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Current and Upcoming Bancroft Exhibits

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Current Exhibits

Facing West: Camera Portraits from The Bancroft Collection

April 1 - 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.


Michael Maurice O’Shaughnessy (1864-1934): Engineering the Promised Land

March 14 - June 2019

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

Michael Maurice O' Shaughnessy completed his engineering degree in 1884 at Queen's College Galway, Ireland (now NUI Galway). He emigrated to the United States soon after, eventually settling in California. A highly successful engineer in his private practice, O'Shaughnessy was San Francisco City Engineer from 1912 until 1932. He was responsible for developing much of the city's infrastructure, including its water and public transportation systems along with bridges, tunnels, streets, and sewers, all of which contributed to making San Francisco a modern metropolis. He is best known for developing the Hetch Hetchy water system, including the dam that bears his name.

Image citation: M.M. O'Shaughnessy with two workers on dam scaffolding, [M.M. O'Shaughnessy photograph collection], BANC PIC 1992.058--PIC, Carton 5:40


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