Trial: Literary Print Culture

The Library has a trial to Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive.

What You’ll Find:

  • A unique archive relating to the history of printing, publishing, and bookselling dating from 1554 to the 21th century.
  • The Entry Book of Copies (1554-1842), used to establish copyright belonging to publishers, booksellers and eventually authors until the introduction of automatic copyright in 1912.
  • The Membership Records (1555-1940), providing valuable biographical information on the printing and publishing community and members of the Stationers’ Company. 
  • The Court Records (1602-1982), an essential source for understanding the workings of the Stationers’ Company and for dating texts or tracing editions.
  • The English Stock documents (1603-1961), which recorded the activities of the successful publishing arm of the Stationers’ Company.
  • The Treasurers’ vouchers (1734-1800) detail English Stock payments for printing, paper and advertising almanacs and other English Stock books.

The trial will run from September 13, 2019 to October 11th, 2019. Please note that these trials are available only from on-campus.

If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 11th, 2019 for the following digital collections from Adam Matthew:


Trial: Shakespeare in Performance

The Library has a trial to Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

What You’ll Find:

  • Over 1,000 prompt books of 34 of Shakespeare’s plays, including editions owned by notable actors and directors such as Charles and John Philip Kemble, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Laurence Olivier.
  • Works include David Garrick’s revised 1772 production of Hamlet, Henry Irving’s famous 1879 production of The Merchant of Venice, and Laurence Olivier’s Academy Award-winning cinema release of Hamlet in 1948.
  • Other material related to performance, such as playbills, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, theatrical account books, photographs, sketches, costumes, props, cue sheets, lighting plots, musical scores, and the correspondence and writings of countless Shakespearean actors, directors, and managers through the ages.

The trial will run from September 13, 2019 to October 11th, 2019. Please note that these trials are available only from on-campus.

If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 11th, 2019 for the following digital collections from Adam Matthew:


Trial: Shakespeare’s Globe Archive

The Library has a trial to Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance.

What You’ll Find:

  • Documentation of the performance and construction history of the new Globe and the indoor theatre space of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
  • The documents of the Globe’s performance archive primarily deal with productions from the opening of the theatre in 1997 to 2016. It includes materials on ‘Original Practice’ productions that attempted to recreate the acting methods and costumes of Shakespeare’s time. It also includes material on performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 2014-2016.
  • The collection contains information on around 170 different plays, concerts or events and over 400 different productions of these plays.
  • The archive divides into 14 main collections of document types, including Prompt Books, Performance Photographs, Programmes, Annual Reports, and Architectural Material.

The trial will run from September 13, 2019 to October 11th, 2019. Please note that these trials are available only from on-campus.

If the collection is of interest to you, the Library wants to hear from you! Please fill out this form for feedback and any comments you have.

The UC Berkeley Library also has temporary trials until October 11th, 2019 for the following digital collections from Adam Matthew:

 


Summer reading: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Book cover of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mohsin Hamid

Moshid’s fascinating and insightful 2007 novel narrates the complex reaction of a Princeton-educated Pakistani to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

LISA GOLDBERG
Adjunct Professor of Economics and Statistics
Co-Director, Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


New Resources: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels (Digital Collection)

new resources at the library

The UC Berkeley Library has acquired a new online resource with the Underground and Independent Comic, Comix, and Graphic Novels digital collection from Alexander Street Press, Volumes I and II.

This collection contains full-text, digitized collection of comics, comix, and graphic novels from the pre-Comics Code era works to modern sequential releases from artists in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, England, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Korea, Japan, and more. This includes:

  • Titles like Essex County by Jeff Lemire, From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, 120 Days of Simon by Simon Gardenfors, Gen Manhwa by various artists, Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason, and God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga.
  • Selected works from artists such as Alex Toth, Boody Rogers, Fletcher Hanks, Steve Ditko, Joe Kubert, Bill Everett, Joe Simon, and Jack Kirby
  • Series such as Crime Does Not Pay and Mister Mystery.
  • 25,000 pages of interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines, including The Comics Journal.
  • The Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Frederick Wertham and the complete transcripts of the senate subcommittee hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority and, inadvertently, the underground comix movement.

The library has also acquired additional resources from Drama Online and OverDrive.



New Resources: Additional Drama Online Modules

drama online

The UC Berkeley community now has access to new content through our subscription to Drama Online. Drama Online is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The new resources include:

This strengthens existing content in Drama Online, including:

  • 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1
  • Early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use (Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal).
  • BBC Drama Films

For more of recent library acquisitions, see our posts on Underground and Independent Comic, Comix, and Graphic Novels and OverDrive.



Summer Reading: Everything Here is Beautiful

Book cover for everything here is beautiful
Everything Here is Beautiful
Mira T. Lee

This story is Ecuador and New York and Switzerland and Israel and China.

This story is sisters and lovers and friends and mothers and doctors and shop owners.

This story is today and a long time ago and maybe hopefully even the future.

This story is people entirely whole and entirely broken.

This story is all of us.

CHRISTINE MULLARKEY
Undergraduate Major Advisor
Psychology Student Services

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: The Overstory

Book cover for The Overstory
The Overstory
Richard Powers

I loved this novel even though reading it was bittersweet. It tells a narrative about several different people and families through the nearby trees that are important to them. There is a nice comparison of people-years vs. tree-years, people’s needs vs. nature’s needs. The book spans many years in these narratives though much of it takes place in the present day. The messages in the book will really resonate, I think, for those of us that feel a special kinship with the natural world.

MICHELLE DOUSKEY
Lecturer
Department of Chemistry

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!


Summer reading: A Darker Shade of Magic

Book cover for A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic
V.E. Schwab

This novel is the first of a three-part series, “Shades of Magic,” that deals with different worlds that only those with a certain level of magic can access. This magic marks those characters as physically different and leads to many superstitions about them across the worlds that they travel. While the setting of the series is fantastical (a world where the Thames shines red with magic!) the theme is universal: feeling like an outsider, like a different world must be better than the one you are in, and finally learning to fight for yourself and the beauty in your own world.

MICHAEL MAIRE LANGE
Permission and Access Officer
The Bancroft Library

This book is part of the 2019 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!