On Exhibit: Highlights and Shadows

Highlights and Shadows

May 7 – September 4, 2015
The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

The gift from the Reva and David Logan Foundation includes more than 2,000 titles. The Logan Collection comprises some of the most sought-after and significant books by American and European masters of photography. This gift brings Berkeley’s scholarly resources for the study of photojournalism, press photography, and documentary photography to the national forefront.

On Exhibit: Berkeley’s Ivory Tower: The Campanile at 100

Berkeley's Ivory Tower:  The Campanile at 100

February 16 – November 2, 2015
The Bancroft Library Rowell Cases
Open during the operating hours of The Doe Library

Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large as a physical structure and as a widely recognizable symbol for the UC Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through photographs, letters, architectural drawings, illustrations, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and other holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library manuscript and pictorial collections.

Reading Room Holiday Closure

The Bancroft Library Reading Room will be CLOSED December 24th – January 4th.

Instersession hours will be in effect:

December 22nd – 23rd: 1pm – 5pm

January 5th – 18th: 1pm – 5pm

New on Exhibit: California Captured on Canvas

October 8 – March 6, 2015
The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday

This visually compelling exhibition showcases The Bancroft Library’s collection of more than 300 paintings, a number of which have never been exhibited before. It presents California as both a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests, and as an intimate place that has been home to its many different inhabitants.

Homecoming Weekend: Bancroft Events

OCTOBER 10 – 12, 2014

California: Captured on Canvas (Exhibition)

Date and Time:
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bancroft Library Gallery

Event Description:
Showcasing paintings from The Bancroft Library’s collections, this striking exhibition captures California both as a vast landscape of mountains, ocean, and forests and as an intimate place that is home to different inhabitants in different ways. See selections from the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material, including scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush. View the work of renowned artists such as William Keith and Thomas Hill, as well as less familiar paintings that have never been displayed in Bancroft. Of special note is a large painting by Charles Grant of the Great White Fleet entering the Golden Gate on May 5, 1908, which has held a place of honor in University Librarian Tom Leonard’s office for years.

California: Captured on Canvas (Gallery Talks)

Date and Time:
Friday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bancroft Library Gallery

Event Description:
An informative tour of California: Captured on Canvas led by Jack von Euw, Exhibition Curator.

West Coast Cocktails: An Oral History

Date and Time:
Friday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor, Wheeler Hall

Event Description:
Many of the bartenders mixing Mai Tais in California’s famous tiki bars of the 1930s and ’40s were Asian, but racism kept them hidden away in the kitchen. Similarly, it was illegal as recently as the 1970s for a woman to tend bar in California, unless she was related to the owner. These are just two fascinating issues that are being explored through an oral history project on West Coast cocktail culture, from libations lore of the 1880s to today’s “garden to glass” movement, in which bartenders are shopping alongside chefs for local, seasonal ingredients. Hear interview clips of those who know — or are making — cocktail history, and explore social and cultural themes you may have never realized intersect in a cocktail glass.

Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals (Exhibition)

Date and Time:
Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Event Description:
For thousands of years, food rituals have been essential to constructing and maintaining Jewish identities throughout the diaspora, but the significance of these rituals might be more pervasive than we think. Visit the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life to explore the broader links among food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement Oral History Project Released

Fifty years ago this week, the Berkeley campus of the University of California was rocked by the Free Speech Movement (FSM). The Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) has made available nearly 40 never-before seen interviews that recount the experiences of a cross section of participants in or witness to the events, including: student leaders and the lawyers who defended those disciplined and arrested; faculty who were in favor of and others who vehemently opposed FSM; ordinary students who as one freshman noted, were “trying to figure out what was going on. People were really caught by how important this was and trying to sort out the adult world response to it. You knew that this was a big deal.” Because of repeated massive demonstrations – 10,000 students surrounding a police car in the middle of Sproul Plaza; 800 people occupying the central administration building – Berkeley drew national attention. In the words of one interviewee, a journalist who covered the FSM for the nation- wide Collegiate Press News Service: “FSM opened up everything – just blew out the tubes of being able to move large amounts of information across the country. It wasn’t exactly that Berkeley was the first place where this mechanism kicked in [political protest] but it was the place where it went critical.”

The project website, along with interview transcripts and selected audio clips, is available here for all to access:

Project highlights:
Charles Powell, the ASUC Student Body President, never before interviewed about his struggle with the FSM as it was happening
Suzanne Goldberg, on the role of women in FSM and her struggles to overcome sexism among activists
Robert Scalapino, a distinguished scholar of China and Japan who opposed the tactics of the movement
Art Goldberg and Jackie Goldberg, siblings who came to Berkeley together, played key roles in the movement, and then went on to fight for social justice in law and politics

A study of Bay Area’s (hic) cocktail history

“It all started with a shot of Peruvian brandy, lemon juice and a jigger of pineapple syrup. They called it a Pisco punch, and it was the first cocktail ever mixed in San Francisco. Or, if it wasn’t a Pisco punch, maybe … hic … it was a whiskey concoction invented by miners. Or perhaps … burp … it was a sherry aperitif poured by Spanish missionaries.

In any case, the Bay Area has a rich and riotous history of mixed drink inventions, and a UC Berkeley historian has set out to document it, from the mai tai to the martini and beyond. Everything, that is, but the hangover. ‘What cocktails tell us, not just about drinking culture but American life, is incredibly fascinating,’ said Shanna Farrell, a historian at Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office. ‘The Bay Area has been a center of that, and that history has never been researched.’

Farrell plans to interview bartenders, distillers, historians and bar owners, covering everything from recipes to Prohibition to political and social influences dating from the Gold Rush to the present. Her office is raising money online to finish the project. The idea was a no-brainer for the Bancroft Library, which has one of the country’s most comprehensive archives of Western memorabilia.” – Carolyn Jones, SFGate

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