UC Berkeley Library

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UC Berkeley Library History Room

The University Library houses a Library History Room, located on the first floor of Doe Library, adjacent to the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery. Large wall murals and framed posters offer visitors a visual and descriptive history of the UC Berkeley Library system. The growth and development of the University Library and its vital place in the teaching and research mission of the University of California,Berkeley are evident in this historical presentation.

Building Bancroft: The Evolution of a Library

Building Bancroft: The Evolution of a Library presents the documentary history of The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The exhibit traces the development of The Bancroft Library, from its beginnings as the personal collection of businessman and historian Hubert Howe Bancroft to its current role as one of the premiere archival and special collections repositories in the nation. Documents, photographs, illustrations, and other materials offer an introduction to more than one hundred and fifty years in the life of The Bancroft Library.

University Librarians

beginning 10/1/2015

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

9/1/2000-6/30/2015

Thomas C. Leonard

1998-2000

Gerald R. Lowell

1998

Penny Abel
Interim

1994-1998

Peter Lyman

1992-1994

Dorothy Gregor

1978-1992

Joseph A. Rosenthal

1972-1978

Richard M. Dougherty

1971-1972

Eldred Smith
Interim

1968-1972

James E. Skipper

1945-1968

Donald Coney

1919-1945

Harold L. Leupp

1875-1919

Joseph C. Rowell
(1st full-time University Librarian)

1874-1875

Professor Edward Rowland Sill, English
Instructor Carlos F. Gompertz, Spanish

1869-1874

Professor William Swinton, English

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