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Due to Covid-19, some of Bancroft's events will be conducted online via Zoom.

Please note: As per the University's guidelines, all participants and hosts are now required to sign in to a Zoom account prior to joining meetings hosted by UC Berkeley. The Bancroft Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations or have questions about an event, please email banc-roundtable@berkeley.edu for the Roundtables, and bancroft@library.berkeley.edu for other Bancroft-sponsored events.


SEPTEMBER

ROUNDTABLE: Expanding Access to WWII Japanese American Incarceree Data Using Machine Learning

September 16th
Noon
Presented by Marissa Friedman, Digital Project Archivist, The Bancroft Library
Register via Zoom

In 2020, the Bancroft Library embarked on a National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant to digitize and extract data from the War Relocation Authority (WRA) Form 26 individual records of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII. These two-page, primarily typewritten forms were coded onto computer punch cards by the WRA in the 1940s, turned into a data file in the 1960s at UC Berkeley, used to pay reparations in the 1980s, and finally deposited at the National Archives. That Internee Data File has since served as the authoritative record of incarcerated Japanese Americans, despite errors, omissions, and truncations in the data file. As Bancroft likely holds the only remaining complete set of original Form 26 records, organized by camp, we plan to digitize the forms and use Artificial Intelligence/machine learning to extract the form text and build a more complete and accurate dataset. We hope this new dataset will serve as a valuable resource for survivors, their families, and researchers.

OCTOBER

EXHIBITION & GALLERY TALKS: Uprooted: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans

October 1st
10am - 2pm

Next year marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced evacuation of all persons of Japanese descent, including American citizens, from their homes on the West Coast to assembly centers and internment camps during World War II. The exhibition looks at original documents, photographs, and films of the time, with an emphasis on the response of internees, drawn from their letters, scrapbooks, artworks, photographs, and interviews. Exhibition curators will give gallery talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Space is limited to 20 guests per tour in order to comply with COVID-19 preventative safety measures.

EXHIBITION & GALLERY TALKS: Uprooted: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans

October 2nd
10am - 2pm

Next year marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced evacuation of all persons of Japanese descent, including American citizens, from their homes on the West Coast to assembly centers and internment camps during World War II. The exhibition looks at original documents, photographs, and films of the time, with an emphasis on the response of internees, drawn from their letters, scrapbooks, artworks, photographs, and interviews. Exhibition curators will give gallery talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Space is limited to 20 guests per tour in order to comply with COVID-19 preventative safety measures.

ROUNDTABLE: A Good Drink: In Pursuit of Sustainable Spirits

October 21st
Noon
Presented by Shanna Farrell, Interviewer, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library
Register via Zoom

Shanna Farrell, an interviewer at the Oral History Center, will join the Bancroft Roundtable to discuss her new book, A Good Drink: In Pursuit of Sustainable Spirits. Before she was an oral historian, she was a bartender. She not only mixed drinks and poured spirits, but learned their stories--who made them and how. In A Good Drink, Farrell takes readers on a global journey to meet farmers, distillers, and bartenders who are driving the transformation to sustainable spirits. Along the way, she reveals the urgent need for a sustainable spirits movement, as distilling requires huge volumes of water, bars generate mountains of trash, and crops for spirits are often grown with chemicals that are health hazards and environmental pollutants. Farrell will discuss how she drew on her training as an oral historian to research the environmental issues at hand, meeting and interviewing featured narrators, and the strengths of taking an interdisciplinary approach to tell the story of what's at stake for sustainable spirits.

NOVEMBER

ROUNDTABLE: The Photographs of the Northwest Boundary Survey, 1857 to 1862

November 18th
Noon
Presented by James Eason, Principal Archivist, Pictorial Collection, The Bancroft Library
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Photographs and papers of surveyor George Clinton Gardner are part of Bancroft Library's Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection. The forty-five albumen prints are an exceedingly rare set, and are products of one of the earliest attempts to use photography in government surveys of the Western landscape. In 1860 and 1861 photographers of the British Corps of Royal Engineers made these images as a joint commission sought to locate the 49th parallel, marking the border dividing the Washington Territory and British Columbia, working inland to the Continental Divide. They photographed rugged woods, mountains, and marshes and made portraits of Native Americans of the region. Pictorial Collections Archivist James Eason will present selections of the landscapes and portraiture, and share observations based on his research into related sets found at the archives of the Corps of Royal Engineers in Chatham, Kent, at the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Library of Congress.