Friends of The Bancroft Library Annual Meeting
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
Emeritus professor of Latin American History at Berkeley
Maxine Hong Kingston
Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley, awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts by President Obama
Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz
Professors at Santa Clara University
Painter and Professor of Art, UC Davis
Leon F. Litwack
Professor of American History Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Charles B. Faulhaber
Director Emeritus, The Bancroft Library
W. Michael Mathes
Historian of Spain, Mexico, and Baja California
The Lane Family
Founder and Publisher of Heyday Books
Historian and California State Librarian
Book Collector, Bibliographer, Bibliophile
Bernard M. Rosenthal
Book Seller and Scholar
John L. Heilbron
Historian of Science and Vice Chancellor Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Historian and Author
Editor and Philanthropist
Collector of Western Americana
Past Annual Meeting Speakers
Friends Council Member
"A Speech by Matilda Griffing Bancroft"
Artist-in-Residence, Chinese Historical Society of America
"The Guest of the Flower Flag: The Chinese American Experience in the 20th Century"
Professor, UC Berkeley
"Trouble with Miracles in The Bancroft Library: A Mexican Episode"
State Librarian Emeritus and University Professor, University of Southern California
"The Bancroft Library: One Hundred Years of Helping California and the West Understand Itself"
Director, University of California Press and author
"Abigail Williams and the American Revolution"
Maxine Hong Kingston
Author and poet
"Poetry and Peace"
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"
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"
Professor of History, City University of New York
"Biography of a Biography: The Chief: William Randolph Hearst"
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