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Current and Upcoming Bancroft Exhibits

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Current Exhibits

Facing West: Camera Portraits from The Bancroft Collection

November 9, 2018 - July 15, 2019

The Bancroft Library Gallery
10am - 4pm

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, FACING WEST presents a cast of characters who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft's original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific Islands and included Mexico and Central America. They represent photographic techniques, formats, and genres from the Gold Rush era to the present, from the daguerreotype to the digital, from the panoramic to the personal, and from the studio to the street. In them we see ourselves and others through time, light, and lens.


Barbara Boxer

November 1, 2018 - February 15, 2019

3rd Floor Exhibit Cases, Bancroft Library
Viewable during the open hours of Bancroft's Heller Reading Room.

Just in time for the midterm elections, The Bancroft Library presents an exhibit featuring former California Senator Barbara Boxer. The exhibit highlights Boxer's career in Congress and her involvement with women's issues through photographs, manuscripts, and awards from the Barbara Boxer collection. The library received her collection in 2016. The exhibit also includes books by and about Boxer, and photographs from the San Francisco Examiner Photograph collection.

Image citation: Sandra Day O'Conner, Barbara Boxer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Pictorial material from the Barbara Boxer papers. BANC PIC 2017.025--PIC, Box 1, Folder 5


Fiat Yuks: CAL Student Humor, Then and Now

October 13, 2017 - May 2019

Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library
Open during the operating hours of the 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.



Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Through February 1, 2019

2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library
Open 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

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.

Image citation: Official University Poster. Welcome Week, August 21-25, 1995. Jenne Mowry, designer.  BANC MSS 2016/119, Box 1, Book 3 of 3