Roundtable: Bolton, His Maps, and the Bancroft Library

September 19th
Lewis Latimer Room, Faculty Club
12:00 PM

Led by Albert L. Hurtado, Travis Chair in Modern American History, University of Oklahoma, Author of Herbert Eugene Bolton: Historian of the American Borderlands

Herbert E. Bolton was director of the Bancroft Library from 1916 to 1942. His decisions about hiring and acquisitions guided the library’s development in ways that continue to shape Bancroft’s collections today. Bolton’s papers, among the most important manuscript collections in the Bancroft Library’s holdings, document his work as library director as well as his work as historian and member of the UC Berkeley History Department faculty.

Bolton was particularly well known for his detailed field work and production of maps of Spanish explorers. He also created impressive and sometimes quite large maps to support his signature course, History of the Americas. Professor Hurtado will explain the development of Bolton’s interest in cartography and its continuing importance in the Bancroft Library.

There is no one better qualified to shed light on Bolton’s legacy than Professor Hurtado. The community is invited to join us for this presentation. Please join us to kick off the Bancroft Round Tables for the 2013-2014 academic year!