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Current and Upcoming Bancroft Exhibits

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Current Exhibits

New Favorites: Collecting in The Bancroft Tradition

April 21 to September 1, 2017

The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces carefully collected in years past. Gold Rush-era memoirs and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the African American community in San Francisco after World War II are but a few of the items featured.

The exhibition showcases the Bancroft curators and their distinctive collecting practices, which expand the remarkable vision of library founder Hubert Howe Bancroft–documenting California as it was happening and building a library for the American West that would rival its European antecedents.


Teachers at the Center: The Story of the National Writing Project

April 17 - September 1, 2017

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

The National Writing Project is a professional development network for teachers of writing at all levels, from early childhood to university.  This exhibition explores the history of the organization, from its origins within the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley to its present status as a nationwide network, drawing from the newly available National Writing Project records and other Bancroft Library collections.



Guerra Civil @ 80

September 1st, 2016 - July 1st, 2017

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

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the exhibition documents the role of both the Republicans, who were defending the democratically elected government, and the Nationalists, the right-wing rebel forces led by General Francisco Franco. The exhibition also addresses how the war, which unfolded from 1936 to 1939, affected the lives of the people of Spain and American volunteers fighting on the front lines or assisting in the war effort, as well as how the conflict precipitated an intense creative response from within and outside Spain.

A complementary exhibition, Incite the Spirit: Poster Art of the Spanish Civil War, is on exhibit from September 6 - December 8, 2016 at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall.

Please visit https://www.spanishcivilwar80.berkeley.edu/ to learn more about the UC Berkeley events commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War.

Exhibition Press Release

Image citation: United American Spanish Aid / New Year’s Eve Ball, [1940]. Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post Records. The Bancroft Library, BANC MSS 71/105z, folder 8