Event: Bancroft Round Table: Radiating Texts: The Properties of “Mark Twain,” 1862-1864

Please join us for the last Bancroft Library Round Table of the Spring semester!

It will take place, as usual, in the Lewis Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Garrett Morrison, Bancroft Library Study Award recipient and doctoral candidate in English at Northwestern University, will present Radiating Texts: The Properties of “Mark Twain,” 1862-1864.

Part of a larger project about print and place in the Gold Rush West, this talk focuses on the emergence of “Mark Twain” as a regional literary brand between 1862 and 1864. It situates Samuel Clemens’s work for the Virginia City Daily Territorial Enterprise in a place-based system of reprinting, and argues that many of his articles, especially the notorious hoax “A Bloody Massacre near Carson,” resisted the practice of free and anonymous recirculation. A presence, a persona asserted itself: an author named “Mark Twain.”

Lara Michels and Baiba Strads
Bancroft Library staff

Social Welfare Library temporary closure

A series of facilities upgrades will take place this summer to make the current Social Welfare Library more functional and to create space for a newly combined collection of current and high use books supporting social welfare, education, psychology, and social research more broadly (more information about the context of these changes is available online). In order to accomplish the renovation, the Social Welfare Library will close as of Friday, May 16th at 5pm and and will reopen on September 8th.

During the summer, Social Welfare’s course reserves and circulating books will be available in the Education Psychology Library in Tolman Hall. Research assistance will be available by appointment in Haviland as well as by phone or email. Please contact Susan Edwards if you have any questions or concerns.

New on Exhibit: The Originals

May 12 – September 1, 2014
The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases
Open during the operating hours of The Doe Library

This exhibition highlights the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO)’s recently completed project to conduct interviews with 18 pioneering African American faculty and senior administrators who joined Berkeley before the advent of affirmative action policies in the 1970s. By their example, achievements, and professional work these leaders helped lay the groundwork for diversity and access at the university, opening doors of opportunity and economic uplift for all traditionally disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in the state.

To view the interviews that inspired this exhibit, please visit: