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EXHIBITION: Fiat Yuks: CAL Student Humor, Then and Now

Through November 22nd
Open during the operating hours of the Doe Library
Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students' cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected from their humor magazines and other publications.


ROUNDTABLE:  The Makings of a Mutiny: Ghadri Poetry and Interrogations of Subjugated Knowledge in History

September 19th
12:00 PM
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Presented by Amrit Deol, Ph.D. Candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced, and The Bancroft Library Edward F. and Marianne E. Meylan Fellowship Fund award recipient

How did a group of Indian laborers on the West Coast of the United States almost bring down the British Empire in the early 1900s? This presentation will discuss the history of the anti-colonial Ghadar Party, an Indian political organization formed in Astoria, Oregon in 1913 whose primary objectives were to free India from the British Raj and rid the world of imperialism. Throughout the next six years the party grew to include thousands of members around the globe, and political branches were established in North America, East Asia, Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The party’s headquarters in San Francisco housed a printing press and published reports, prose, political manifestos, histories, and – most famously – collections of political poetry known as the Ghadar Gunj, or “Echoes of Mutiny,” which motivated their fellow Indians to join the revolution. Deol will also examine how Sikhi, or Sikh thought, influenced the poems in the Ghadar Gunj.





EXHIBITION: Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections at the University of California, Berkeley

October 11, 2019 - May 2020
Open Monday-Friday, 10AM - 4PM
The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor Cases

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the Gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated, and conserved from antiquity to the present day. The Corridor showcases the innovative research being carried out on the Egyptian collections at the University of California, Berkeley, that continues to push scholarship forward in the twenty-first century. The things humans create often last beyond a single lifetime. Join us in considering the new lessons we can learn from the past lives of objects.


ROUNDTABLE: An Invaluable Resource: Archival Processing of Bancroft’s Environmental Collections

October 17th
12:00 PM
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Presented by Lisa Monhoff, Environmental Collections Project Archivist, The Bancroft Library

A leading resource of documentation on environmental movements in the U.S., The Bancroft Library holds the records of many significant environmental organizations and the papers of a range of environmental activists. A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission made possible a two-year project to process archival collections, and recently made available the records (and record additions) of the Earth Island Institute, Arizona Toxics Information, Friends of the Earth, Friends of the River, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, and the Sierra Club Legislative Office. In this lecture Monhoff will discuss the records of grassroots conservation campaigns, whose collections range from the 1960s to the 2000s, and individual connections and themes within the collections. Monhoff will also discuss the process of archival arrangement and description, and the preservation highlights and challenges encountered by the archivist and technical services team.





ROUNDTABLE: "To make letters live, that men themselves may have more life": Manuscript Analysis and the Lettering Arts

November 21st
12:00 PM
Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Presented by Chris McDonald, Assistant Pictorial Archivist, The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is home to one of the more significant collections of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the nation, with holdings rivaling the breadth and depth of those of such sister institutions as The Huntington Library and the Getty. Although used chiefly by scholars of art history, languages and literature, Bancroft’s medieval and renaissance manuscripts play a very active role in the library’s instructional programs for the benefit of scholars throughout Berkeley’s diverse academic disciplines. While the content of the texts and illuminations are the most commonly studied aspects of these manuscripts, another long-standing – if more esoteric – tradition of study pertains to the letterforms of the scripts. Manuscript analysis, a discipline first formalized by Edward Johnston, was developed as a cornerstone skill in the modern revival of Western lettering, calligraphy, and illumination that emerged in England in the early twentieth century. To this day the discipline has served as an important key for lettering artists in their quest to understand and draw inspiration from historical letterforms. Chris McDonald, archivist in The Bancroft Library’s Pictorial Unit, will draw on his training as a scribe to elucidate the technique and value of this discipline as practiced by today’s calligraphers, type designers, and other lettering artists. Analysis of a selection of manuscripts from Bancroft’s collection will illustrate the presentation.