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Friends of The Bancroft Library Annual Meeting

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About the Annual Meeting

Each spring the Friends host an annual meeting.  It is open to all members of the Friends and their guests.

The luncheon gathering, often held in The Bancroft Library Reading Room, includes a business meeting with reports from the Director of The Bancroft Library, the Chair of the Council of the Friends, the Friends Treasurer, and the Chair of the Friends Nominating Committee.

The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award as well as various Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships and Awards are presented.

 

Distinguished Recipients of The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award

2017

Leanne Hinton
Emeritus professor of Linguistics at Berkeley

2016

William Taylor
Emeritus professor of Latin American History at Berkeley

2015

Maxine Hong Kingston
Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley, awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts by President Obama

2014 

Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz
Professors at Santa Clara University

2013 

Wayne Thiebaud
Painter and Professor of Art, UC Davis

2012 

Leon F. Litwack
Professor of American History Emeritus, UC Berkeley

2011 

Charles B. Faulhaber
Director Emeritus, The Bancroft Library

2010 

W. Michael Mathes
Historian of Spain, Mexico, and Baja California

2009 

The Lane Family
Sunset Magazine

2008 

Malcolm Margolin
Founder and Publisher of Heyday Books

2007 

Isabel Allende
Writer

2006 

Joan Didion
Writer

2005 

Kevin Starr
Historian and California State Librarian

2004 

William Barlow
Book Collector, Bibliographer, Bibliophile

2003 

Bernard M. Rosenthal
Book Seller and Scholar

2002 

John L. Heilbron
Historian of Science and Vice Chancellor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

2001 

Willa Baum
Oral Historian

2000 

J.S. Holliday
Historian and Author

1998 

Jean Stone
Editor and Philanthropist

1997 

Michael Harrison
Collector of Western Americana

Past Annual Meeting Speakers

2012

Kim Bancroft

Friends Council Member

"A Speech by Matilda Griffing Bancroft"

2008

Charlie Chin

Artist-in-Residence, Chinese Historical Society of America

"The Guest of the Flower Flag: The Chinese American Experience in the 20th Century"

2007

William Taylor

Professor, UC Berkeley

"Trouble with Miracles in The Bancroft Library: A Mexican Episode"

2006

Kevin Starr

State Librarian Emeritus and University Professor, University of Southern California

"The Bancroft Library: One Hundred Years of Helping California and the West Understand Itself"

2005

Lynne Withey

Director, University of California Press and author

"Abigail Williams and the American Revolution"

2004

Maxine Hong Kingston

Author and poet

"Poetry and Peace"

2003

Martin Cruz Smith

Author of Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Havana Bay, December 6, and other novels

"A Conversation with Orville Schell, Dean of the School of Journalism"

2002

Thomas Sanchez 

Author of Rabbit Boss, Mile Zero, Zoot-suit Murders, and Day of the Bees

"Native Notes from the Land of Earthquake and Fire: Journey of a California Writer"

2001

David Nasaw

Professor of History, City University of New York

"Biography of a Biography: The Chief: William Randolph Hearst"

2000

Moderator: Michael Krasny

Panelists: Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Rodriguez, and Al Young

"California Literature in the Twenty-first Century"

 

List of Speakers from 1948-1999

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