Reading: Exploring the Bancroft
February 19, 2013 § 14 Comments
Next week we’ll be making our first forays into the Bancroft Library, one of the great (but somewhat hidden) treasures here at Cal. The Bancroft is especially notable for how accessible its collections are to undergraduates and the general public, so be sure to take advantage of it during your time at Berkeley.
We’ll be visiting the Bancroft in this week’s sections, but we thought it would be good to give you guys a head start. Exploring the Bancroft is a wonderful book produced in celebration of the Bancroft Library’s centennial, highlighting the variety of books, papers, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials housed at the Bancroft. While the excerpts we included cover a pretty wide swath of the Bancroft’s collections (Western Americana, Latin Americana, the Pictorial Collection, Rare Books and Literary Manscripts, History of Science and Technology, University Archives, Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, the Mark Twain Papers, and the Regional Oral History Office), it’s important to know that these are only highlights and the list is not exhaustive.
To get more ideas of what’s available, you can browse the Bancroft’s website to find more collections, both physical and digital. You can also do keyword searches at the Online Archive of California’s Bancroft page to try and find specific collection items related to your topic.
What items are you interested in at the Bancroft?
If you’re interested in perusing this book and its wonderful photographs, you can find copies of it at Main Stacks, Doe’s Reference section, and at the Bancroft itself.