preserved for the long-term and made most easily accessible for scholarly use. Auction catalogs are vital for provenance research as well as for the study of art markets and the history of collecting.

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