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FEBRUARY

ROUNDTABLE:  SOLVING MYSTERIES AT THE BANCROFT LIBRARY: THE FIFTH FLOOR DIMENSION

February 15, 2018
12:00 PM
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Presented by Kenna Fisher, MLIS, Manuscripts Cataloger, The Bancroft Library

Ever wonder how Bancroft’s wonderful collections are made ready for the public? Go behind the scenes with Bancroft manuscripts cataloger Kenna Fisher as she takes you on a journey through special collections processing. Ms. Fisher will discuss how the dedicated technical professionals on the fifth floor at Bancroft work with collections to facilitate further discovery by researchers, and how she herself solved mysteries contained in two new acquisitions: a Gold Rush-era journal with a story that spans the American continent, and a World War I collection that includes the amazing story of Raymond Babcock, a country doctor from Willits who earned a Silver Star for his service in the Battle of the Argonne.

EXHIBITION:  ¡VIVA LA FIESTA! MEXICAN TRADITIONS OF CELEBRATION

Through February 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday
The Bancroft Library Gallery

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the Mexican calendar.

EXHIBITION: FIAT YUKS: CAL STUDENT HUMOR, THEN AND NOW

Through June 3, 2018
Open during the operating hours of the Doe Library
Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students' cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

 


 

MARCH

ROUNDTABLE:  CALIFORNIA'S PLACE IN ANTI-SLAVERY LITIGATION ON THE EVE OF THE CIVIL WAR

March 15, 2018
12:00 PM
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Presented by Alexandra Havrylyshyn, J.D. and Ph.D. candidate, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley, and Bancroft Library Study Award recipient

Between 1846 and 1851 New Orleans trial judge John McHenry ruled in favor of nearly twenty enslaved petitioners who sought freedom on the basis of having touched free soil. These rulings directly contravened Louisiana state legislation, but McHenry reasoned that they were in keeping with higher sources of law: constitutional, federal, and international. He migrated to California, and his personal and legal papers are now preserved in The Bancroft Library. Ms. Havrylyshyn's presentation will explore McHenry's political identification and the ways that anti-slavery litigation influenced California before the start of the Civil War.

EXHIBITION: BEARING LIGHT: BERKELEY AT 150

March 23, 2018 - February 1, 2019
Open during the operating hours of the Doe Library
Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California's sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.

 


 

APRIL

LECTURE: A PAPYROLOGICAL PIONEER: INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE LIFE AND CAREER OF JOSIAH GILBART SMYLY

April 3, 2018
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Morrison Library

Presented by Brian C. McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin

Gilbart Smyly (1867-1948), friend and collaborator of Tebtunis excavators Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt, was one of the pioneers of papyrology and responsible for deciphering and interpreting numerous papyri from the Berkeley collection and elsewhere. But he was a reclusive figure, little appreciated at his own institution, Trinity College Dublin, where he worked in the shadow of the flamboyant J.P. Mahaffy (who was an expert at hogging the limelight). Letters written to Smyly by Classical scholars from all over the world indicate, however, the high regard in which he was held. This lecture will discuss Smyly's background, life and career at Trinity College, and assess his academic achievement.

ROUNDTABLE:  FROM KITCHEN TABLES TO LABORATORIES: NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE AT UC BERKELEY, 1895-1930

April 19, 2018
12:00 PM
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Presented by Kimberly Killion, doctoral candidate, History, UC Berkeley, and Bancroft Library Study Award recipient

During the late nineteenth century, scientists from various fields began conducting experiments that would change the way most Americans defined, chose, and related to food. Forming the nascent field of nutritional science, this network of scientists included UC Berkeley’s first professor of nutrition, Myer Jaffa, who began conducting research on human nutrition in the 1890s. This research largely took place at the tables of his subjects, where he observed their dietary choices and health. By 1930, when Professor Agnes Fay Morgan led nutritional research at Berkeley, the science had shifted dramatically from field research to laboratory research. Drawing from the Jaffa and Morgan collections housed in The Bancroft Library, Ms. Killion will discuss the development of nutritional science on campus during a transformative period in American food history.

EXHIBITION: SUSTAINING GRANDEUR

April 20, 2018 - August, 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday
The Bancroft Library Gallery

Marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur is a collaborative exhibition between The Bancroft Library and the League. The exhibition explores the organization's first century protecting California’s redwood forests and the surrounding lands that sustain them, and looks forward to the League’s continued efforts to steward these magnificent landscapes. The exhibition documents the League's acquisitions of land, beginning in 1918, and its partnerships and negotiations with local, state, and federal governments as well as the timber industry—work that resulted in the creation of some of California’s unique and most treasured parks. The exhibition also showcases the League’s science-based initiatives, which deepen appreciation of the redwood ecosystem and provide insight into how the League will continue to protect and care for these magical places in the future. The materials presented include founding documents, photographs, archival footage, campaign material, correspondence, and artifacts illustrating important moments from the League’s and redwoods’ history.

EVENT: CAL DAY

April 21, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
UC Berkeley Campus

The Bancroft Library Gallery will be open for visitors on Cal Day from 10am to 4pm.

 


MAY

ROUNDTABLE: THE BUSINESS OF SILVER AND GOLD: COMSTOCK MINES, CALIFORNIA FINANCE, AND THE PRODUCTION OF MONEY IN THE GILDED AGE WEST, 1860-1879

May 17, 2018
12:00 PM
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Presented by Rick Elliott, Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship recipient and doctoral candidate, History, University of Illinois at Chicago

The discovery and mining of precious metals were central to the development of the American West, from the initial gold rush in 1848 through the end of the nineteenth century. But how was the region's silver and gold actually transformed into money—specie and bullion—and how did their production affect the American economy? Surveying the development of Nevada's Comstock Lode from 1860 to 1879, Mr. Elliott charts the production of these complex commodities from the mine to the mint and into circulation. By viewing California and Nevada as producers of bullion for a growing national financial system, Elliott offers a new perspective on the history of western mining and the region's role in the Gilded Age economy. The presentation will focus, in part, on how The Bancroft Library's collections have helped the speaker piece together the network of mines and mills on the Comstock, banks and brokers in San Francisco, and the rest of the nation's burgeoning financial system.