Event: Bancroft Round Table: Adolph Sutro as German-American Pioneer: Lifework and Impacts

Please join us for the first Bancroft Library Round Table of the Fall semester!

It will take place, as usual, in the Lewis Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18. Dr. Hermann-Victor Johnen, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies, will present on Adolph Sutro as German-American Pioneer: Lifework and Impacts.


Adolph Sutro was born in 1830 in Aachen, Germany and came to California during the Gold Rush. Later, in the Comstock Lode of Nevada, he constructed the Sutro Tunnel, which became the first mining tunnel in the United States. Sutro founded the Nevada town of Sutro and built the collections of the Sutro Library, one of the finest private libraries in the U.S. In San Francisco, he established the Sutro Baths, founded Sutro Forest, and in 1895 became mayor of San Francisco. Dr. Johnen will share the results of his ongoing interdisciplinary exploration of Adolph Sutro’s legacy up to the present day.

Hope to see you there. Lara Michels and Baiba Strads
Bancroft Library Staff