Uprooted: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans chronicles the life and stories of thousands who were imprisoned during World II.
Felon charged with battery, lewd conduct at Berkeley library
A 27-year-old man reported to have pushed and hit a librarian after “masturbating to pornography” on a computer at the downtown Berkeley library is now facing criminal charges and a civil restraining order.
UC’s Oral History Center captures personal histories of the ‘Right to Marry’ campaign
The personal history of Tyler Deacon, a gay Republican, is one of 23 oral histories included in the project.
A former Cal librarian’s recipe for life: bake, swim, give
Around 5 a.m. in his kitchen, David Kessler slices turkey for sandwiches he makes daily with homemade bread. Photo: Brittany Kirstin By Gretchen Kell / Berkeley News Before sunrise, swimmers begin arriving at UC Berkeley’s Hearst Pool for workouts, their fins, goggles and caps in tow. Like 67-year-old David Kessler, many are diehard swimmers conditioned […]
Mark Twain commemorative coin will help UC Berkeley
Mark Twain is a gift that keeps on giving to UC Berkeley. In October, UC Press published the third volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The first volume, which ran to 760 pages, was a runaway bestseller with more than 275, 000 copies in print. It came out in 2010 – 100 years after Twain’s death […]
‘Saved by the Bay’ at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life explores lives of academic refugees
This student ID card belonged to Manfred Bukofzer, who came to the U.S. in 1939 and to UC Berkeley as a musicologist in 1941. His papers are in the campus music library. Image courtesy The Magnes Saved by the Bay: The Intellectual Migration from Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley, the exhibition currently on view at […]
Era ends: Liquidation sale at Berkeley’s Serendipity Books
Three rooms of these bookcases were entirely empty when Eureka Books took over Serendipity Books. By moving books from high shelves down, and from the bags and boxes on the floor, the bookshelves are completely full again. Photo: Scott Brown When Peter Howard, the owner of Serendipity Books, died in March 2011, he left behind […]
Author mines the riches of the Bancroft Library
Few people know the mysteries of the Bancroft Library as well as Susan Snyder. As public services coordinator for the past 20 years, Snyder has spent countless hours scouring the stacks to retrieve material for patrons. She has helped researchers locate obscure letters, tracked down elusive photographs, and occasionally stumbled upon artifacts that had largely […]
The night Pablo Picasso heard the UC Berkeley fight song
Alice B. Toklas and Harriet Lane Levy in Fiesole, Italy in 1909. Photo: Bancroft Library In 1908, a Jewish woman from San Francisco named Harriet Lane Levy was invited to a supper in Montmartre to honor the painter Henri Rousseau. This was no ordinary supper: its hosts were the painter Pablo Picasso and his lover, […]
A Berkeley celebration of Mark Twain
There were no jumping frogs but there was a lot of celebratory cheer Wednesday evening at the official book launch of Mark Twain’s autobiography. Since the esteemed humorist died 100 years ago and couldn’t read from his own text, other authors, poets, actors, and filmmakers did the honors. Under a carved wooden ceiling in the […]
Magnes collections get new downtown Berkeley home
Construction on a new facility to hold the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library will start in a week. UC Berkeley held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday night for the collection, which will be housed in a building at 2121 Allston Way, near Oxford Street. UC President Mark Yudof, UC Berkeley […]
Director of Bancroft Library to retire
Interior of the Bancroft Library Charles Faulhaber, who recently oversaw the $64 million renovation of the Bancroft Library, announced this week that he will retire from his post in June 2011. Faulhaber, 68, will have spent 42 years on the UC Berkeley campus by that time – the last 16 as director of the Bancroft. […]