Historical Research Workshop

Exploring the Bancroft Library

Hey y’all, next week (9/30-10/4) we’re going to be hanging out in the Bancroft Library. As the best run housing source for primary and rare sources on campus, the Bancroft will undoubtedly prove as a valuable source through your collegiate career.

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Before our trip to the Bancroft, we will be reading Exploring the Bancroft Library, The Centennial Guide to Its Extraordinary History, Spectacular Special Collections, Research Pleasures, Its Amazing Future, and How it All Works. While the title may be a bit grandiose, this piece provides a good overview of some of the Bancroft’s main collections – including the likes of Western Americana, Latin Americana, and the collection of Tebtunis Papyri, amongst others, of course.

Helpful Links: The Bancroft LibraryNew at BancroftGeneral Information,The Bancroft Collection

Do any of these collections appeal to you as an individual or for your research projects? Is there anything that you would like to know in particular about the Bancroft?

13 comments for “Exploring the Bancroft Library

  1. Charlotte Hull
    September 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    This collection is incredible! I can’t decide between a first edition of Paradise Lost or a first edition of Origin of the Species; I’d be thrilled to see either.

  2. Hannah Nichols
    September 26, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I’d like to look at “Relación historiada de las exeqvias fvnerales de la Magestad del Rey D. Philippo II Nvestro Señor : edición facsímile del manuscrito original.” It’s a reprint of a description of one of the many funeral processions for Spain’s King Philip II, which Miguel Cervantes lampooned. There’s also “La pompa fvnerale fatta in Napoli nell’esseqvie del Catholico re Filippo II di Avstria,” which I think is the original 1599 document describing similar “elaborate funeral services held at Naples to commemorate the death of King Philip II of Spain” (per the description on OskiCat).

  3. Nathan Myers
    September 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I have been a huge fan of the photographer Ansel Adams for many years, and I have written a research paper on him, but I have never seen in person one of his actual prints, especially of the Sierra Nevada Mountains (the photos he is perhaps most famous for). Therefore when I saw that Bancroft has some of his early prints (from 1927) I knew that I wanted to see them, not only because they are Ansel Adams images but to see the Sierra Nevada in 1927 will be awesome.

  4. Alexis Munoz
    September 27, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Although my topic has nothing to do with Latin America, I am so excited to view that collection. I am especially excited to see the Codex Fernandez Leal.

  5. Chao Yang
    September 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    The Mark Twain Papers and Project collection looks interesting!

  6. Cord Brooks
    September 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I’ll echo the enthusiasm for the Mark Twain Papers. As far as my topic, the William Tyndale translation of the New Testament could be relevant.

  7. Olivia Marston
    October 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The ‘Racial and Ethnic Documentation’ looks particularly interesting- especially the government records such as those for the California Federation for Civic Unity and those for the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Immigration and Housing. I’m very curious to see how the government perceived and acted on issues relating to race and ethnicity.

  8. Korey Haman
    October 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Wow, this all looks super awesome and exciting. Although I don’t see anything that really relates to my topic, there’s many things I’d be interested in personally. Letters between Mark Twain and friends/family members, and the food/wine oral history of California both sound really interesting. Also, related to my Southern Border class a little bit, I’d be interested in looking at Mexican Revolution and 20th century stuff, along with the pioneer stuff from Western U.S development. Ok, that’s probably too much to look at in two hours but whatever, it all looks great.

  9. Christina Valli
    October 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    The overview of the collections at Bancroft amazed me-there are so many exciting sources! For my FSM topic the Collection of the University of California will be very useful especially the Free Speech Movement Papers and the Clark Kerr Papers. The social movements of California should be worth a look, as well as the Pat Brown Papers. Personally I’m very interested in the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute Records because last semester I did an internship at Meiklejohn and am very interested about what The Bancroft has on them.

  10. Kamyar Jarahzadeh
    October 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    The University related stuff looks amazing! I spotted some old issues of the Iranian student magazine. Could be very useful in my topic! I haven’t looked through the individual collections though, but just searching for “Iran” brings some great early 20th century material up.

  11. Caitlin O'Neal
    October 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    The collection of medieval manuscripts is so exciting! I’m thinking of making my specialization medieval Europe, so getting to touch those was amazing. I’d love to be able to look at their 15th Century book of hours.

  12. Jason Troia
    October 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    It isn’t related to my topic, but I’m interested in seeing the UC History archives. I understand that the Bancroft has extensive UC President’s Office documents as part of their collection. I bet that is a rich resource.

  13. Clifton
    November 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I was fascinated by the abundance of material and range of topics that the Bancroft has available to us. Although I did not see anything that might be relevant to my particular project I was excited about attending the class just to see whatever we could. I was amazed and grateful that they had a poster from WWI that would lead to several primary sources directly related to my topic.

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